Ethical HackingWhat comes to mind when you hear the term “hacker?” For most people, the term is associated with cyber criminals. But did you know there is such a thing as ethical hacking?

Some hackers are criminals and use their computer skills to harm or damage computer systems. These people are called black hat hackers.  White hat hackers, on the other hand, use their computer skills to perform ethical hacking.

Ethical Hacking

Ethical hacking can determine vulnerabilities in a computer system. The goal of ethical hacking is to determine how to break into a system owned by a company, in order to prevent others from attacking it. If a white hat hacker can break into a system, a black hat hacker may be able to do the same.

Many companies hire ethical hacking services to ensure their systems and information are secure. White hat hackers can provide a company the following:

  • An executive summary describing the potential risks on their IT system.
  • A prioritized list of recommended steps that should be taken to eliminate the risks and strengthen the system.
  • A technical summary of existing security gaps.
  • A detailed report on the assessment.

The Increasing Need For White Hat Hackers

Today, individuals and organizations across the world increasingly use the Internet. Along with this come a variety of concerns regarding the security of consumer, financial, and medical data. For this reason, computer experts and white hat hackers are an invaluable resource in today’s digitally driven world.

It’s interesting to note that some white hat hackers acquired their skills as previous black hat hackers. Ethical hackers, regardless of where their knowledge was acquired, all have one thing in common: creativity. This is critical because white hat hacking involves finding multiple ways to harm or break into a system.

More Needs To Be Done To Prevent Black Hat Hacking

While ethical hackers are incredibly helpful in keeping the Internet safe and information private, there’s still a lot of work to do. Sites owned by the U.S. government have even been hacked. It’s almost impossible to design an impenetrable system because all technology has built-in security flaws.

To learn more about ethical hacking and how to keep your IT systems secure, give us a call at (613) 828-1280 or send us an email at

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 18th January 2014 by Ernie Sherman.