World-renowned cyber security expert Ralph Echemendia, known as “The Ethical Hacker,” has made his name over the past two decades working for clients that run the gamut from the United States government to Hollywood. Digital security adviser to Oliver Stone, Echemendia was also technical supervisor on Snowden, Stone’s biopic thriller based on the life one of the most famous whistleblowers of our time.

Echemendia, who was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami, first got involved with computers as a teen after getting a Commodore 64. He remembers the days of dial-up modems, before the advent of search engines, when his best resources were one or two friends who could pass along their knowledge. When he discovered The Hacker Manifesto, a short essay written in 1986 that created an ethical foundation for the use of technology, a lightbulb went off.

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