To nab a criminal, you have to think like one. And to beat a hacker, you have to hack like one. Hacking, just like anything else, has two sides of the coin to it, the bad side, them the black hackers, and the good ones, the white hackers.
Hacking is the process of finding vulnerabilities in a system and using these to gain unauthorised access into the system, mostly to perform malicious activities which can be anything from deleting system files to stealing sensitive information. Hacking, simply put, is illegal.
At the same, if done with permission, hacking can be legal as well. Wondering how? Computer experts, or legally approved hackers, are often hired by companies to hack into their systems to find whether there are any vulnerabilities or weak points through which cybercrooks can sneak in, so that these can be fixed. Such people, who hack into a system with permission, without any malicious intent, are known as ethical hackers.
Most hacking jobs require you to be a Bachelor’s degree holder in computer science or any cyber security-related field. However, there are exceptions, for those who prove their mettle with brilliant knowledge of operating systems, databases and networking.
Most ethical hackers, according to articles on the web, begin their career as tech support engineers who climb their way up, by earning different certifications before working towards becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). After earning your CEH ‘degree’, you can proclaim to the world that you are an ethical hacker available for services.
According to one article, an ethical hacker “strives to replicate the working of a black hat hacker by analysing the defense protocols and social-engineering aspects of an organisation. His job is to make sure organisation reacts to these situations well enough if they are already not doing so.” Jobs, including those of Information Security Analyst; Security Analyst/ Consultant and Information Security Manager are available.
An ethical hacker has to be certified by EC- Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants). CEH certificate is globally renowned and well accepted around world. Check out https://www.eccouncil. org/programs/certified-ethical- hacker-ceh/.