Sunday, 11 August 2019 15:07

The role ethical hacking plays in cyber security

In the 21st century world of business, cyber security is more important than ever. Ethical hacking and network defence are two skills employed by cyber security professionals to secure networks and guard information and people.

But what is ethical hacking? Also known as ‘White Hat’ hacking, it’s where a suitably skilled individual looks for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in computer systems, networks, programs, mobile apps or other connected resources.

It is done with full permission to assess the security posture of targeted systems, using the same tools and knowledge as an unethical or ‘Black hat’ hacker.

Ethical hackers are trusted leaders at the forefront of cyber security, and do their work in penetration, testing, exploitation and attack of computer systems and networks to protect against the actions of unlawful hackers, who would otherwise compromise systems and networks for financial or other illicit gains.

A vital component of ethical hacking is also the reporting, which is done to show the results of what worked well, where problems occurred, how a business and IT and security teams can improve, and what needs to be done on an ongoing basis to maintain and harden network defences.

Given the endless reports of hacked databases, systems, passwords, identities and more, strengthening computers and networks against malicious actors, ransomware, exploits and vulnerabilities while staying on top of what can be a cat and mouse security game is an essential skill for the modern cyber security expert, and is just one of the units of study for the Master of Cyber Security Accelerated Online course at Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia.

Their Master of Cyber Security course is designed for tech experts and cyber professionals who want to establish themselves as professionals and trusted leaders at the forefront of the cyber security field. It’s accelerated and 100% online and informed by global best practice and cutting-edge research, to provide you with the tools and techniques to predict, identify, and mitigate cyber risk. The knowledge and strategies to defend and respond to threats and attacks, protecting organisations, people, their data and rights are highly technical and hands-on skills immediately applicable to industry, placing you in high demand in the job market.

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