Network Security Consulting: Defining a Hacker

17 June 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

In the business of network security consulting whether or not to hire a so called “hacker” is a major question at hand for many companies.

Defining a Hacker

The true definition of a “hacker” is actually someone who is fascinated with programming and networking and finds ways to adjust the systems in a beneficial manner or even to find the loopholes in order to fix them before someone else discovers them. With that being said the term “hacker” is not used in reference to that definition in this day and time. When referring to a hacker most likely the person being described is someone who does the opposite of the true definition. Hackers as they are now called obsess over programming and networks in order to find ways to illegally break into company files and destroy data. The original definition is now called a white hat hacker and the later definition is called a black hat hacker.

Benefits of Hiring a once Black Hat Hacker

  • Firsthand experience; the first and most obvious benefit to network security consulting companies when hiring a hacker is understanding of what a hacker does.
  • Different mindset; a book trained network security consultant only knows how to be on the defense against hackers whereas members of network security consulting that were once black hat hackers themselves are constantly on the offense. Thinking like a black hat hacker and predicting future problems for the company.
  • Lesser pay; typically a network security consulting company can pay a once black hat hacker less salary due to prior convictions.
  • The risk; it is impossible to know whether or not a hacker has completely changed over to a straightforward consultant.
  • Trust; not being able to determine the credibility of the hackers reformation may instill a lack of trust that cannot work out in the long run. In order to have someone working for you successfully, especially in relation to confidential information trust has to be established.
  • Plus, depending on where the company is located legal issues may also be needed to take care of.

Downsides to Hiring a Once Black Hat Hacker

  • The risk; it is impossible to know whether or not a hacker has completely changed over to a straightforward consultant.
  • Trust; not being able to determine the credibility of the hackers reformation may instill a lack of trust that cannot work out in the long run. In order to have someone working for you successfully, especially in relation to confidential information trust has to be established.
  • Plus, depending on where the company is located legal issues may also be needed to take care of.