Keren Elazari has spent her life researching and participating in hacker communities. The Israeli-born cybersecurity expert, a senior researcher at the Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, founded BSides Tel Aviv and is a strong advocate for those ethical hackers who break things to make them stronger. Her keynote address at SecTor 2018 focused on how friendly hackers serve their organizations, and highlighted some of the amazing things that they found. We sat down with her to discuss some of the ways in which collaboration between hackers has changed over the years as the community has evolved.
One thing came through clearly from our discussion with Elazari: The nature of hacker collaboration is changing. Even the platforms on which they operate are shifting, as social networks, AI and new crowdsourced economic models alter the hacking landscape. It is creating a new, more inclusive hacker community that permits more voices, and broader perspectives. “The hacker nation is a global tribe,” she says. After all, intelligence and inquiry should know no borders.
See her keynote address here for a deeper dive into the past, present and future of cybersecurity.