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India’s Perspective: Ethical Hacking as Career

The entire world is now online. As the power of the internet increases and we are able to do more and more such as managing companies, businesses, shopping, banking, communications we put a great deal of trust in the online processes. We trust the internet with passwords, bank accounts, intellectual property and all types of power. Like all places need safety and security, the day has come now when internet security is needed and this is possible from Ethical Hackers – our ‘Cyber Cops’.

What is an Ethical Hacking Career?

Ethical Hacking also known as Internet Security is very different from traditional Security. Internet security is more on a proactive basis as compared to traditional security. While traditional security is based on catching the criminals, internet security has Ethical Hackers that try to hack into a company/organisation before an ‘attack’ so they are able to find any weak links. Ethical Hackers are hired by companies to hack their own respective company and be able to identify any loopholes where an ill-intentioned hacker could create damage so that the company can buff its security and cover the cracks. They use their creativity and skills to make the internet world of a company a foolproof and safe place for both the owners and the clients. These ‘Cyber Cops’ prevent Cyber Crimes and protect the cyber space.

Job Profile

The work of an Ethical Hacker uses in-depth computer knowledge and creativity to attack the network of its company to seek out the vulnerable areas and help the company set in place suitable safety adjustments so that penetration of the network is prevented. Apart from hacking the Ethical Hacker is also many times involved with other areas of internet security for the company such as encryptions, security protocols and firewalls.

Employment Opportunity

Job opportunities are available with both government and private organisations.

Scope

Opportunities for Ethical Hackers are growing in leaps and bounds. The demand for them is monumental with very few Ethical Hackers available. Earlier limited to the IT sector, now as all companies/organizations create their online presence, they require Cyber Security. The increase in transactions and sensitive work carried out online increases the pressure to have latest and up-to-date internet security. High-Profile companies cannot afford to be victim to a cyber attack and therefore Ethical Hackers are hired. Protection of Confidential Governmental information has to be maintained at all costs. Whatever the field, functions or scale of the company, as it goes online Ethical Hackers will be needed for its protection. Like Cops are a necessity, so will be ‘Cyber Cops’.