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Cybersecurity training startup Hack The Box raises $10.6M Series A led by Paladin Capital – TechCrunch

Cybersecurity training startup Hack The Box, which emerged originally from Greece, has raised a Series A investment round of $10.6 million, led by Paladin Capital Group and joined by Osage University Partners, Brighteye Ventures and existing investors Marathon Venture Capital. It will use the funding to expand. Most recently it launched Hack The Box Academy.

Started in 2017, Hack The Box specializes in using “ethical hacking” to train cybersecurity techniques. Users are given challenges to “attack” virtual vulnerable labs in a simulated, gamified and test environment. This approach has garnered more than 500,000 platform members, from beginners to experts, and brought in around 800 organizations (such as governments, Fortune 500 companies, and academic institutions) to improve their cyber-adversarial knowledge.

Haris Pylarinos, Hack The Box co-founder and CEO said: “Everything we do is geared around creating a safer internet by empowering corporate teams and individuals to create unbreakable systems.”

Gibb Witham, senior vice president, Paladin Capital Group, commented: “We’re excited to be backing Hack The Box at this inflection point in their growth as organizations recognize the increasing importance of an adversarial security practice to combat constantly evolving cyber attacks.”

Hack The Box competes with Offensive Security, Immersive Labs, INE and eLearnSecurity (acquired by INE).

Hack The Box is using a SaaS business model. In the B2C market it provides monthly and annual subscriptions that provide unrestricted access to the training content and in the B2B market, it provides bi-annual and annual licenses which provide access to dedicated adversarial training environments with value-added admin capabilities.


Top-21 Cybersecurity Experts You Must Follow on Twitter in 2021

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There is nothing better than learning from the experts when it comes to Cybersecurity. Gaining insights from the industry’s top influencers can prove to be crucial in optimizing your Application Security strategy. Without further adieu, we are glad to share a list of Top-21 Cybersecurity experts you must follow on Twitter in 2021. It’s time to demystify threats like Magecart, Web-Skimming, Supply Chain Attacks and more.
Rafay Baloch
#1 Rafay Baloch

Rafay Baloch’s Twitter Account

Rafay Baloch is a famous InfoSec expert who is widely known for his ethical hacking. He is the go-to expert when it comes to identifying large security threats such as zero-day vulnerabilities and WAF flaws. Being a popular author and public speaker, Baloch has his own blog where he exposes vulnerabilities in mobile and web browsers and gives helpful security-related tips. 


Claim to Fame – Author of the “Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Guide” and AppSec articles on Forbes, Yahoo News, and more. Listed in the “Top 25 threat seekers of 2014” and “The 15 Most Successful Ethical Hackers WorldWide”.

Troy Hunt
#2 Troy Hunt

Troy Hunt’s Twitter Account

Troy Hunt is a renowned author and contributor to the Pluralsight courses on web security. He is a frequent speaker at tech conferences that cover cybersecurity topics. Mostly known for his website called Haveibeenpwned?, he helps millions of businesses and private web users to identify whether their emails or phones have been tampered with or their data was stolen. 


Claim to Fame – Troy Hunt is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Developer Security.  In 2018, he received the Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog, which is followed by thousands of readers from around the world.

Kevin Mitnick
#3 Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick’s Twitter Account

After having been arrested and sentenced for hacking 40 large organizations, Mitnick became a white hat hacker who helps big corporations and even governments. He is a frequent guest at broadcasts like CNN, FOX News, and BBC, where he educates or comments about security issues. Being a part-owner of KnowBe4, he creates training programs to spread security awareness. 


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