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What is Ethical Hacking?
Ethical Hacking is where good ethical hackers try to get into your IT systems. Most importantly they will do this with minimal disruption and without causing damage. Ethical hackers are also known as White Hat hackers. They use their expertise to help you improve your security. By attacking your systems from the eyes of a hacker you can find and close the open doors to your network. Whatever test is carried out, the result is to help you to defend your business going forwards. Malicious hackers who cause damage for fun are often called Black Hat hackers. Some damage a system for fun. Others steal confidential data and sell it on the dark web. Others like to expose things they believe should be in the public domain. There are a number of reasons why hackers turn rogue.
Why should I use an Ethical Hacker?
It is easy to buy the latest security product off the shelf and configure it and assume you are invincible. However it is often the case that devices are not correctly configured. This then makes you an easy target for hackers and leaves your business exposed. The best way to get a genuine opinion on how secure your business is via an Ethical Hacker. You know they will use the same tools and techniques of the black hat hackers to test your system. They will give you feedback and advice on how to improve what you already have. They also have no sales targets to meet so aren’t trying to flog you the latest kit.
Will an Ethical Hacker damage my network?
No an Ethical Hacker will look at your systems and test vulnerabilities to ensure the threat is real. If they gain access to confidential systems they will not take copies or delete any data. They will not leave back doors into your system or leave your business at risk. People are often put off by employing one of the bad guys to look at their business security. However this is the best way to conduct a thorough security audit of your IT.