13 Jun '12, 8pm

How ethical hackers make computers safer - Mother Nature Network

How ethical hackers make computers safer - Mother Nature Network

When you think of hackers and hacking, do you picture groups like Anonymous launching high-profile attacks that target email passwords and personal information? Or do you see high-school kids in their bedrooms, logging into school networks to change their grades? We usually think hacking and hackers are bad. Sometimes, that’s true. But hacking can also be done for the greater good , and that’s where "ethical hacking" comes in. Ethical hacking sounds like an oxymoron, but it's essential to cybersecurity. Testing the boundaries "Ethical hacking is the practice and exercise of testing a company's security measures and business practices in an effort to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that threaten their assets," said Luke McOmie, director of Lambda Labs at Red Lambda, a data-security-software provider based in Longwood, Fla. "The purpose of this testing is to produce ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/computers/stories/how-ethic...

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