Ethical Hacking: Myth v/s Reality

The concept of ethical hacking is more mature in the developed countries like USA and UK, however, in India, hacking is still largely seen in a negative shade. However, with the rising awareness and the rise in bug bounty programs, ethical hacking is gaining momentum in the country. In the wake of large scale data breaches, enterprises today are willing to conduct third party security analysis. The private sector companies are more open for the third party security analysis, while the companies in the PSU sector are still reluctant to go for a third party security check. The demand for ethical hackers is on high in sectors like banking, finance, retail, etc., which are on the top of the list of cyber crooks. Hence, there is a definite scope for ethical hackers in the coming years. 

“A need for qualified cyber security professionals is becoming challenging for enterprises. Enterprises cannot have an in-house army of cyber security specialists. BFSI, retail, manufacturing, healthcare companies are willing to outsource some of the specialized functions with clear deliverables to third party security analysts. And are looking for experts rather than building an army of cyber security professionals”, said Ashish Thapar, Managing Principal – Investigative Response at Verizon Enterprise Solutions. 

Outsourcing ethical hacking is a convenient way for organizations to get an unbiased third-party perspective of their security architecture. However, the role of ethical hackers today is not restricted only to analysis of cyber security preparedness of establishments. Going one step ahead, also work as a consultant to various organizations and assist them defining their security frameworks.

“It requires passion and an urge for continuous learning in the field of cyber security. There is a lot of scope in understanding the area of ethical hacking as it is a vast ocean of hardware, software, applications, etc. India has a potential to serve as a cyber security services hub to the world