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Unlocking Cybersecurity With Crowdsourced Ethical Hacking

Dave Gerry and Emily Ferdinando of Bugcrowd on Connecting Customers and Hackers
Dave Gerry, CEO, and Emily Ferdinando, vice president, marketing, Bugcrowd

Tapping into the creativity of the ethical hacker community, combined with the expertise of internal security teams, enables organizations to stay one step ahead of cyberthreats, said Emily Ferdinando, vice president of marketing at Bugcrowd. CEO Dave Gerry concurred, adding that the ability of hackers to exploit vulnerabilities faster makes it beneficial for organizations to collaborate with the growing community.

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"It takes a crowd of defenders to defeat an army of adversaries," Gerry said, emphasizing the growing requirement for crowdsourced ethical hacking. Bugcrowd, a SaaS platform, helps achieve that by connecting customers with hackers, offering bug bounty solutions, vulnerability disclosure programs, penetration testing, attack recon and more, he said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Black Hat Europe 2023, Ferdinando and Gerry also discussed:

  • The benefits of crowdsourced ethical hacking over pen testing and red teaming;
  • Bugcrowd's CrowdMatch solution and how it pairs the right hackers with the right skill sets;
  • Bugcrowd's "Inside the Mind of a Hacker" report and the role of artificial intelligence in ethical hacking.

Prior to Bugcrowd, Gerry served as CRO and COO at WhiteHat Security. He has been in the AppSec market for nearly a decade and has held key leadership positions within several cybersecurity companies including Veracode and Sumo Logic.

Ferdinando is a go-to-market strategist with more than 15 years of experience. Her expertise spans strategic planning, functional modeling, operational process, leadership coaching, and building teams.

About the Author

Tony Morbin

Tony Morbin

Executive News Editor, EU

Morbin is a veteran cybersecurity and tech journalist, editor, publisher and presenter working exclusively in cybersecurity for the past decade – at ISMG, SC Magazine and IT Sec Guru. He previously covered computing, finance, risk, electronic payments, telecoms, broadband and computing, including at the Financial Times. Morbin spent seven years as an editor in the Middle East and worked on ventures covering Hong Kong and Ukraine.

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