What is Ethical Hacking and Role of Ethical Hackers?
Ethical hacking as the term denotes is used for ethical, legal or good reasons. Ethical Hackers work similarly to any other black hat hacker or cracker but their aim is to provide complete security to any system to prevent other black hat hackers. They find out the loopholes in any operating systems and apply complete security to it so that other hackers would not able to attack the system.
Black hat hackers are actually the cyber criminals and ethical hackers are the cyber police. Both had weapons with them but one is using it protect others and other one is using it for damage others. Ethical Hackers do have sound knowledge as what measures that a black hat hacker can take to damage the systems, therefore they applied the security to the system accordingly and thus make the system of any organization completely safe and secure.
Role of Ethical Hackers
- There can lots of roles and responsibilities for an ethical hacker, but to summarize their roles and responsibilities a White hat hacker can do the following for an organization:
- They can find out the vulnerabilities and loopholes in any IT system.
- Ethical Hackers can also suggest the list of steps that should be taken to prevent the risk on a system and can also provide the system complete security.
- They can recommend any organization about the detailed report and analysis related to security of any IT system.
Career Opportunities & Job prospects in Ethical Hacking
As the cyber crimes are increasing day by day worldwide the need for the ethical hackers is also increasing. Ethical hackers are now the backbone of any IT security system. However, there is a wide gap between the demand and supply of ethical hackers. There are only few ethical hackers and the world is required more. Therefore, the scope of a fresher in ethical hacking is lucrative not only in India but throughout the world.
Internet Security & Network Security are two major fields where the ethical hackers can find the path to build their career in hacking and information security. Ethical hackers are hired by the companies to find out the loopholes and vulnerability that may be exist in any network and thus also provide the solution to fix them.
The need of ethical hackers is in both the private and Govt. Sector including the railways, banks, airlines, hotels, IT companies etc. The defence and military law is not away from the scope of ethical hackers and even in the military, army, air force, forensic laboratories, detective agencies, CBI, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Information, they all required the skills of an ethical hacker.
Even the private sector requires lots of ethical hackers today to audit their systems. Some well known companies such as Wipro, Infosys, HCL, TCS, IBM, Tech Mahindra, Quick Heal, Microsoft, Airtel, Reliance and many more companies are looking to hire skilled and professional ethical hackers today.
An Ethical hacker can work as a network security administrator, Internet Security administrator, IT system security manager, security executive, web security manager and so on.
Institutes offering courses to become a Certified Ethical Hacker
There are lots of Institutes in India including Delhi which are offering certificate and diploma courses in Ethical Hacking and Information security fields such cyber forensics, Exploit writing, information security etc. Even a well known organization i.e EC Council offers several information security courses including CEH (Certified ethical hacker), CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) etc .