In a world where technology has become more advanced to the level of accessing everything with a touch, whether it is small tasks like buying groceries, food items to performing advanced tasks like filming a movie, making money transactions, technology has very well proved advantageous to the people and the world. Though technology has a bright side to it, it even comes with a dark side. With the advancement in technology, there are people misusing and exploiting it for their personal benefits.
Who are Hackers?
Hackers are the one who unethically break into a computer system, network or in today’s world, even smartphones or tablets. The major reasons for their break ins are,
- Personal gains like demanding money
- Spying to steal important documents
- Politically motivated
The action they perform is called Hacking and sometimes called as Black Hat Hackers.
These hackers pose challenges in the form of security threats to individuals, organizations, governments, etc. To put a halt to their activities and to stop them from further breaching the defenses, Ethical Hackers are appointed and assigned the responsibility of safeguarding the security system.
Who are Ethical Hackers?
Ethical Hackers are the professionals who are legally appointed by an organization, government or individual to strengthen their computer or network’s security system before a hacker finds the loopholes in them and launches an attack. The process they perform is called Ethical Hacking. Sometimes these hackers are called White Hat Hackers.
As we have now understood the difference between the terms Hacking and Ethical Hacking, let us now see why Ethical Hacking is important in today’s world.
1. Our Data is Safe
Data holds a very significant place in today’s digitized world. As the whole world is operating online for their basic needs to everyday essentials, loads and loads of data is stored online. Organizations and MNCs who are dealing with this data have the responsibility to protect and safeguard the information at any cost. This is where Ethical Hackers come into picture and organizations need them to put a lock to their data and keep it far away from the hacker’s hands. Wherever a security threat is anticipated, an Ethical Hacker or Ethical Hackers are needed to secure the authenticity of the Data and protect them from getting mishandled.
2. Our Money is safe
Due to the hackers, there is loss of money for more private firms and government organizations. According to a survey conducted by cybersecurity firms in India, the Indian firms have lost more than $4 billion in 2013 alone. Every top organization including LinkedIn, Yahoo, Ebay, Canva and Adobe have been a victim of hacking and have lost millions and billions of dollars due to data breach. That doesn’t stop there. Some hackers even did money laundering and blackmail money for the return of the stolen documents. But with Ethical Hackers in place, companies and organizations can stop such cyber attacks and protect their hard-earned money from hackers.
3. We have the trust of our customers
Trust is everything when it comes to running a business. Their credibility depends on it. Many businesses have come to the verge of losing their customers’ trust because of the information they have lost due to data breach. To avoid such adverse situations, assigning an Ethical Hacker in place would lead to the conversation of data and also placing the data in a safe place.
4. No further attacks
This is the major reason employing Ethical Hackers would add a great benefit to organizations. No further attacks by any Black Hat Hackers. This would lead to the protection of data and saving millions of dollars for the companies. If the security system is an important asset to an organization, the professionals who safeguard it are the next main resource for them.
The reasons are not limited to just the above four. There are many other inferences that stress the need for ethical hackers in today’s world. From protecting the authenticity of the data, preventing cyber attacks to preventing cyber terrorism ensuring the safety of the nation Ethical Hackers play a major role in the safeguarding the security of the organizations as well as the nation.