Hackers are a huge help when it comes to fixing problems, a cyber security expert says.
“There are actually a lot of good hackers out there that are revealing vulnerabilities and bugs in technology that we all rely on,” Keren Elazari told CBC’s Mainstreet. Elazari, who studies cyber-conflict and politics at Tel Aviv University, was the opening keynote speaker at the Atlantic Security Conference in Halifax on Thursday.
There are examples in many industries, including medical device manufacturers, the auto industry and the online world. Even companies as big as Google pay hackers a “bug bounty” for the weaknesses they find, said Elazari.
She also said that there are less progressive companies in the tech industry are waking up to the fact it makes sense to offer incentives.”A lot of companies are still kind of reluctant to open their doors to hackers.… That’s something I’m trying to change.”