Third grader Reuben Paul is already the CEO of the company Prudent Games. What made him qualified to take the lead? Well, at 9 years old, he is already an application developer, an accomplished hacker, and a cybersecurity expert.
The young dude even delivered a keynote speech on Children’s Day at the Ground Zero Summit in 2014. He was also the youngest attendee at one of the biggest hacker conferences in the world held last year.
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As a special ambassador, he attended the 2015 conference held at the Ashok Hotel in New Delhi to encourage other kids to know more about cybersecurity. Taking inspiration from Spider-Man, his favorite superhero, the young genius said, “With great hacking skills you get power, and with great power comes great responsibility. With all the data breaches, cyberbullying and other kinds of attacks happening on the Internet, it’s important for us to teach kids and educate them on the dangers so they can protect themselves.”
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who spoke in the same conference Reuben attended, said that the worldwide Web is a significant tool in maintaining security, which is why taking care of it should be a top priority.
Looks like being an expert in IT-related stuff runs in the family as Reuben’s mom is an IT professional herself. Sangeetha speaks of her son, “Reuben was selected for the Gifted and Talented program, run by the Texas education system, and had to make a game. The others made boardgames and such like, but Reuben who is passionate about video games, decided to come up with one.”
Prudent Games is also making an application that helps children make more secure passwords. Reuben also made another app that introduces users to Bruteforce attacks, which is often used to crack account passwords.
When he was just five, Reuben already understood and learned how to use difficult words. At the same age, his father, Mano Paul, introduced him to Scratch. Then he started looking at security concepts and real-world programming at age six.
When he has free time, Reuben goes out with his friends and attends swimming, gymnastics, and Kung Fu lessons.