chief hacking officer


chief hacking officer
n.
The person in a corporation who is responsible for testing systems and programs to see if they are vulnerable to attacks by malicious hackers.
Example Citation:
"According to Dittrich, organizations should consider purchasing insurance to cover service disruptions, build incident response teams and hire a full-time chief hacking officer to scout for vulnerabilities and evaluate known attacks."
— Ann Harrison, "Stopping Attacks at Their Source," Computerworld, October 2, 2000
Earliest Citation:
"Marc Maiffret, chief hacking officer for the Internet security consulting firm of eEye Digital Security of Corona del Mar, Calif., says credit card information is stolen online almost every day."
— "Security considerations should be at top of list," Rochester Business Journal, January 28, 2000
Notes:
Today's c-level title has been in the news of late because it's used by a fellow named Marc Maiffret. He works for eEye Digital, the company that told the world about the Code Red worm that has caused such a panic over the past week. It looks like Mr. Maiffret can be given credit for coining the title because the earliest citation also refers to him.
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