Ethical hacking and hackers are widely known terms but only a few people have their true understandings. We often hear that someone’s social media account has been hacked or someone’s bank account has been hacked, these are done by the hackers who want your money or data.
On a daily basis, there are hundreds of thousands of cybers attacks on any reputed organization. This makes it necessary for the organization to check and secure its weak links in the system. Therefore, this generates the need for ethical hackers who can perform ethical hacking and secure a security system.
In this article, we are going to discuss the most common questions related to hacking.
What is ethical hacking?
Ethical hacking is also called penetration testing. It is intruding practice to find out vulnerabilities that can be exploited by ill-intended attackers. These vulnerabilities can cost any organization its important data, monetary values, or hard-earned image. For this reason, ethical hackers exist to find weak links in the security system of the organization.
An ethical hacker will try to find the answers to the following questions to enhance the security of an organization.
- What kind of vulnerabilities are there?
- How many of them are visible to the attackers?
- What information or part of the system is most attractive to a hacker? Where would they want to gain access to?
- What can a hacker do with the information they gain from the organization?
- How many people in the cybersecurity team noticed the ongoing attack? Were they able to stop it? How? When?
- What is the most suitable way to fix this vulnerability?
When an ethical hacker attack the system of an organization and test their security measures, he finds the answers of questions mentioned above.
Why is ethical hacking important?
Today, the most important asset is information in any form. When there is transfer of information through web portals it gets most vulnerable to hacking. In government, privates organizations, or even in small companies, the hackers, cyber-criminals, and such, frequently attack the vital information.
In order to be secure, the organizations take various measures. However, those measures are not adequate, they need a regular update and new security measures must be added in the system. The hackers and cyber-criminals daily find new methods to penetrate through the barriers of antivirus, firewalls, and other security measures.
Ethical hackers are also called as white hat hackers. They perform a pen test on the security system, or to put it simply they try to hack the system and give you an insight and important information of your organization from the perspective of a hacker without your system being actually hacked.
This allows you the update security measures and secures the walls around your organization.
What are the types of ethical hacking?
There are various types of hacking mentioned below.
- Web application hacking
- Social engineering
- System hacking
- Hacking wireless networks
- Web server hacking