In a broad sense, ethical Hacking refers to an authorized attempt of compromising or gaining unauthorized access to an application, computer system, or data. An ethical hacker performs this attempt, also dabbed as a white hat hacker. White hat hackers get paid by a company as cybersecurity specialists who try to identify security loopholes through Hacking. White hat hackers differ from black hat hackers and grey hat hackers. Grey hat hackers often are hackers that identify vulnerabilities in a system or application without the owner's knowledge or permission. Still, once they find loopholes, they report them to the owners and may request a fee to fix the loopholes identified.
On the other hand, the black hat hackers are hackers with comprehensive knowledge on bypassing security protocols and breaking into systems and are usually responsible for creating malware. The primary motivation of black hat hackers usually is financial or personal gains, and they can also be involved in protests, cyber espionage, and other cybercrimes. The proactive tasks are done by ethical hackers to assist the organizations in improving their security posture of networks, systems, and data. Ethical Hacking is usually done with prior approval from the target organization. The ethical hackers also sign an NDA agreement that prohibits the hacker from sharing company information on the identified security loopholes or any other information they can access.
Major Ethical hacking protocols
What Questions does the ethical assessment answer?
These questions need to be answered by the ethical hacker and are crucial towards improving the organization's security posture.
As the S4E team, we strive to pass the ethical hacking process in the best way, and we report to you all the necessary measures for your company's security.