“Ethical hacking” – is the term an oxymoron, or is it one of today’s necessities in the fight against cybercrime? Jay Bavisi, president and co-founder of the EC Council, feels strongly about why we need ethical hackers more today than ever before.
“Many people misunderstand what ethical hacking is,” says Bavisi, who co-founded the EC Council in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“I was bombarded by the U.S. media for coming up with such a stupid term as ‘ethical hacking,'” he recalls of the council’s early days. “They said it was an oxymoron, that ethical hacking doesn’t exist …”
In layman’s terms, Bavisi says, an ethical hacker is simply a bodyguard. “But instead of a human bodyguard, an ethical hacker is a computer bodyguard. Their job is to sit there and figure out: If a hacker were to attack a system, how would they do it, and they’re trying to figure out how to protect your systems – if your systems have been sufficiently protected.”
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