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HackerOne CEO: 'We’re building the world’s biggest security talent agency'

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    Marten Mickos, a veteran executive with companies from MySQL to Sun, Nokia and HP, was not particularly excited about his meeting to explore a leadership role with HackerOne, a fledgling security company. Security is hard, it’s unpleasant, it doesn’t work very well. But he perked up fast after learning about HackerOne’s crowdsourced model of finding and fixing security flaws – a model in which HackerOne plays a key matchmaking role between companies and ethical hackers in a rapidly growing marketplace of skills and needs.

    Those are still conducted through your platform, those private bounty programs?

    With increasing organization in the world, increasing internet access, good STEM education in many countries in the world, there is no practical limit to how many hackers we can find. We get them from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Russia, all the Russian-speaking countries, Western Europe, the U.S.A., Chile, Argentina. It’s fantastic to see them because you suddenly realize that there are all these mostly young people who have a burning desire to make the world safer and, of course, make some money at the same time. They have such great intent and instincts about this. I don’t think we’ll run out of hackers ever. Just like in open source software, we have never run out of contributors.

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