Ethical hacking and Whitehats: Is it an oxymoron?

The term “Ethical hacking” has received criticism at times from people who say that there is no such thing as an “ethical” hacking. – Anonymous

You’ve been hacked” is kind of a nightmare phrase to common people. But how many of us really know that hacking can actually be a legal profession? Yes, even between hackers there are good and bad. Today we’ll know about the good hackers or the hackers whom the technology world fondly refers as “Whitehat Hackers“.

Ethical hackers are those kinds of legal hackers. They penetrate into a computer security system and use their hacking skills to find the loopholes through which one can get past the security system. They help to find out the threats that can be the downfall of any security system. Ethical hackers bypass the security system to find any weak points and strengthen the system from malicious hackers.

So, how will we understand that it is an ethical hacking? Whitehat hackers or ethical hackers must follow the rules to stay legal:

  • Whitehat hackers must obtain permission to get past any security system.
  • Ethical hackers must keep the company identity confidential.
  • They must value about privacy in the utmost level. They ensure such security which will outsmart own skill. That is, after finishing the work have to close the door even for him. They must give the service so that none can exploit the security later on.
  • They must inform the software or hardware developers about the security loopholes if they find any.

Ethical hacking is a unique way to keep the security system safe and not vulnerable to anyone. Individuals interested in becoming an ethical hacker can work towards a certification to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). It is indeed a funny fact that those who know all about breaking any rules might be the best to apply any rules in the best way. It must be because they know better than anyone.