A Day in the Life of an Ethical Hacker Podcast Series: Interview with Nik Srivastava, Synack Red Team Member



Hosted by Thys Harrison, Synack Head of Business Development for EMEA


The Synack Red Team (SRT) gives the most talented security researchers across the globe a platform to do what they love and get paid for it. A private network of highly-curated and vetted security researchers, the SRT is challenged every day to deliver exploitation discovery and management for some of the biggest brands in the world. On the Synack platform, researchers have access to the industry’s first ever hacker toolkit built at enterprise scale, to make them more efficient and effective at uncovering critical vulnerabilities that matter. These ethical hackers are increasingly being recognised as an important way for businesses to unearth security weaknesses before they can be exploited by online criminals.

In this Podcast, Synack Red Team member, Nik Srivastava joins Synack’s Thys Harrison for an open conversation on what a day in the life of an ethical hacker is all about. He’ll discuss:
  • Why he's chosen to do this work full time.
  • Why being part of Synack Red Team community keeps him motivated.
  • What he does in his free time.
  • And much more.
Nik Srivastava is a full time researcher and has been a top 5 Synack Red Team member for the past 5 years. He is consistently a top performer coming in top 5 in the Synack Defcon challenge in 2016, Synack Hack4levels challenge in 2017 winning spots in Hacker House in Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2019 Nik was the recipient of the Synack Guardians of Trust Award in the category of “Most Trusted Hacker”. He has a Bachelors in Technology, was a top 100 researcher in the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) list in 2015 and he a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with his name engraved on it. In addition, he is the founder of Security BSides Ahmedabad, an international security conference. Nik loves to travel and explore least visited natural spots and always keeps a "never give up" attitude in life. He lives in India and has been working with Synack for six years.