Danilo D’Elia appointed VP Global Public Affairs & Strategic Outreach at YesWeHack


YesWeHack, Europe’s leading bug bounty platform, has appointed Danilo D’Elia as Vice President Global Public Affairs and Strategic Outreach.

Tasked with expanding the collaboration between the ethical hacker community and strategic stakeholders, D’Elia will also be raising awareness of the digital security risks among key governmental organisations.

Bringing over ten years of international experience in the defence and cybersecurity market, D’Elia is a specialist in strategic public relations and an expert in cybersecurity and European Union intelligence.

Based in Brussels, he is committed to building cybersecurity capabilities for ENISA (the European Union Agency for Cyber Security), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations.

He will connect the YesWeHack community of over 40,000 ethical hackers with the public sector to help address the needs of an increasingly digital society. This includes developing public affairs strategies and expanding the YesWeHack network with industry associations as well as national and European policy actors. One of his goals is to create an international legal framework for ethical hackers to disclose security breaches.

Main goal: strengthen the European cybersecurity ecosystem

“With Danilo, we gain an expert with many years of experience in cybersecurity at the European level. His long-standing relationship with the EU will help us further consolidate our institutional and strategic leadership position and address legislative challenges regarding bug bounty,” says Guillaume Vassault-Houlière, CEO and co-founder of YesWeHack.

“Since Covid-19, the introduction of hybrid working models and increasingly complex supply chains, the attack surface in cybersecurity has heightened dramatically. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their approach and the attack scenarios progressively multi-layered,” explains D’Elia.

“This makes it even more important to strengthen the European cybersecurity ecosystem and develop strategic partnerships between public and private sectors. We need to build an alliance against cyber-attacks and create a legally secure framework for ethical hackers to help companies and political organisations uncover security vulnerabilities. I look forward to pursuing these goals with YesWeHack and advocating for the establishment of an intentional approach to Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) based on European values.”

Before joining YesWeHack, Danilo D’Elia spent five years in Brussels as Senior Business Development Manager at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO). Within this framework, he dealt with various authorities and institutions of the European Union, including ENISA.

Previously, the native Italian was a research fellow at the Chaire Castex of Cyber Strategy at Airbus, specialising in cyber risk management and public policy. He also held the role of Strategic Marketing & Business Development Manager at Airbus Defence & Space, among other positions. D’Elia studied Political Science and International Relations in Rome, holds a master’s degree in Management & Defence Economics and a PhD in Geopolitics from Paris.

About YesWeHack

Founded in 2015, YesWeHack is the #1 European Bug Bounty & VDP Platform. YesWeHack offers companies an innovative approach to cybersecurity with bug bounty (pay-per-vulnerability discovered), connecting tens of thousands cybersecurity experts (ethical hackers) across 170 countries with organisations to secure their exposed scopes and reporting vulnerabilities in their websites, mobile apps, infrastructure and connected devices. YesWeHack runs private and public programs for hundreds of organisations worldwide in compliance with the strictest European regulations.

In addition to the Bug Bounty platform, YesWeHack also offers support in creating a Vulnerability Disclosure Policy (VDP), a learning platform for ethical hackers called Dojo and a training platform for educational institutions, YesWeHackEDU. For more information: www.yeswehack.com

Media Contact: press@yeswehack.com

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