When any business owner hears the word hacking they would rightfully run to make sure that their security software is up to date, petrified at the details which may be discovered, or indeed lost. It is with good reason that a business owner would act this way, after all hacking has accounted for untold millions of dollars worth of losses over the years when businesses have been attacked, not to mention the untold damage which can be done thanks to a new lack of trust which clients have in a business post-hack. But what if we said that you’ve been thinking about hacking the wrong way? What if there is an ethical way to hack, bringing about positive solutions?
For as long as cybercrime has existed security has always been one step behind and has been playing catch-up in terms of creating solid defenses against attacks. This is a cycle which has not been able to continue because as quickly as software developers are coming up with ways to prevent Trojan Horse or DDOS attacks, the hackers and cybercriminals are on to a more advanced way of doing things. Software and security needed a shake-up and this is why we are beginning to witness the rise of ethical hackers.
What is an Ethical Hacker?
In Layman’s terms, there are two types of conduct online and these are called white hat and black hat. White hat techniques are ethical, morally just and legal, while black hat techniques can be either illegal, unethical or morally unjust, or they can also be all three. Ethical hacking or white hat hacking is basically hacking by computer developers and programmers who have been invited by a business or a software development company who are working on behalf of the business.
Why Would They Allow a Hack?
The reason for this white hat hacking is that company’s want to know where their weaknesses are in order to prevent themselves from being exposed. This isn’t a new technique by any stretch of the imagination, many businesses will pay ex-thieves to find out where the blind spots are in their store or how they would steal from them given the chance, in order to beef up their security and avoid being stolen from. This is a newer approach to online security and there are many businesses who are now offering hacking services to these companies and corporations. It stands to reason that recruiting some of the world’s best hackers and asking them to try and breach the framework and firewalls which are in place to protect data and business sensitive information is one of the best ways you can keep these information secure.
Some people moot the idea of there being risks around this kind of practice. What if an ethical hacker purposely ignores backdoors into a system in order to exploit it later on? These questions become null and void because any system will be hacked by multiple people which greatly diminishes any chances of illegality, and ensures that maximum protection will be given to a business’ computer systems.
Hacking is changing, and those who are doing it have only good intentions.