Let’s be ethical – Security Blog #3

This is the first time I hear about ethical hacking. Really, it is.

I mean, I knew that there are people who do that. But I never thought that they were called like that.

So let’s start learning ethically! 😀

Ethical Hacking describes the action of hacking by an entity to help identify potential threats. The hacker tries to go around the security and search for weak points where a malicious hacker could exploit and cause an information breach. This information is later provided to the companies or individuals to fix and minimize future hazards.

Ethical hackers and penetrations testers have some perks. They might not reach the levels of adrenaline and badassery as a regular -nonethical- hacker, but they really do earn a nice economic remuneration and the nice assurance that you won’t end up in prison.

And how can you become an ethical hacker?

First, you might consider career/major in IT. You might even study alongside the military (If your country has a program) and they could even pay you to study your career and offer you a job regarding security.

You need to get some basic certifications (CCNA) and some more specialized (Security+, CISSP or TICSA). When doing your certifications, you should also work in tech support and move up to administrative roles, until you achieve an information security position. At this point, you can apply for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) title by the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultant.

To hack, network engineering skill are -of course- necessary, but UNIX/Linux, C, LISP, Perl, JAVA, and SQL are necessary concepts that you need to master. Oh, and let’s not forget about the soft skill (As any other IT job) and street smarts (People skills and talent for manipulations).

And can you just start hacking after that?

Nope.

Usually, you need expressed, written, permission to probe the network, respect individual’s and company’s privacy, close everything after testing (Let’s not leave open doors for anybody else), and record and report any finding you might have encountered.

That’s all folks…

Miguel Montoya
Esperanto enthusiast
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