#CyberFLASH: Cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari lauds ‘good hackers’ at Halifax conference

cra-passwords-security_211076204-e1402005190177Not all hackers are bad guys and, in fact, the outlaws of the technology world are a huge help when it comes to fixing problems, a cybersecurity 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.

Sometimes the work hackers do is the only reason companies know about issues with their technologies, she said.

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.

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