Threat and Vulnerability Management

Testing the waters: The value of ethical hacking for business

Navigating the challenges of cybersecurity can be daunting for even the most prepared of organizations. As Jamie Woodruff, an ethical hacker, said in a presentation at Vibrant Digital Future: “Your infrastructure is only as strong as your weakest employee. From hacking and cracking to social engineering, every team member within your organization is a risk that needs to be managed.”

Paul Farrington, Manager: EMEA Solution Architects at CA Veracode, says that, with the 2017 State of Software Security report demonstrating that 77 percent of applications have at least one vulnerability on initial scan, it is not surprising that large organizations, such as Google and Apple, are setting up their own bug bounty programs, which employ or incentivize ethical hackers to find vulnerabilities in their software applications.

Ethical hackers or penetration testers, like Woodruff, can work with businesses to highlight the pitfalls and possibilities, run penetration testing, and generally help keep them and their data safe. With cybersecurity skills gaps and shortages continuing to impact the sector, bringing in external skills to test systems makes sense.

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Bianca Wright

Bianca Wright is a UK-based freelance business and technology writer, who has written for publications in the UK, the US, Australia and South Africa. She holds an MPhil in science and technology journalism and a DPhil in Media Studies.

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