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Engaging ethical hackers for your company: Things to know

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Almost every other industry has been attacked by cybercriminals. Despite the best measures, malicious hackers seem to find new means and ways to attack systems and devices. One of the advanced steps that your company can consider is to engage the security community in an active way. 

Besides hiring cybersecurity experts to train your employees, you can hire ethical hackers to find security flaws and vulnerabilities that can be otherwise exploited by malicious hackers and cybercriminals. For instance, if you have video surveillance systems, you may seek inputs from services like IPVM to keep your cameras and recorders safe. Ethical hacking basically involves duplicating the work of real hackers. In this post, let’s discuss more on hiring ethical hackers for your company. 

Benefits at a glance

There are many reasons to engage ethical hackers. First and foremost, they can help you find flaws within your systems, so you can be more proactive and take necessary preventive and corrective measures in time. Secondly, it can help in proving your part, in case of a security breach. Authorities are likely to believe a business that has taken every possible step to address cybersecurity concerns. Many companies also hire ethical hackers for advice and to keep up with emerging cyber threats. These hackers can guide a business on how to do better with security measures, so that hacking attempts can be prevented. 

Many times, businesses are not even aware that their resources or networks have been hacked. With ethical hackers, you can find spyware, malware, and other kinds of threats, like trojans, which are otherwise undetected. 

How to get started?

There are two ways to hire ethical hackers. The first choice to run a bug bounty program, which is something many big brands are doing. This allows hackers to purposefully attempt hacking, and if they manage to find a flaw, they are paid. The second option is to engage a company that will hire ethical hackers on behalf of your company. The hackers will work under them, and you pay the company for their services. 

Final word

While small businesses may find it unnecessary to engage ethical hackers, it does matter to every company at some point. The cost of what you pay the security community is much lesser than what you will suffer in terms of losses, in case of a breach. Stay aware, get help, and make sure that you are aware of the best cybersecurity measures. 


Ivy Skye Marshall: Ivy, a social justice reporter, covers human rights issues, social movements, and stories of community resilience.