What's it Take to Be an Ethical Hacker?

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What do you think of when you hear the term “hacker”?

If you immediately envision a mysterious figure out to illegally access and compromise systems with the intent to wreak havoc or exploit information for personal gain, you’re not alone.

While the term “hacker” was originally used within the security community to refer to someone skilled in computer programming and network security, it has since evolved to become synonymous with “cyber criminal,” a change in perception largely due to portrayals in movies and in the media.

As such, the cyber community has developed several terms to differentiate malicious, illegal hackers (known as “black hat hackers”) from other cyber risk and programming professionals without malicious intent.



Read on to learn more about ethical hackers, or jump to our infographic to learn how to become one yourself.

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