ULTIMATE BEGINNER HANDBOOK TO COMPUTER HACKING ESSENTIALS: LEARN ETHICAL HACKING, PENETRATION TESTING AND BASIC SECURITY: 50+ FREE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU MASTER THE ART OF HACKING (2015)
DEFINITION AND IMPORTANCE: ETHICAL HACKER
An Ethical Hacker only hacks to prevent others from being able to do things that are morally improper to users of the technology. That is essentially their purpose, but they have to follow specific guidelines that normal hackers do not have to follow.
GUIDELINES OF AN ETHICAL HACKER
An Ethical Hacker has to do a couple of things that a normal hacker does not have to do in order to fulfill their purpose.
THEY MUST RECORD EVERYTHING
Ethical Hackers must record their screen, their keyboard, their mouse, their emotions, and even their heart rate and sometimes their brain waves. All of this information is used to determine the strength of the security and what it will be like for the person on the other end of the screen that is doing the hacking.
HACK VS. HACK
Often times, Ethical Hackers must go against each other to determine what a real-time scenario would be like in the case that a hacker is cable of getting far enough to the point where the security person must be able to protect the information by hand. This is done so that the programmers can develop scripts to specifically protect against these types of attacks so that the protection is faster than the hands of a hacker.
HACK FROM MORE THAN ONE DEVICE
Today, hackers can get in from multiple directions. You can hack into the mobile network and jump from the mobile network to go into the main network. You can hack into a person’s email and gain access from the email service. You can hack a person’s phone SIM card and place a key logger for access from a remote location. There are multiple ways to hack into a network and an Ethical Hacker must be aware of all the different ways a network can be hacked into.
Another part of the process of an Ethical Hacker is to determine the social weaknesses of an industry and how easy it can be for a person to be the source of the problem. This may involve having lunch with a person and pickpocketing their phone while they’re no looking, or determining whether that individual spends a lot of time surfing the internet while they are on break. Additionally, they determine how is it is for an individual to break the NDA that nearly everyone signs in the beginning and whether a person could get enough information from an individual to do actual damage to the business. There are specific key parts an Ethical Hacker must look out for in the social network that is behind the physical network.
IMPORTANCE OF AN ETHICAL HACKER
The importance of an Ethical Hacker cannot be stressed enough, as they serve as both a security analyst and a technological analyst. They prevent security risks from people, networks, and other third-party players to ensure that there is a very small chance that a hacker is capable of getting into the network.