Have you ever thought about hiring a hacker? If so, do you wonder whether or not it’s a good idea? If not, are you now wondering if you need to employ one to beef up your online security?
Many businesses wonder whether or not they should hire a hacker. This is a very difficult question to answer. There are many scenarios that determine and whether or not you might need one on your staff. There are also multiple types of hackers.
Knowing who to employ and who not to employ can be overwhelming. Let’s take a closer look. If you’re looking for an affordable small business applicant tracking system, try Recruiteze! Recruiteze is FREE!
In the world of computer hacking, there are white hat hackers and black hat hackers. Occasionally you’ll find one that lives in between. These are called gray hat hackers.
White hat hackers are ethical. They are experts in security and they specialize in making sure systems are secure. They are very beneficial for businesses who have security needs and concerns. They’re able to test the security that is in place and figure out a way to strengthen it when it needs it, and whether to update or upgrade.
Black hat hackers are usually in it for personal gain. They are malicious and violate security on more levels than one. Nothing they do tends to be ethical or done with anyone else’s best intentions in mind. Many times, they’re hired to penetrate security systems, steal digital information and worse, hack personal information about individuals that could be detrimental to them.
Gray hat hackers are in the middle. Often they have ethical intentions, but end up doing things in a black hat way. Sometimes when a new system is being launched white hats must live on the black hat side for a little bit to test and penetrate the system in order to identify vulnerabilities.
Many companies find that white hat hackers are great assets to their staff. Their skills for improving security are second to none. Everything they do requires permission and they test systems without any malicious or unethical tactics. They find problems and fix them. Most white hat hackers have certifications. International Council of E-Commerce Consultants is an accredited corporation that certifies white hat hackers.
If you’re considering hiring a hacker, keep these things in mind. They should be self-proclaimed white hats, their resumes should reinforce their proclamation and they should be certified.
Remember, even the most ethical white hat hackers with certification can always take a walk on the black hat side. At the very least, they might have to put their grey hat on in order to better serve your company once in a while. It’s important to understand this and be prepared for it. There are legal ramifications for those hackers that get caught doing things that are illegal, regardless of their certification or job title. The hacker is not only putting themselves at risk, but also your company.
It is been predicted that by 2021 cybercrime could cost almost $5 trillion annually, all across the globe. This includes a variety of crimes. Businesses that are vulnerable but cannot identify their weaknesses might need a hacker to get access. Then they can locate sensitive data within your system and discover ways to further secure it from other hackers. As the saying goes, “it takes one to know one.”
Again, the question of whether or not you should hire a hacker is difficult to answer. We hope this information gives you insight on the situation and helps you make the best decision for your company.
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