Why Learn Ethical Hacking
Because Through Chaos We Find Innovation
By SEBASTIAN GOGOLA
“A vulnerability in an organization’s IoT microcosm is a “taunt” to exploit by malicious hackers”
As the tech industry continues to drive technology forward with projects such as IoT, AI, M2M, cloud services, etc. the gap between those who know how to use the technology and how the technology actually works is increasing. This leaves room for social engineering, vulnerabilities and inadequate administration of systems.
Many sites including Keypuncher.co are offering free courses & lessons to help raise security awareness to anyone wishing to learn, free of charge. Where Keypuncher.co differentiates itself is by allowing members of the community to learn & teach others through their course and lesson builder. This community-driven learning management system (LMS) also offers paid courses from the experts working in the field of security and enthusiasts who have ample knowledge into ethical hacking.
So Is It All Just For Fun?
Absolutely not, for those wishing to pursue a career in information security there are plenty of positions open with even more being populated in the coming years. Ethical hacking will open the door to security positions such as: CISO, Security Architect, Security Director, Security Manager, Security Engineer, Malware Analyst, Computer Forensics, Security Consultant, Incident Responder, Social Engineering Awareness Training, etc.
According to Cybersecurity Venture’s 2017 annual crime report “cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021”. This in effect will lead to cybersecurity spending to go above $1 trillion by 2021. This extra spending will go towards the number of unfilled positions estimated to be 3.5 million. It is even more important now to have a sense of hacking as every IT position is considered an information security position.
What Does It Take To Become A Security Expert?
For a hacker, understanding the internetworking of devices is crucial, but experience in related areas is equally important. Learning Unix/Linux commands and OS distributions is a must. Having working knowledge in programming for languages such as Python, SQL, Perl, etc. is also important. Ethical hacking involves learning how to create Trojan horses, backdoors, viruses, and worms. It also covers buffer overflows, session hijacking, denial of service (DoS) attacks, SQL injection, and system hacking.
Through the courses at Keypuncher.co you will discover how to hijack web servers, manipulate web applications, sniff networks, crack wireless encryption, and evade IDS’s, firewalls, & honeypots. Learning these skills in turn will make you more valuable and a great asset as you will gain a deeper understanding into information security.
It’s important never to engage in “black hat” hacking remaining ethical with newly acquired skills. Be sure to practice on networks or systems with full permission. Engaging in illegal activities will most likely kill your ethical hacking career as many of the positions are with government-related organizations requiring security clearance.
Learning how to hack will not happen over night, but you will learn if you remain interested. As Earl Nightingale said many years ago that “one hour per day of study in your chosen field was all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.”