With the rise in cybercrimes, security in the cloud has become an intriguing subject for cybersecurity experts and IT professionals. Eventually, ethical hacking has found its way into the cloud computing domain. Experts are figuring out how to use ethical hacking principles to curb security issues in the cloud and aid in forensic investigations.
Certainly, the cloud offers numerous benefits like high productivity, low costs, increased scalability, and better availability. But when a third party, i.e. a cloud provider or vendor handles an organization’s data, there is always a threat to its security and privacy. For instance, the data transfer from the cloud provider to the cloud user creates new vulnerable paths for a malicious hacker thereby creating fresh cloud cyber threats and security issues.
This article gives insights into ethical hacking and how it can be beneficial to pursue as a career.
What is Ethical Hacking?
To understand the meaning of ethical hacking, let’s first understand what is hacking.
Hacking is a process of discovering and exploiting any weaknesses or vulnerabilities in a network, system or any internet-enabled device. It is unauthorized access to the resources, systems and data, within any computer network, for illicit purposes. For example, a hacker can initiate illegal electronic funds transfer by gaining unauthorized access to a bank’s network.
Ethical Hacking, on the contrary, is a deliberate intrusion into a network or system to discover potential vulnerabilities or threats. It is performed to reveal any possible weaknesses in the system before a malicious hacker finds it and causes huge loss of data, business and capital.