Could being hacked add value to your business?

27 Feb 2018

By Veronica Edwards

Recently I read an article written by Carey Wodehouse. It got me thinking if being hacked could add value to your business? My take-aways from the article are...

To be hacked is something most of us would all prefer to keep quiet about. Organisations have paid some serious coin (cyber-attack related costs are estimated to be in excess of $2 trillion globally for 2018) in the clean-up to keep it quiet, regain access to their data and/or repair the damage to their brand. So how could it ever be considered "a good thing" to be hacked?

You can prepare the best defence when you know the enemy's plan of attack. When a company attempts to hack its own network, it puts them one step ahead of the "bad guys". This type of legal hacking is called ethical hacking. The exact same techniques/technologies that hackers use are deployed but in a way that helps companies find holes and make improvements, should they choose. Getting inside a hacker's head is proving to be one of the most valuable angles in approaching cyber security — and ethical hacking is the best way to put that into action.

While ethical hacking might sound like an oxymoron, it's a smart, proactive approach to assist in the prevention of malicious hacking. By running through every possible scenario and thinking like a hacker, ethical hackers are able to find weak points in a network and educate users about security best practices before they are exploited.

So, what tactics are used to "crack the perimeter" of a network? Some tactics aren't limited to hacks on software and systems — they can range from phishing and spear-phishing scams, spoof emails, and other social engineering tactics to target end users or security scanners. A hacker can also focus on security flaws, most abundant at the seams between elements. Sometimes, all it takes is a subtle, hairline crack to blow the system apart.

Whether there are flaws in the operating systems, issues with non-compliance, vulnerabilities in application code, or endpoint problems, an ethical hacker can help you locate these issues so you're less likely to experience an attack. If you're opening a new office location or making any big changes to your network infrastructure, having an ethical hacker is an excellent way to get that extra peace of mind.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker, we can help. See our website for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker Security Training course outline and schedule.

Veronica Edwards
Account Manager, DDLS