Ethical Hacking? Can It Be Considered Ethical?

Ethical Hacking? Can It Be Considered Ethical?

I’ve always been interested in the world of hacking. I remember watching Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller in “Hackers” (which is a great movie by the way) and wondering if I could do that.  I guess that’s just my curious nature. I’m always wanting to learn new things and how they work. However, never in my wildest dreams did I think that hacking would/could be a profession offered to the general public. It has always been a topic that you know about, but don’t talk about. Recently the term “hacking” has been used as a good career move. A career in hacking? Yes! Careers in Ethical Hacking are now being offered, and it is seen as one of the major up and coming careers. For all the bad hackers out there, you need a good hacker. That’s where a degree in Ethical Hacking comes in. Companies are fighting hackers with hackers. Now a lot of people are saying, “how can hacking be consider ethical?” Some say it’s a contradiction such as Marcus J. Ranum who said:

“There’s no such thing as an ‘ethical hacker’ – that’s like saying ‘ethical rapist’ – it’s a contradiction in terms.”

While I find it an interesting field, I think that it can be considered ethical if the skills are in the right hands. When trained properly, these ethical hackers can stop dangerous hackers from uploading viruses, finding software vulnerabilities, stealing people’s personal data, etc.

If you’re like me, and interested in a hacking career, be sure to check out this article, then get your degree. Who knows, maybe you’re the next Dade Murphy (that’s Jonny Lee Miller’s character in “Hackers” if you’ve never seen it).

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avatar RON: A geek who works in the Graphic Design field and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the primary site designer for Geek Trio. He is also an avid comic and sci-fi geek. Ron brings his sense of humor and a unique viewpoint to the podcast.