Why India Needs More Ethical Hackers

Anand Prakash, a product security engineer at FlipKart, recently won a whopping USD 15000 for reporting major security flaws in Facebook, Twitter and many other companies. Not just Anand, many qualified technocrats are entering into ethical hacking space with an aim to make it as a full-time profession. Today, there is a huge demand for ethical hackers in the market, who can not only safeguard the enterprises from organized cybercrime groups but assist them to assess their cyber security preparedness. While countries such as the USA and UK are far ahead in utilizing ethical hackers in a best way, countries like India is yet to change its perspective about the concept of white hat hackers. 

According to Data Security Council of India, the cyber security market is expected to grow to USD 35 billion by 2025. A report by NASSCOM states that the country needs at least one million skilled people by 2020. These figures are clear indication that the country has a huge scarcity of qualified cyber security professionals and the need is going to become severe with cyber criminals increasingly targeting enterprises and government establishments. 

Scope Of Ethical Hacking 

With the growing number of threats, it is becoming difficult for companies to protect their critical data and systems from the external threats. This has created a huge demand for ethical hackers who can help them in securing their operations and offer them a third person view of their security systems. Ethical hacking is the process of trying to break into a company’s security system and expose the loop holes, with their permission. Ethical hackers use a series of tests such as penetration testing, vulnerability testing, etc. to understand the integrity and confidentiality of the company’s data. They also test for the accessibility and availability of the information. 

“In the wake of digital transformation, cyber security has become a major issue and hence, more and more companies are hiring specialists of ethical hacking to protect themselves from cyber criminals. If you compare the industry to what it was a decade back, things look much more positive now. Banks, financial institutions are hiring a white hat or ethical hackers to protect their systems, networks, applications and more”, said Rahul Tyagi, VP – Training, Lucideus.

While automation is axing jobs of lower end and mid-level engineers worldwide, cyber security is a stream which has remained unaffected. Due to high demand, the average starting salary for ethical hackers ranges from average INR 4 lakh to INR 5 lakh. MNCs are ready to offer even more handsome incentives to professional cyber security agencies. Hence, ethical hacking is emerging not as a growing but also a money making career for youngsters who are willing to get into the cyberspace.