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December 2022


Let’s face it. We live in a digital world. Our work lives, personal lives, and finances have all begun gravitating toward the world of the internet, mobile computing, and electronic media. Unfortunately, this widespread phenomenon makes us more vulnerable than ever to malicious attacks, invasions of privacy, fraud, and other such frightening cases. This is why cyber security is such a vital part of a secure and well-ordered digital world. Cybersecurity keeps us safe from hackers, cyber criminals, and other agents of fraud.

What is Ethical Hacking, and What is it used for?

In order to carry out ethical hacking, a hacker must collaborate with a company or person to obtain permission to launch cyberattacks against a system or network in order to find any potential weaknesses. Another name for an ethical hacker is a "white hat" hacker. Many rely on ethical hackers to find holes in their devices, apps, endpoints, or networks.

When and how big of an attack the hacker will launch on the system, they let their client know. An ethical hacker adheres to the terms of their client agreement when working. They are unable to identify weaknesses and then demand cash to address them. This is the activity of gray hat hackers. Additionally, black hat hackers—those who hack in order to hurt others—differ from ethical hackers.

Is Ethical Hacking Legal?

Yes, ethical hacking is legal because the hacker has full, expressed permission to test the vulnerabilities of a system. An ethical hacker operates within constraints stipulated by the person or organization for which they work, and this agreement makes for a legal arrangement. An ethical hacker is like someone who handles quality control for a car manufacturer. They may have to try to break certain components of the vehicle such as the windshield, suspension system, transmission, or engine to see where they are weak or how they can improve them. With ethical hacking, the hacker is trying to “break” the system to ascertain how it can be less vulnerable to cyberattacks. However, if an ethical hacker attacks an area of a network or computer without getting expressed permission from the owner, they could be considered a gray hat hacker, violating ethical hacking principles.