Ethical Hacker / IT Security Professional
— Kevin Mitnick, Computer Security Consultant, Author, Convicted Criminal, Hacker
Here's what we at mapmytalent know about Ethical Hacking as a career.
With the penetration of internet, cyber crime has also seen a marked increase. We keep hearing about websites that were hacked, data was stolen from websites and many targeted virus attacks took place. This has lead to a boom in career related to security of the information technology system of organisations.
IT security professionals/ ethical hackers are employed by organisations to protect their computer network. They are entrusted with the work of making a computer system that is secure from malicious hacking.
IT security professionals, who are essentially system and networking experts, are needed to protect the IT system so that no one can penetrate the network and prevent any harmful attack on it. Ethical hacker does just the opposite, he/she attacks a network of computers, penetrates but with the intention of helping the network administrator to make the system secure. Ethical hackers test the security system, report problems and help in making the system more secure.
They work in networking or the security domain. Should be comfortable with many types of operating systems and should be able to work in all kinds of IT environments.