New Hires Will Focus On Accelerating Customer Initiatives and Product Innovation 

SAN FRANCISCO, 19 October 2023: HackerOne, the leader in attack resistance, today announced three new executive hires as the company rolls out new artificial intelligence features that will further augment its human intelligence offering.

Gina Hortatsos joins as Head of Marketing, Dean Hickman-Smith as Chief Revenue Officer, and Rhett Dillingham as Senior Vice President of Product. The new hires bring decades of technology expertise and proven track records in leading winning teams to serve customers, including Crowdstrike, Zoom, Salesforce, Goldman Sachs, Toyota, Starbucks, Verizon Media, and the defense departments of the U.S, U.K, and Singapore governments.

HackerOne has established a two million-strong force of ethical hackers, available to assist customers desiring to improve their attack resistance. Today, the company is amplifying its human intelligence with generative artificial intelligence. Employing a dedicated and private Large Language Model, HackerOne produces automated summaries for customers of vulnerability submissions from security researchers with other advanced features that are in beta and pilot testing. Two years ago, HackerOne ran the first bug bounty to find algorithmic bias in AI deployments, paving the way for the market-leading company to now offer all its customers the opportunity to security test LLM deployments.

“HackerOne’s mission is to empower the world to build a safer internet,” said Gina Hortatsos. “We are bringing the benefits of ethical hacking to all corners of our digital society, including large enterprises, government agencies, and progressive tech companies.”

“I am excited by the extensive value proposition that HackerOne offers the world's fastest growth companies,” said Dean Hickman-Smith. “Massively expanding HackerOne’s platform approach to driving security through our customers’ software development lifecycles will be a first priority of mine.”

“In its 10 years of groundbreaking work, HackerOne has shown the unique and exceptional value of ethical hacking to anyone developing and deploying software,” said Rhett Dillingham, SVP Product. “Now we will make this benefit available to all companies and governments by building out the HackerOne Attack Resistance Platform, bringing the best of human and artificial intelligence together in a way that’s easy to consume for any organization.”

Hortatsos, Hickman-Smith, and Dillingham bring decades of experience from Sumo Logic, Rackspace, AWS, Proofpoint, Juniper Networks, LogicGate, SAP, and Oracle. The new hires join HackerOne with a focus on scaling its award-winning brand, driving multi-product innovation, and expanding its fast-growth customer base.



HackerOne pinpoints the most critical security flaws across an organization’s attack surface with continual offensive testing to outmatch cybercriminals. HackerOne’s Attack Resistance Platform blends the security expertise of ethical hackers with asset discovery, continuous assessment, and process enhancement to reduce threat exposure and empower organizations to transform their businesses with confidence. Customers include Coinbase, General Motors, GitHub, Goldman Sachs, Hyatt, Microsoft, PayPal, Singapore’s Ministry of Defense, Slack, and the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2023, HackerOne was named a Best Workplace for Innovators by Fast Company.