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Avast CISO Jaya Baloo to Interview Ethical Hackers at SXSW 2021

On-demand conference panel explores the moral underpinnings of cybersecurity featuring first-hand anecdotes from the new Avast Hacker Archives podcast

Avast (LSE:AVST), a global leader in digital security and privacy products, today announced that its Chief Information Security Officer Jaya Baloo will be moderating a panel discussion titled, “Ethics of Hacking: Doing Good with Security Skills” at the virtual SXSW Interactive Conference 2021. The session will be available to event attendees on-demand beginning Tuesday, March 16 at 10:15 a.m. Central Time (US) until the show’s close on Saturday, March 20.

The conversation, which is part of the conference’s “Uncharted Future” track, explores the ethical boundaries and legal considerations of hacking for good. Panelists Katie Moussouris, CEO and founder of Luta Security and Chris Roberts, vCISO of Hillbilly Hit Squad will share first-hand anecdotes from their cybersecurity careers as well as advice for those interested in the field.

Both Moussouris and Roberts have recently been featured on the new Avast Hacker Archives (“AHA”) podcast, in which Baloo unveils the “a-ha!” moments of famous hackers’ and renowned cybersecurity experts’ careers. Launched in January 2021, the series so far includes three interviews available on YouTube and other podcast streaming platforms worldwide.

Media: Jaya Baloo is available for interviews. Please contact to arrange a time during the event.

Event Details

When: On-demand beginning Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:15 a.m. CT

Where: SXSW Virtual (register)


Jaya Baloo, CISO, Avast

Katie Moussouris, CEO & Founder, Luta Security

Chris Roberts, vCISO, Hillbilly Hit Squad

What: In this panel, a renowned Chief Information Security Officer from one of the world’s largest digital security companies will sit down with two of her peers to discuss the ethical boundaries of hacking: from hunting APTs from their own home network, to altruistic intrusions from an airplane WiFi. Attendees will hear first-hand anecdotes from these disruptors and walk away with an understanding of the moral underpinnings of the unique skill set of hackers.

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