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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Daddy and I Learned About Ethical Hacking

When you hear the word hacker or hacking, what is the first thing that comes into your mind? Illegal, right? Daddy and I have that same notion before, until we saw the news about the Commission on Elections’ plan of getting hackers to test their system for the 2010 automated poll. Were we surprised? Yes! Because we never thought that hacking can be done for IT Security purposes. It’s called Ethical Hacking.

If this is the first time you read about this term, well let me give you a little info about it. Basically, ethical hacking is about attacking a system, which of course with the owner’s request or authorization, to seek vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could take advantage of. Also known as intrusion testing or penetration testing, this is conducted by an individual, known as the Ethical Hacker, to test a security system legally for the purpose of helping the owner take pre-emptive measures against malicious attacks instead of exploiting them.

Now, you might wonder, how can anyone be considered a Certified Ethical Hacker? Well, you can simply attend the CEH Program through the E-Council iClass Official Training, with the following categories being offered: Security Fundamentals, Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, Disaster Recovery, and Secure Programming. Actually, Daddy and I were also thinking about giving it a try. After all, who doesn't want to benefit from a high paying job these days? Not to mention, the chance to be recognized as one of the experts in this field.




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