When you hear the word hacker, what is the first thought that pops into your mind? Does it have negative connotations?
We thought so.
Even the pronunciation of the word can be so forceful, further stimulating the prejudice so deeply ingrained in our subconscious.
Do You Need Protection?
Absolutely! We are not implying that all hackers are ethical, and there is no need to worry. You should certainly consider cyber insurance for your business, and planning contingencies should a cyber attack occur. Regardless of your company size, anyone using the internet is susceptible to being hacked.
We want to encourage you to consider how ethical hacking can enhance your contingencies.
Before a smartphone is on the market, it goes through rigorous testing, such as assessing the quality of the lucrative water resistance feature. In this scenario, testers are trying to break the product. Quality assurance ensures that a product (or feature) does what it is meant to do and, most importantly, doesn’t do something it wasn’t designed to do.
Now let us take this example and apply it to hacking. An ethical hacker – ingeniously dubbed a White Hat Hacker – completes tasks similarly to penetration testing. They are analyzing potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses in programs, websites, and other applications accessed online.
Essentially the role of an ethical hacker is to impersonate a larcenist hacker attempting to break into systems. While cyber insurance protects you from the consequences of a cyberattack, hiring an expert hacker implements preventative measures.
There is an endless list of benefits a business can reap from utilizing a hacker, but we would like to highlight our three favorites.
Testing File Management Security
A financial website employed the services of an experienced hacker of web applications. The company supplied only its URL, and the outcomes of the tests were frightening. Merely adjusting the URL, the testing was able to locate a file storing client information and credit card details.