October 22, 2018

What is an Ethical Hacker?

Ethical Hackers are talented hackers who use their superpowers for good. In essence, hackers are smart people who want to understand how things work. They tear things down to their basic components—a process known as reverse engineering—to get a deep understanding of something.

The term hacker is often misused or misunderstood in the media and in the community. There are actually three different types of hackers: white hats (the good guys), black hats (the bad guys) and gray hat (the guys who ride that good guy/bad guy line).

If companies and organizations don’t understand how hackers can get into their systems, then they will have a hard time securing them. That’s why smart companies hire ethical hackers to identify and fix vulnerabilities, therefore preventing exploitation by malicious hackers. White hats help these companies save a lot of time, money and headaches.

We hammer ethical concepts into UAT students throughout their time in school. UAT students work through penetration methodologies, risk assessments and social engineering tactics. Then they analyze their findings to determine impact on “the customer” and recommend ways to improve their security posture. Students also learn how to explain their findings through extensive report writing (just like in the real world).

Check out this short clip to learn more about our cyber security program:

You can also connect with me on LinkedIn. We’re always exploring collaboration and educational opportunities with our friends in the cyber security community.

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