White hat hackers serve as a crucial line of cyber defense, working to identify and mitigate potential threats before malicious actors can exploit them. These ethical hackers harness their skills to assess the security of networks and systems, ultimately helping organizations bolster their digital defenses. But what drives someone to pursue a career as a white hat hacker, and how do you get started in leveraging so-called “evil” skills for the greater good??
In this exclusive Q&A, we spoke with seasoned white hat hacker Gilit Saporta, Director of Analytics for DoubleVerify’s Fraud Lab. Gilit has helped out with and stopped some of the world’s sneakiest ad fraudsters across streaming, the open web, mobile, etc. Before her role as Director of Analytics at DV, she worked at Simplex as a Fraud Fighting Team Leader and Head of Fraud Intelligence. Prior to that, Gilit was Head of Training for Forter, and for nearly seven years, led analytics and risk science initiatives at PayPal.
Did you go to college? What did you go to school for?
As an adopted daughter to parents who immigrated to Israel a few years after World War II, I was honored to be the first person in my extended family to attend university in Israel. I graduated from Tel Aviv University, where I majored in Theatre Arts (BA summa cum laude, valedictorian and MFA summa cum laude). I was lucky enough to be able to pursue my passion for art in parallel to my work in tech for a couple of years and even had a few of my plays produced in fringe theaters in Tel Aviv.
What was your first role in tech?..
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