When you hear the word ‘hacker’ what do you think? Illegal? Disruptive? Expensive? In the UK we have had monumental hacks from the NHS being held to ransom, to the attempted hack of the Winter Olympics, to TalkTalk having over 150,000 of their customers personal details accessed.
However not all hacking is detrimental to a business. ‘Ethical’ hacking is of increasing popularity amongst businesses because let’s face it, no business is impenetrable. So businesses hire ‘ethical’ hackers to hack them, discovering loopholes that are in the software and malware protection systems in place. This then enables firms to identify flaws in the system, make improvements and then inevitably prevent future hacks from occurring.
As a result, it has been argued that the term ‘hacker’ is too negative. There are calls for the definition to be adapted in the Cambridge Dictionary to eliminate the negative connotations associated with the term, primarily removing the word ‘illegal’ from the definition. At the forefront of this campaign is cyber-security company HackerOne who themselves have skilled, ethical, white hat hackers helping big names such as Snapchat, Starbucks, and Twitter. Therefore they are legally helping other organisations ensure that any flaws in security are reinforced immediately to prevent cyber attacks from occurring.
Changing the definition in the dictionary will enable the perception of hackers to develop. Whilst you will always have the illegal hackers committing crime and causing disruption, we must not forget the cyber hero’s – the ethical hackers who are crucial to ensure that the security software that is in place for an organisation is doing what it is supposed to do.
Here at Anson McCade we salute ethical hackers, especially considering the technological era we live in. With a current skill shortage in the cyber security market, Anson McCade are working with a number of top tier organisations in this specific area. So if you yourself are an ethical hacker looking for your next exciting and challenging opportunity then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.