Ethics Club speaker dives into world of ethical hacking

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the David Eccles School of Business’ Ethics Club was fortunate to hear from Elizabeth Rogers, who is currently a part of the Michael Best Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. Rogers focused her presentation on ethical hacking, which consists of legally breaking into computers and devices to test an organization’s internal defenses. These White-Hat hackers are oftentimes sought out by the companies themselves, looking to ensure the privacy of their organization’s information systems. Large conferences like Black Hat, DefCon, Hack in the Box, and more bring together Hackers, both White and Black Hat.

In her presentation, sponsored by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, Rogers outlines a few ethical hacking case studies, one of the most famous taking place at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in 2005. Michael Lynn gave a controversial presentation on vulnerabilities he had found in Cisco routers. Lynn urged Cisco to fix this breach, but when they ignored him for months, he decided to present their negligence to thousands.

Based in Austin, Rogers specialized in issues regarding breach responses, cybersecurity, and other similar topics in a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, and government. Currently a professor at the University of Texas: Austin, she also works with students at the University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute consulting with students on their start-up projects.

If you are interested in hearing more from Roger’s presentation to the Ethics Club, watch the video below.

About the Author

Anna Terry is a Marketing and Information Systems student at the David Eccles School of Business. She currently serves as an intern for the Marketing + Communications team.

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