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Is this what an ethical hacker is about?

By Aldanatech ·
I'm working on a college report on ethical hacking. Because members of TechRepublic are so knowledgeable, I figured I should get an opinion and accept any feedback for improvement. Please check it in detail and answer with any correction that you think I should make. This includes innacuracies, anything you don't agree with, and just about any contribution or insight you can provide. Your help is greately appreciated. The whole report doesn't fit in the question, so I just post whatever fits, and you can find the rest on my page (http://www.aldanaweb.com/capella/manuscriptroughdraft.htm).

Here is my report:

Just about any IT professional should devote some attention to security -- whether it is an individual computer, or an enterprise WAN network. Today, computers and networks are an essential contribution to the development and success of businesses and organizations, but their benefits are increasingly jeopardized by the speed and sophistication of security breaches and attacks. Common preventive actions installing the latest patches, updating the Anti-Virus DAT files, configure the firewall(s), and install an intrusion-detection system. However, no matter the effort, there is always the concern that not enough was done to protect the system from attacks. When the IT professional encounters this situation, it becomes almost inevitable to stand on the attacker's shoes. He or she must try to figure out what would an attacker attempt to hack the system. In other words, the IT professional must learn to actually be hacker to anticipate other hacker's moves and effectively protect his or her system from unauthorized access. The dilemma is that depending on the location and culture, hacking is legal, illegal, unethical, or both illegal and unethical. The alternative for this issue is to explore the possibility of becoming an Ethical Hacker...

The rest of the report is my page (http://www.aldanaweb.com/capella/manuscriptroughdraft.htm)

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by rhema7 In reply to Is this what an ethical h ...

We must first get terminology right.
A hacker is a person who exploits security hole to improve on securities and oneps software to see how it works to improve it or modifiy to meet his or her need.

A Cracker is the person who illegaly gain access to systems to do harm or just look around and or crack software to by pass sercurity to share or sell bootleg copies for gain.

Hacker (true ones) have been the victem of bad use of terminology.

Preston

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by CrimeDog In reply to Is this what an ethical h ...

I have to confess that I have semantic issues with the term "Ethical Hacker". Certified Public Accountants (CPA's) are required to know, and are tested on, methods for "cooking the books", yet we don't call them "Ethical Fraudsters", do we?

As for knowing how exploits are conducted. Yes, I think that is a necessary part of the education process for IT security people. However, a test network is sufficient for these purposes.

White hat vs. black hat designations has similar problems. Grey hat is even worse.

Someone once said,"Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons is still wrong."

Regards,

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