Episode 1: The Future of Crowdsourced Security with Synack

Ever wondered just how vulnerable you are to a cyber-attack? This week on You Should Know This, I sit down with Jay Kaplan, the co-founder and CEO of Synack, a cybersecurity company. Bringing a unique twist to an established industry is a big ask, but that is exactly what Synack is doing with their crowdsourced solutions to ongoing digital security attacks. We discuss what it's like working for the NSA, what it means to be an 'ethical hacker,' how the cybersecurity industry has been impacted by COVID-19 and more. For more details on the episode as well as resources on the cybersecurity industry, check out the show notes for this episode.


Clara Mouawad

Clara is the Content Specialist at BCC Research, where she spends her time writing blogs and white papers, designing graphics and thinking up ways BCC can take over the world...like with a podcast.

A world traveler (less so during COVID19, of course), marketing whiz and always thirsty for knowledge, Clara finds innovators in a variety of fields and asks the question that our listeners want to know: How will this industry, technology or company shape how we live and work in the future?

Episode Timeline

  • [00:31]Introducing the world of cyber-security
  • [01:23]Jay's story and what brought him to cyber-security
  • [04:07]On working for the NSA
  • [06:18]The inspiration behind co-founding Synack
  • [08:15]Talking about ethical hackers
  • [10:14]How Synack hires ethical hackers
  • [13:22]The role of AI in Synack
  • [15:47]How Synack solutions operate
  • [18:46]Creating innovation in a rigid industry
  • [20:50]The impact of Covid-19 on the industry
  • [22:33]Trends that will continue post Covid-19