The word “hacker” often conjures up images of hoodie wearing teenagers with too much after-school time on their hands.
But, through the years this blanket term has transformed itself from a mischievous hobby motivated by boredom to a growth industry protecting multi-million dollar companies from the miscreants who wish to harm them.
Professionals around the world are working to trash “hacking’s” overwhelmingly pejorative labeling and harness its power for the greater good.
Meet The Ethical Hacker.
With just as much (if not more) technical savvy as the bad guys, the ethical hacker’s job is get inside the mind of his more deleterious rival.
They must be able to spot cracks and security threats before opportunity strikes.
To stay one step ahead of a “Black Hat” Hacker takes time, expertise and constant vigilance.
No computer system, network, application or other computing resource has 100%, all-encompassing protection against security threats In fact, any organization with a network connection to the internet or that provides an online service should be aware they run the risk of being exposed enough to at least consider bringing an Ethical Hacker on board.
“He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
If you fall into the unfortunate percentage of business owners who believe their business is fully protected against data theft & corruption, guess again.
Corporate security isn’t improving fast enough and state-backed hackers around the world are becoming bolder and more sophisticated.
Prevention is the key when talking about security issues.
Get in touch with your security services provider now! If you don’t have one yet, Pentalog is able to offer you top IT security services and a team of dedicated Ethical Hackers. Learn more!
Ethical Hacker – Role & Responsibilities
The Ethical Hacker, also known as a Security Consultant, Security Analyst, Data Privacy Analyst or “White Hat” Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s).
Ethical Hackers use their sharp eye, skills and security-related knowledge to document vulnerabilities they find in systems or networks. They provide advice and support to fix these problems and strengthen the overall security of an organization.
What can an Ethical Hacker do for your Business?
The role of an Ethical Hacker is both critical and never-ending since grey and black hat hackers are on a relentless quest to find cracks, backdoors, and other secret passages to access data they have no business seeing.
The Responsibilities of an Ethical Hacker:
Identify technical brick vulnerabilities
List libraries & associated risks
Educate clients on security risks
Attend technical workshops
When should the Ethical Hacker Intervene?
The Ethical Hacker should be present at various points during the development stage (Project Launch, Sprint Planning, special Sprints, etc.) as ethical hacking expertise is required for the development teams. (Security is usually a different body of knowledge).
If the customer cannot provide this expertise, Pentalog can bring an Ethical Hacking consultant on board. During the project launch, they will be in charge of hosting security awareness workshops and ensuring a level of technical support.
Without the assistance of an Ethical Hacker in the development process, IT specialists can only apply best practices in writing and delivering clean code and cannot cover all security issues.
The best thing you can do for your company is to start with a static analysis of code developed by the teams, then consolidate your approach to security into a global strategy founded on Agility tailored to your growth objectives.
Pentalog is on hand to help with:
Application/infrastructure security analysis
Penetration and vulnerability testing
Surveillance and monitoring
Security checks and audits
Process design and implementation
Security strategy consulting
Legislation and standards support
If you are familiar with the top 10 OWASP vulnerabilities, you should know that our growing Pentalog team of security specialists is able to cover, prevent & support much more!
The risks associated with the absence of safety devices are multiple and can vary according to the technical characteristics of your product as well as the sector of activity concerned.
However, it is accepted that the absence of a safety device can affect the 4 main safety criteria:
Availability: Achievement of the availability of services, data or infrastructure necessary for the operation of a business
Integrity: Unintentional or malicious alteration of the information system, damaging the proper functioning of business activity
Confidentiality: Involuntary or malicious disclosure of sensitive information or data critical to the business
Traceability: Alteration or deletion of traces required during an investigation in the event of an incident, malfunction or security attack