The term hacker generally comes with a negative connotation, especially from those outside of the cyber security sector. It can conjure the image of a cryptic, hooded, evil genius sitting behind a laptop. However, those in the industry know the benefits of having a hacker on their side. Is there anyone better to teach you how to protect your networks and servers than someone who once made a living breaking into them?
Organisations and governments can learn a great deal from the “bad guys.” From gaining insights into how they think and act, to keeping up-to-date on new technologies and vulnerabilities. The amount of information that can be gained by working with a hacker must not be underestimated.
Getting to know your enemy
By learning what hackers look for in your systems, how they utilise vulnerabilities, and the types of personnel they usually target with social engineering attacks, you will be helped when looking to prevent and mitigate attacks. In short, make sure vulnerabilities in your system are detected and addressed before someone else exploits them.
Benefiting from their knowledge
Hackers are constantly coming up with new ways to breach systems, many of which involve exploiting the weakest link in your defences: your people. Social engineering attacks are being created and refined every day. Without knowing what to look for and where to look for them, organisations leave themselves vulnerable to very avoidable breaches.
With vigilance and by keeping pace with emerging vulnerabilities, your employees and your entire company can stay protected. Who better to help keep you safe from vulnerabilities and points of interest than those who made a living out of exploiting them?
Hackers are becoming hot property
The demand for hackers has become intense in recent times. Companies and governments are hiring hackers who have successfully breached their systems to make sure it doesn’t happen again. In this way, hackers become part of their defence and training practice, and organisations can get the ultimate insight into a hacker’s mind.
Whether you decide to hire, consult or just speak to a hacker, your network will be better for it.