If you wanted to test your home’s security system for any vulnerabilities, who would you ask for help? You might initially think to contact the designer, provider, or installer of the system to ensure it’s up to the task of protecting your home from criminal activity. That approach may be a good place to start, but if you really want to know how effective it will be, you’d want the help of someone who knows how to break into homes by exploiting vulnerabilities in a security system.
In the digital world, that’s what white hat hackers do. Also known as ethical hackers, these individuals use the same tools and knowledge as cybercriminals. They confront software and networks in an effort to identify all different types of vulnerabilities and opportunities for a breach. With hacking, scamming, and other tech-based crime on the rise, ethical hackers are in high demand.
Large and small companies, private users, public and government organizations have increasingly sought white hat hacking services to pinpoint a specific weakness. These are the types of weaknesses that can be easy to overlook unless you’re thinking like a cybercriminal on the hunt for vulnerabilities to exploit. There are even new and lucrative career opportunities for individuals willing to train in the latest hacking tools and techniques.
The cybersecurity flaws that are exposed in this process provide all the lessons and none of the risks that come with true cybercriminal hacks. Software, network and other tech developers can then improve their systems so they’re less venerable to common means of attack, and that can save a substantial amount of time, money, and trust in the long run.
For example, marketcommunication.net and its many partners in the telecommunications industry are dealing with considerable challenges. It’s a continuous fight to secure communication systems when VoIP has become the standard and scammers utilize a range of attacks based in such systems. White hat hacking techniques help to better secure telecommunication networks. Such resources are vital when so much valuable and sensitive information can be shared or stored on any given smartphone or tablet.
So long as technology and connectivity are essential to modern life, there will always be criminals trying to exploit weaknesses. If the “good guys” can get to the vulnerabilities first, that may be the best defense available.