Finally, Smart Cybersecurity: The Optimal Combination of Ethical Hackers and Artificial Intelligence

Crowdsourced security company Synack shakes up the cybersecurity
industry by integrating crowdsourced human intelligence and machine
intelligence for “smart” security testing at scale, resulting in 4x the
efficiency of a traditional penetration test.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#crowdsourcedsecurity–The debate on how we should best use Artificial Intelligence is ongoing,
but no one can argue against its benefits when used to augment human
work. Take self-driving cars: when Artificial Intelligence is used
alongside humans, it provides features like improved safety and
predictive driving. The same is true in cybersecurity; we will always
need the creativity of human intelligence to beat the human adversary.
However, we can also augment those humans with smart technology to help
make them more effective, cover a wider attack surface, and speed up
their time to find and fix vulnerabilities. Synack, the trusted leader
in crowdsourced security, has just launched the industry’s first
cybersecurity platform to integrate crowdsourced human intelligence
augmented with artificial intelligence to help security teams work
smarter, not harder, to protect digital assets continuously and at scale.

The impact? Intelligence that helps security teams find and fix
vulnerabilities faster and build more secure code.

The stakes are high – cybercrime is predicted to cost the world $6
trillion annually by 2021- and human capital to protect the cybersphere
is lacking; 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs are predicted to go unfilled
by 2021 (Cybersecurity Ventures).

“While humans can’t scale, machines can’t think. More than 80% of the
vulnerabilities that our Synack Red Team find in our clients’ assets
aren’t detected by a scanner. We will always need the creativity of
human intelligence. But to scale at the pace of the threats, we need to
automate wherever possible and keep building technology to test
‘smarter’,” Dr. Mark Kuhr, Synack CTO and co-founder said.

Synack’s industry-leading cybersecurity Platform 2.0 delivers a smarter,
more efficient security test through the use of smart platform
technology and new product, SmartScan. Together, the platform’s new
features and advanced technology seamlessly orchestrate the optimal
combination of human and machine intelligence for more effective,
efficient security on a 24/7/365 basis. SmartScan helps security teams
increase their attack surface coverage and gain new insight by
continuously scanning for suspected vulnerabilities and engaging the
company’s crowdsourced network of ethical hackers to validate them. The
augmented intelligence offered by Synack’s “smart” Crowdsourced Security
Platform, if applied to all penetration testing, would add 4x more
efficiency to security teams.

Additional benefits of Synack’s Crowdsourced Security Platform to
security teams include:

  • Noise Reduction: 99.98% of total noise is reduced by leveraging Synack
    SmartScan in combination with Synack Red Team crowdsourced
    vulnerability triage and patch verification services.
  • Higher Value: The latest version of Synack’s platform with augmented
    intelligence increases the ROI of Synack’s original offering by over
    50%. Customers will see a 159% ROI with the Synack Crowdsourced
    Security Platform in comparison to a traditional penetration test. And
    if comparing the Synack platform to a traditional scanner, they will
    get a 262% ROI. If deployed universally across application security
    testing, SmartScan would add ~$3B in security value back to the market.

In addition to SmartScan, Synack’s Crowdsourced Security Platform 2.0
includes other new and enhanced features; Apollo, a machine learning and
automation engine that optimizes the integration of humans and
technology, superior analytics and reporting, and LaunchPoint+, a secure
testing gateway with added researcher endpoint control and enhanced
workspaces to support privacy for highly regulated environments. Synack
Red Team researchers said they were “happy with the [LaunchPoint+]
concept”, “a fan of the increased bandwidth”, and could “definitely see
myself using this a lot” in response to Synack launching the only
crowdsourced security testing with endpoint control baked into the

About Synack

Synack, the most trusted crowdsourced security platform, delivers
continuous and scalable penetration testing with actionable results. The
company combines the world’s most skilled and trusted ethical hackers
with AI-enabled technology to create an efficient and effective security
solution. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with regional offices around
the world, Synack protects leading global banks, federal agencies, DoD
classified assets, and close to $1 trillion in Fortune 500 revenue.
Synack was founded in 2013 by former US Department of Defense hackers
Jay Kaplan, CEO, and Dr. Mark Kuhr, CTO. For more information, please


Ellie McCardwell, Synack Communications

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