Thought Leaders – Ilia Kolochenko

Category: Thought Leaders

Name: Ilia Kolochenko

Title: CEO & Founder

Company: High-Tech Bridge

Why nominated: As the first engineer to find how to apply machine learning not only for threat and anomaly detection, but for vulnerability detection in applications, Kolochenko's influence can be felt on the intelligent automation of vulnerability crawling, fuzzing and validation.

Profile: As a penetration testing practitioner, Ilia Kolochenko well understood the challenges of this job, and set out to correlate and synchronize real time vulnerability data coming from automated and manual security testing. That not only significantly reduces testing time, but maintains the highest quality and reliability. This method is currently being widely adopted by numerous cybersecurity companies via human augmentation and intelligent automation of their technologies.

Kolochenko was the first engineer who found how to apply machine learning not just to threat and anomaly detection but to vulnerability detection in applications as well. He is a regular speaker at security events known for explaining in a simple and clear manner how to manage and control corporate cybersecurity without being a techie.

Not one to remain static, Kolochenko is currently enrolled in Washington University in St. Louis to obtain a masters degree in law so he can better explain how cybercrime can be prosecuted and how victims can get compensated.

What colleagues say: "Ilia and his company High-Tech Bridge have redefined web application security. Ilia has shown huge dedication and focus over the last 10 years to continuously improve the way web application security is delivered and by applying the latest and emerging technologies. Through his regular contributions to industry publications he is continuously challenging conventional thinking on security. He has made a significant contribution to making internet based businesses safer."

- Jan Schreuder, Partner, Cybersecurity Leader, PwC

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