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Secuna appoints 25-year old ethical hacker AJ Dumanhug as new CEO

AJ Dumanhug - Secuna
AJ Dumanhug - New SECUNA CEO

Dumanhug, who assumed the role from ex-CEO of Friendster, is poised to be the youngest CEO of a cybersecurity company in the Philippines

23 February 2022, Philippines – Secuna, the Philippines’ largest cybersecurity testing platform, appointed its co-founder AJ Dumanhug to lead the company as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

With the leadership of Dumanhug, Secuna will continue to pursue in providing world-class, effective, scalable and cost-effective cybersecurity solutions that are not just within reach of multinational companies but of startups and SMEs.

Dumanhug will also be responsible for driving business growth and overseeing all operations across the Philippines and Asia Pacific markets.

Prior to the appointment, Dumanhug led Secuna as Co-founder and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and was responsible for establishing and maintaining a corporate-wide information security management program to ensure that information assets from its clients are adequately protected through its platform. He is assuming the CEO role vacated by Iannis Hanen, former CEO of Friendster, who has been appointed as  VP for Global Sales of Secuna.

Dumanhug, 25 years old, is a cybersecurity mentor for startups through Ideaspace Philippines, a Highly Technical Consultant for the National Privacy Commission, and a part-time Infosec Training Instructor at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde SPaCE. He also worked as a full-time consultant for almost three years for the University of the Philippines System under UP Information Technology Development Center (ITDC). He actively participates in bug bounties by legally hacking companies who offer cash rewards for finding and reporting valid bug reports. In 2019, he and other hackers were invited to a private live hacking tournament hosted by Facebook and Google in Singapore. He placed 7th after discovering and reporting multiple bugs in Facebook and providing the best-written report.

“I am delighted to be the CEO of Secuna at a critical time when companies need to embrace cybersecurity at the core level of their businesses,” said Dumanhug. “As a co-founder, I’ve had the privilege of seeing firsthand how Secuna’s innovation is responding to organizations’ cybersecurity needs with its unique penetration test approach tapping the best ethical hackers across the globe. As demand to protect corporate and essential data escalates amid an evolving threat landscape, Secuna is the best penetration test platform to address these challenges.”

Secuna is the first and only crowdsourced cybersecurity testing platform in the Philippines that has a community of hundreds of the world’s most advanced and highly-vetted cybersecurity professionals and ethical hackers. The company offers Managed Service that helps in setting-up ISO-compliant Security Vulnerability Disclosure Program and Bug Bounty Program to receive and act on vulnerabilities discovered by cybersecurity professionals. Secuna also offers Compliance Service, a comprehensive, modern, and ISO-compliant Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT). This service is tailored-fit for apps/websites that have never been tested for cybersecurity flaws or for businesses with requirements of Third-Party Assessment reports from government agencies.

Some of Secuna’s notable clients are Dashlabs, QuadX, UBx, Kumu, Paymongo, and Palawan Express among others.


About AJ Dumanhug

AJ Dumanhug is the co-founder and former infosec lead at Secuna, a Philippine-based cybersecurity firm that offers penetration testing services. He’s also a Cybersecurity Mentor for startups through Ideaspace Philippines, a Highly Technical Consultant for the National Privacy Commission, and a part-time Infosec Training Instructor at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde SPaCE. He also worked as a full-time consultant for almost three years for the University of the Philippines System under UP Information Technology Development Center (ITDC).

He and hackstreetboys compete in Capture the Flag tournaments on occasion, and they recently placed third out of 650 teams in the DEFCON Red Team Village CTF competition.

He actively participates in bug bounties by legally hacking companies who offer cash rewards for finding and reporting valid bug reports. In 2019, he and other hackers were invited to a private live hacking tournament hosted by Facebook and Google in Singapore. He placed 7th after discovering and reporting multiple bugs in Facebook and providing the best-written report.

AJ currently holds several practical infosec certifications, including the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Certified Red Team Professional (CRTP), Offensive Security Web Expert (OSWE), Certified Red Team Expert (CRTE), Practical Network Penetration Tester (PNPT), eLearnSecurity Certified Digital Forensics Professional (eCDFP), eLearnSecurity Certified Threat Hunting Professional (eCTHP), and eLearnSecurity Certified Incident Responder (eCIR).

About Secuna

Secuna is the first and only Cybersecurity Testing Platform in the Philippines that helps Startups and SMEs by connecting them to the most advanced and highly-vetted cybersecurity professionals in the world to simulate cyber-attacks and find security flaws that real-world malicious hackers can exploit and leverage to gain access to IT systems.

The company has been striving to be at the forefront of cybersecurity in the Philippines. Since our inception in 2017, it has been committed to helping companies, organizations, and even the government secure their digital assets.

SECUNA is the combination of SEC (short for “security”) and UNA (Filipino word for “first”).

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