Dec 9, 2021
Ted Harrington is the #1 best-selling Author of Hackable: How to do Application Security Right. He is also the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators, a company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, web applications, and password managers. Ted has helped hundreds of companies — including Google, Amazon, and Netflix — fix security vulnerabilities. He also hosts the Tech Done Different podcast.
In addition to this, Ted is a professional keynote speaker and the Co-founder of IoT Village, a traveling hacking event series. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer at NMG Technologies and the Director at Wolfpack.
Hackers are evil people trying to destroy companies and wreak havoc on the world of privacy and security. Right?
Not necessarily. The word hacking and the term hacker have become grossly abused. Hackers are neither good nor bad — they are simply problem solvers. They see a system and say, “It’s supposed to do one thing. Can it do this other thing instead?” As Ted Harrington explains, the differentiating factor is the hacker’s motivation: are they after personal gain or trying to harm an organization? Those are attackers. On the other hand, ethical hackers find vulnerabilities in order to fix them and make the technology stronger. By identifying all the holes in your security perimeter, a team of ethical hackers can show you how to make your defense almost impenetrable.
In this episode of She Said Privacy/He Said Security, Jodi and Justin Daniels sit down with Ted Harrington, Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators, to discuss how ethical hackers can improve your company’s cybersecurity. Ted talks about why many companies' security is lagging behind technology developments, the benefits of ethical hacking, and his tips for keeping your passwords secure.