Hacking, as a term of phrase, always carries with it a negative connotation. After all, how often do hackers make it into the news without stealing, infiltrating, or breaking something?
While the term “hacker” is defined as “a person who secretly gets access to a computer system in order to get information, cause damage, etc.: a person who hacks into a computer system” by our friends at Merriam-Webster, there’s more to the title than simply cyber B&E. In fact, in the face of growing threats to cybersecurity as sensitive information continues to move online, the need for so-called “ethical” or “white hat” hackers grows – and companies are paying big bucks for their services.
As of 2013, companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have shelled out millions of dollars in exchange for so-called “bug bounties,” enlisting “white hat” hackers to search for vulnerabilities and shortcomings in their products, sites, and services – all in the pursuit of better safeguards and preventions against attacks.
However, some of the biggest threats from hackers come against smaller, less-resourceful targets. Individuals and small businesses are at risk of blackmail, data mining, and doxxing (the publication of their personal information) – sometimes for no reason at all.
But not all ethical hacking is financially-motivated. Some groups, like the Montana Ethical Hackers (as detailed in this 2014 story), test the amount of publicly-available data on small business owners, individuals, and government agencies in the name of the public good.
Of course, just because your company lacks the resources of a Microsoft or a Google doesn’t mean it can’t employ safeguards against unwanted cyber intrusions and attacks on company networks. With a trusted name at your defense, you can sleep soundly knowing your business’ most valuable information is kept under lock and key. CMIT Solutions of Seattle can provide the latest insights into cybersecurity techniques and prepare your company’s systems and employees for cyber attacks. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your network and system security.
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