Ryan O’Leary

Chief Security Research Officer


Ryan O’Leary is Chief Security Research Officer for WhiteHat Security, leading a new team called the Security Research Institute (SRI) which is chartered with advancing and promoting an understanding of application security, vulnerabilities, attack vectors and threats to help secure digital business. The SRI is an off-shoot of the WhiteHat Threat Research Center (TRC), the specialized team of web application security experts which O’Leary has led since early 2009. Ryan joined WhiteHat Security as an ethical hacker in 2007 and has since developed a breadth of experience finding and exploiting web application vulnerabilities and configuring automated tools for testing. He swiftly rose through the ranks to become the Vice President of the TRC in 2016, reporting directly to CEO Craig Hinkley. Under Ryan’s leadership, the team has built a one-of-a-kind database that combines details of many millions of million vulnerability patterns with proprietary algorithms to assess the threat level.

As one of the world’s leading experts on application security, Ryan is frequently turned to by the media for commentary on some of the most pressing cyber security issues of our time.



Fun facts

Name your favorite thing about your job.

I absolutely love helping secure the web. By doing what we do I’m able to make everyone’s online experience safer. I’m helping my Mom not get victimized through a web application, I’m helping prevent massive credit card breaches that cost companies and individuals money and time. It’s a great feeling.

What’s your favorite quote?

My favorite is actually from a Dilbert cartoon and it just underscores how prevalent bad security is to everyone but we all just accept it. Dilbert walks into a coffee shop and says, “Yay, you have WiFi! Now I can drink overpriced coffee while strangers steal my passwords.”

Describe WhiteHat in three words.

Trusted. Scalable. Accurate. 

Interested in joining our team?

At WhiteHat Security you’ll enjoy a collaborative environment, working with a team of very smart, dedicated and fun people, and competitive benefits.