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I’ve been speaking about hacking recently and about how risky it is for a person to be a hacker’s target. However, not everything about hacking is dangerous for people, as not all hackers use their talents to scoop classified information or to spy on people’s webcams. Hackers can also use their skills for good causes because companies nowadays are in need of cyber protection.
How could a hacker be handy for companies and corporations?
As weird as this may sound, companies are actually hiring hackers to break into their systems. This type of request is due to the fact that CEOs are currently trying to find their own vulnerabilities in order to improve their systems, thus becoming more protected.
HackerOne for hacking issues
According to Business Insider, hackers are supported by Marten Mickos, the CEO of HackerOne, a start-up which helps other companies to hire hackers capable of breaking into their systems, all in the name of cyber security. With the help of the “bug bounty” programs developed by HackerOne, hackers are invited to break into the information system of other companies and then are rewarded based on their findings. The bigger the gap they find in the system, the bigger the reward. This way, companies understand how hackers think and how are they able to breach the software, but with zero risks and complete control.
As people are the main problem, people must also be the solution
Marten joined the company about half a year ago after he had realized that the company was the turning point in cyber security. He developed programs capable of keeping rogue hackers away, but he also understood that it’s not the technology that helps people remain safe against cyber attacks, because people are the ones who use the technology for hacking purposes. So he figured that people are the solution as well.
Marten stated that HackerOne had a network of thousands of teenager hackers who were found on Facebook and Twitter. He managed to make acquaintances with teenagers from the Philippines, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, England, Russia, and Scandinavia. He mentioned that they were everywhere and full of hope. As a new generation of computer fanatics is now rising, Marten believes that they will be the ones to build a new type of digital society with better virtual protection.
The Pentagon also looking for hackers
HackerOne has a pretty impressive list of clients like Uber, DropBox, Airbnb, Github, and Twitter. But their biggest client up until now is the Pentagon itself. The American Defense department closed a contract with HackerOne in May. Over 1,400 hackers participated in the program and as they managed to find a total of 138 errors, they were rewarded with $71,200.