Cybersecurity Expert Ax Sharma on Going Full On Into Breaking Things

Cybersecurity Expert Ax Sharma on Going Full On Into Breaking Things

You know that feeling when you work really hard on something for really long and it feels like nobody really notices? Hacker Noon’s Annual Tech Industry Awards, the 2020 Noonies, are here to help with that. Nominate YOUR best people and products today at NOONIES.TECH. Speaking of the best people and products in technology, here’s a quick intro to 2020 Noonie Nominee, Ax Sharma, from the UK, who’s been nominated in the Future Heroes and Technology categories.

You know that feeling when you work really hard on something for really long and it feels like nobody really notices? Hacker Noon’s Annual Tech Industry Awards, the 2020 Noonies, are here to help with that. Nominate YOUR best people and products today at NOONIES.TECH. Speaking of the best people and products in technology, here’s a quick intro to 2020 Noonie Nominee, Ax Sharma, from the UK, who’s been nominated in the Future Heroes and Technology categories.

1. Which 2020 Noonies have you been nominated for?

Hacker Noon Contributor of The Year: Cybersecurity, and Security Advocate of the Year.

2. Tell us a bit about yourself.

As someone who's been coding since the age of 11, I transitioned into cybersecurity shortly after graduating with my software engineering degree and have loved the decision ever since! From building things and engineering solutions, I went full on into breaking things and securing them, and exploring what's behind the scenes. This has tremendously helped me as a professional expose myself to different technologies and languages, and learn along the way.

I'm a Security Researcher and Engineer who holds passion for perpetual learning. In my spare time, I love exploiting vulnerabilities, ethically and educating a wide range of audiences. I'm also an active community member of the OWASP Foundation and the British Association of Journalists (BAJ).

Ax’s expertise lies in vulnerability research, software development and web app security. Through responsible disclosure, he has previously exposed serious bugs and security vulnerabilities affecting national & global organisations like HM Government, Yodel, U.S. DHS, P.F. Chang’s, Planet Fitness, Comcast/Arris, Ellucian and the popular restaurant chain, Buca di Beppo.

In early 2018, I helped prevent a massive data breach at Georgia Tech by going public with a serious flaw which was left unpatched for over a year. I've since earned myself a place on Tech’s Vulnerability Reporters “hall of fame” page.

3. Tell us about the things you make / write / manage / build.

In my spare time, I love writing about technology as it helps me not only educate a wide range of audiences, but learn along the way. I've written over a 100 articles by now on cybersecurity and technology alone. Some of these were featured stories on Hacker Noon, CIO Magazine, CSO Online, BleepingComputer, Security Boulevard, and several other magazines.

While my day job of Security Researcher comprises digging through source code, reverse engineering software, and researching potential fixes to vulnerabilities, the writing gig is yet another form of research, analysis and information corroboration before publishing it, which I love. Digging deep into a topic enables you to learn more about it and empower yourself with that knowledge before you prepare to hit "publish" and share it with the world. It's a delightful feeling!

5. What are you most excited about right now?

Even the most stubborn companies going fully-remote: something remote workers had long pledged for, but the employers weren't listening or convinced it could work.

6. What are you worried about right now?

The economy: how the pandemic is shaping the world and all the people who have lost their jobs and livelihoods. If technology could fix it, it'd be a big win for all of us, as a society.

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