Ethical hacking and ethical hacker are the two terms that are used to explain about the hacking that is done by a company or an employee in order to help in identifying the potential threats that hover around a particular computer or a particular network.
The job of an ethical hacker is to make an attempt to bypass system security in order to look for any weak points that might be used by malicious hackers to harm the company in any way. After figuring out these weak points the ethical hacker reports it to the particular company and then this information is used by that company to strengthen the system security by making the required changes and improvements to it. This helps in minimizing the chances of being attacked by notorious or harmful hackers. Scope of Ethical Hacking is such that it has turned into an aspect of IT security industry today.
Though a lot of people have criticized the term “ethical hacker” because they feel that there is no such thing as “ethical” hacker but the fact remains that this type of hacking has proved to be of immense benefit for various companies who have the fear of being attacked by unethical hackers who are generally referred as computer criminals or cyber criminals.
Ethical hacking has certainly helped to provide the companies with a better system security; therefore it is being widely practiced in the corporate world. Interested people can work towards becoming a certified ethical hacker by joining ACIT Institute.