Ethical Hacking Methodology Explained

Mario Worwell

Mario Worwell

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Ethical Hacking

You’re probably familiar with the term “hacking,” which refers to gaining unauthorized access to data within a computer or network system. Hacking is illegal and can harm the system it’s targeted, but there is also something called “ethical hacking,” which is actually beneficial. With ethical hacking, a data system is still targeted, except that the hacking is done to locate vulnerabilities and weaknesses of systems by trying to hack into them as if they were maliciously trying to do so. So it’s a penetration test to see how strong the system’s security is so that any bugs or weaknesses can be fixed to prevent any real hacking.

An ethical hacker uses the same sort of skills to infiltrate computer systems for the owners, making them legal hackers and beneficial to businesses. As a key figure in the security process for any network or computer system, ethical hackers have their methodology used to secure an organization. They use a five-step system in order to work with companies to secure their systems. Here is their breakdown of their methodology:

1.     Assessment: An ethical hacker will first assess the system they’re hired to check. They’ll have to run several tests, including penetration tests and hands-on security tests. They’ll try and find any weaknesses in the system that illegal hackers might find and fix them as soon as possible.

2.     Policy Development: An ethical hacker will develop policies based on the company’s goals and mission when it comes to their security. They’ll focus on critical assets, making sure these are safe from hackers.

3.     Implementation: Once they’ve found any weaknesses, it’s time to implement changes to fix these security measures. Ethical hackers will supply the company with operational, technical and managerial controls to secure crucial data and more.

4.     Training: All employees will then need to be trained on how to follow the company’s policy and configure security controls and more.

5.     Audit: Once the above has been set in place, an audit will be conducted periodically to review all the controls first implemented for better security.

Ethical hacking might follow the same procedures as regular, malicious hackers, but in the end, their actions are totally legal and actually help an organization.

Originally Publish 6/26/2018 at:

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