A quick introduction about what your company does/your values/mission.
Alpha Nerd is a Filipino Information security research and development (R&D) that specializes in information security hardening, consulting, network security, vulnerability research, software assessment, exploit development, security advisories and much more.We also offer penetration tests and security solutions for small and medium sized organizations regionally and internationally.
Tell us about yourself?
I have been active in the ‘security sector’ all my life. I have experience with various aspects of cyber security, such as: penetration testing, malware analyses, vulnerability research, incident handling, binary exploitation, embedding operating systems, ICS/SCADA hacking, ethical hacking, etc. In the past years I have collaborated on international projects with governments and large organizations worldwide. I worked on hardening security and evaluating systems, devices, applications and networks. In my spare time I find it interesting to find zero-day leaks in IoT devices and integrated systems.
If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
It would be to embrace change and uncertainty. Life is constantly evolving, and you can’t control everything. Instead of fearing change, learn to adapt and find opportunities in new situations. Focus on building resilience, developing new skills, and nurturing relationships. Remember that setbacks are a natural part of life, and they often lead to valuable lessons and personal growth. Stay curious, keep learning, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Most importantly, be kind to yourself and others – compassion goes a long way in navigating the complexities of life.
What problem does your business solve?
Alpha Nerd specializes in protecting computer systems, networks, and data from theft, damage, or unauthorized access. In today’s digital age, where businesses and individuals rely heavily on technology, we want to play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and integrity of sensitive information.
What is the inspiration behind your business?
It was the idea of developing higher sense of security in the Philippines and wider. In essence, to help businesses and individuals maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their digital assets, ensuring that they can operate securely in the digital landscape.
What is your magic sauce?
Alpha Nerd stays ahead of the curve by investing in research and development. We develop innovative solutions that address emerging threats. We also focuses on educating our clients about cybersecurity. We offer free resources, webinars, or workshops to raise awareness about the latest threats and best practices. An educated client is more likely to appreciate the value of a services.
What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?
We plan to continue investing heavily in research and development, also to continue our efforts in cybersecurity awareness in the Philippines
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
One of the biggest challenges we’ve faced and I think most cybersecurity companies face is the constantly evolving nature of cyber threats like APTs, these attacks are typically orchestrated by well-funded and highly skilled threat actors, such as nation-state hackers or organized cybercriminal groups
How do people get involved/buy into your vision?
We engage in community initiatives related to cybersecurity awareness. Sponsor local events, participate in workshops, or offer free cybersecurity clinics. You can access our free cybersecurity resources on our website.