Written by Anna Vildaus
Ralph Echemendia is a benchmark in his field and the perfect example of turning your interests in an internationally recognised career. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, his alter ego The Ethical Hacker should.
Besides his memorable keynote speeches, he does everything from working as an instructor for NASA and doing consulting for the United Nations to being involved in the research process for the Snowden movie. Ralph’s extensive hands-on experience covers cyber security and ethical hacking as penetration tester, security expert, researcher and instructor. His recent appearance as a speaker at Pioneers’17 addressed identity security at its weakest.
There is not a field or a profession unaffected by hacking and the flaws of cyber security, and even if you may not notice anything happening while reading this, all our data is there free to access. Who better than Ralph himself to help setting some things clear:
Where does Ralph Echemendia end and The Ethical Hacker begin?
Hacking begins with Ralph Echemendia and doesn’t really end. While I have a personal life that includes family and friends as well as interest in other things like music and film, I apply the same mindset across my life. Hacking is a mindset.
What does ‘ethical hacker’ mean? How did you find yourself doing what you do?
It means that using this knowledge and skillset has to be done with a moral and legal criteria. I found early in my career that I could do what would otherwise be illegal in a legal and ethical way. It all started with training others on how this was done.
What is your take on the possible cybersecurity challenges the Baltic region might have to face due to the increasing global trades and investment?
I love and am part of the Baltic technology eco-system with my venture being based in Tallinn, Estonia. The biggest challenge I see (not only in cybersecurity but technology in general) is the human factor. Keeping good intelligent resources in the Baltic region is key to it’s growth and success. Too often the good ones leaving for jobs with companies in the UK, US and abroad.
Last but not least, what are you bringing to the table for TechChill 2018 and what expecting in return?
Knowledge, experience and the information needed to make you a more aware technology user and creator. Know what you don’t know you don’t know.
If our introduction made you curious, hack your way to TechChill 2018, hear Ralph out on the stage and meet him yourself! Early bird entrance pass will get you right there!
Photo courtesy of Pioneers’17