Become a Cybersecurity Hero: An Interview with a White Hat Hacker

Making sure the future of security is simple and accessible to everyone is one of Baloo’s main missions as a white hat hacker.

While the terms might be more familiar to fans of old-fashioned cowboy films, “white hat” and “black hat” have found modern relevance in the world of computer hacking.

In the black-and-white cowboy films of yesteryear, the concept of the white hat vs. the black hat was originally developed to help audiences easily identify the hero and the villain. Today, these terms are now used to identify two types of hackers: white hat hackers and black hat hackers. 

Much like their cowboy inspiration, white hat hackers are considered to be in the hero camp, as they perform a valuable public service by stress-testing technology and looking for security vulnerabilities so they can be fixed before they’re exploited by their black hat counterparts. 

Black hat hackers, cybersecurity’s villains, are out for money, power, and chaos, using their talents to enrich themselves at the expense of others’ well-being. 

To learn more about how to become a white hat hacker, we sat down with Avast Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Jaya Baloo to get her inside perspective on what white hat hackers do, how to become a white hat hacker, and why their work is so crucial to cybersecurity at large. 

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