Hacking in the Public Interest

Tuesday, April 16, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

60 minutes, including Q&A

When discussing security technology, we use terms like "attacker" and "defender" without any moral connotations. But in the real world, all security technologies are embedded in some broader social context. It doesn't matter to the cryptography whether the user is a criminal or human rights defender, but it does matter to those who implement and attack the secure communications system. As we come to understand that all security is "dual use," we need to examine the role that ethical hackers play in both strengthening and attacking cybersecurity as it is applied to social causes and protecting the public interest. In this webcast, Dark Reading Executive Editor Kelly Jackson Higgins interviews Bruce Schneier to get his current views on these issues.

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Guest Presenters:

Bruce Schneier

Internationally renowned security technologist

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by the Economist. He is the author of 14 books -- including the New York Times best-seller "Click Here to Kill Everybody" -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and VerifiedVoting.org. He is the Chief Security Architect for Inrupt, Inc. and the Solid Project.

Kelly Jackson Higgins

Executive Editor

Dark Reading

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise Magazine, Virginia Business magazine, and other major media properties. Jackson Higgins was recently selected as one of the Top 10 Cybersecurity Journalists in the US, and named as one of Folio's 2019 Top Women in Media. She began her career as a sports writer in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, and earned her BA at William & Mary. Follow her on Twitter: @kjhiggins.

Sponsor Presenter:

Travis Isaacson

Global Sales Engineering


Travis Isaacson, Global Sales Engineering team lead at Detectify, works with security teams to utilize the latest crowdsourced vulnerability research in their automated security practices and keep web applications secure. He has a background in supply chain logistics and digital AdTech. He also dabbles in ethical hacking and bug bounties outside of office hours.

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