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.