What is Ethical Hacker and Ethical Hacking?

An Ethical Hacker is simply a bodyguard. But instead of a human bodyguard, an ethical hacker is a computer bodyguard. It highlights strong areas, which is very good in the sense that those areas can be extended for other technologies or other attack vectors. Once an attacker is thwarted from an area it is good forever. The person engaged for ethical hacking may be tempted to do something which is not ethical for personal gain or just to show off. Further disadvantages could be breach of security and development of malware which can corrupt systems.

Ethical hacking is different from network security which is about defending and documenting defenses such as firewalls, VPN server security etc. It comprises using best practices or common techniques to operate in a secure manner, whereas ethical hacking is finding weaknesses in those implementations, documenting and putting them back in the network security process to help defend and repel potential future attacks from happening.

 

We get inspired by India’s top 10 Hackers who made their career in hacking & contributed world wide – (1) Ankit Fadia (2) Pranav Mistry (3) Sunny Vaghela (4) Vivek Ramachandran (5) Koushik Dutta (6) Aseem Jakhar (7) Sai Satish (8)Benild Joseph (9) Falgun Rathod and (10) Rahul Tyagi.

CISE (Certified Information Security Expert) certification is one of the most recognized certification in Information Security and Ethical Hacking Domain. The Program covers all aspects of Information Security and Ethical Hacking, enabling one to become an Information Security Expert. The average pay for a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is Rs 334,886 per year in India.

A recent study conducted by NASSCOM, the expected demand of Ethical Hacking professionals by the year 2012 would be around 1,88,000, as opposed to current availability of only about 22,000 professionals. Training for ethical hacking in India there are various institute who provide special training. In Ethical hacking

• Security auditing
• Penetration testing
• Exploit writing and many specialized certification courses.

The key benefit of ethical hacking is to find weak parts of a security model, or security system. But there are disadvantages, downside to ethical hacking which is the temptation to use information for personal gain.

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