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What is ethical hacking? A guide to white-hat attacks and penetration tests
It sounds crazy to the uninitiated, but organisations across the globe pay people to break into their systems and find sensitive information. The reason they do this is simple: to catch a thief, you must think like one. Organisations hire ethical hackers to make sure they have someone who’s one step ahead of the tactics that crooks use. What is ethical hacking? Ethical hacking (or penetration testing) refers to the exploitation of networks and applications, with the intention of informing the organisation about the vulnerabilities you discover. With the vulnerabilities the ethical hacker discovers, organisations can implement defences to stop criminals before they’ve had a chance to target the organisation. What does an ethical hacker do? Ethical hackers identify and exploit vulnerabilities using the same methods as a criminal hacker. The only difference is that ethical hackers operate within the law, and don’t use any of the information they’ve discovered maliciously.
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