After reading this blog, you may want a hacker to break into your business.
When hearing the word “hacker,” the first thought most of us have is of a hooded figure in a dark room, typing furiously on a computer, stealing data, and committing internet crimes. This visual coincides with the definition of hacking — gaining unauthorized access to data in a network, system, or computer.
However, ethical hacking is somewhat commonplace AND it can actually be beneficial to your cybersecurity efforts.
What Is Ethical Hacking?
Ethical hacking is the process of legally breaking into an organization’s network or devices to test their defenses. Many companies use ethical hackers posing as cybercriminals to identify vulnerabilities, and test for potential data breaches or other cyberattacks. This is commonly referred to as “penetration testing.”
It provides a win-win situation for the business. If the ethical hacker is successful, they can identify solutions before a criminal hacker tries to give it a shot. If the ethical hacker is unsuccessful, the business can celebrate the fact that they have a strong cybersecurity system in place and are prepared to defend their data against outside threats.
Read our blog on the six most common cyberattacks that could threaten your business!
What Does an Ethical Hacker Look for?
When navigating through your system, there are a few key questions an ethical hacker looks to answer:
- What kind of vulnerabilities could a hacker see in this system?
- What information does this organization possess that a hacker would desire most?
- If there is access to any data, how could the hacker use this data?
- Are you keeping your systems up to date with software patches?
- What is the most effective way to address any vulnerabilities?
Fight the Bad Guys With the Good Guys
Ethical hackers are security professionals whose job is to help your business. Somewhere out there, a skilled and not-so-altruistic hacker is looking for your private information. Making sure this hacker is the legal kind can prevent the criminal kind from getting past your virtual front door.
Cybersecurity is an essential part of your business, and penetration testing is one way to strengthen your defenses. Our managed IT services and partnerships with forensic companies provide the services your business needs to make sure hackers aren’t sneaking through your front door.
At Sawyer Solutions, we work with small and medium-sized businesses like yours to provide consultation, customized solutions, and routine support. Let us be the technology provider you need! Call us today at (844) 448-7767 or fill out a contact form to learn more!