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Ethical Hackers Prevent Data Breaches

Wednesday, June 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sandy Thomas
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As opposed to black hat hacking, which often causes data breaches in companies, white hat hacking seeks to prevent data breaches, whether solicited by the company or unsolicited. The majority of the time, white hack hackers are independent contractors, university level students, or even teenagers, according to Julia Kanouse, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association. Most ethical hackers aren’t seeking money, but rather a story with the company’s name in it, she continued.

Many companies, however, aren’t prepared for help from ethical hackers and may not have a procedure put in place. In an interview with Security Baron, Kanouse cited the example of a casino gaming company that ignored ethical hackers’ warnings about a weakness in their system. Later, the hackers posted their findings on social media, “blurring the lines between ethical and unethical, as other bad guys might be able to take advantage of [the weakness]”, Kanouse told Security Baron.

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