With cyber crime high on many firms' agendas - international law firm Mossack Fonseca being the latest high-profile victim - a number of IT firms have begun marketing ethical hackers
: experts who try to penetrate computer systems to find security vulnerabilities that malicious hackers could exploit.
Greene (2004) suggests, "Ethical hackers
and malicious hackers both attack computers, only their intent differs." Pashel (2006) further elaborates that "Ethical hacking can be defined as the practice of hacking without malicious intent."
"This makes law firms and professional services organisations particularly at risk and we've seen several cases in recent months where hackers have entered systems and accessed a huge range of sensitive and personal data" Said Mr Clark: "There are a huge range of precautions that SMEs can take to protect themselves and an ethical hacker
can test the robustness of the network."
The testing process is much similar to the approach a hacker might take--the ethical hacker
first goes after the low-hanging fruit or the most obvious ways to tamper with and extract pieces of information from the organization's network, and then gradually attempts more sophisticated attacks with the available time and resources.
The Solihull College student is the youngest person on the planet to successfully complete a Certified Ethical Hacker
course, which normally requires students to be at least 21.
He went on to say that the hacker kits were usually sold on eBay as ethical hacker
training courses, but the courses also included a wealth of utilities for 'educational purposes'.
CEH; official certified ethical hacker
When hiring an ethical hacker
, look at the services provided, the depth of knowledge of the company as a whole and of the individuals within the company, and the company focus (intrusion detection, products, or consulting services), Morse said.
* Ethical Hacker
. Computer security systems programmer.
Samurai: ethical hacker
for hire; unlike criminal or vandalism-oriented hackers and crackers, true silicon Samurai adhere to rigorous and self-imposed standards of loyalty to employers; often hired to seek out rogue employees within a corporation's technical staff.
StarLink has signed up with EC-Council to deliver industry-recognized cybersecurity programs, including their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker
(C|EH), and their C-level training, Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), as well EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (E|DRP), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI), and Certified Blockchain Professional (CBP).
GERRY GRANT advises people to do more research online.