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Helpful hackers

Hospital leaks patient records’, ‘Public transport smartcard has more holes than a sieve’, ‘Mobile banking app unsafe’ – it seems that everything can be hacked these days. Fortunately, the person who discovers a flaw is not necessarily a cybercriminal but is often someone who wants to help improve cyber security. He or she immediately contacts the system owner so that the problem can be solved. A well-coordinated approach allows everyone to learn from the exercise we call ‘responsible disclosure’.

The Netherlands is a world leader in responsible disclosure. The Dutch like to resolve conflicts through a process of general consultation: the famous ‘polder model’. This seems a particularly appropriate approach in the realm of IT and cyber security, since there is no central authority with overall responsibility but many diverse players, each responsible for their own tiny part of a vast and complex system.

For the last four years, researcher Chris van ’t Hof has been collecting stories from the hackers, system owners, IT specialists, managers, journalists, politicians and lawyers who have been key players in a number of prominent disclosures. His book “Helpful Hackers.” (2016) offers a glimpse into the mysterious world of cyber security, revealing how hackers can help us all.
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DSS ITSEC in an annual, international and largest in the Baltic States cyber-security, data protection, privacy tech and business conference and expo from 2010, event annually brings together top ICT Security professionals from industry’s leading technology vendors, international organisations and agencies, local and regional businesses, as well as, representatives of government and public sector.

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