What is Ethical Hacking and its relevance to Cybersecurity?

What issues does ethical hacking detect?

While evaluating the security of an organization’s IT asset(s), hacking intends to imitate an attacker. The underlying objective is to acquire data as much as possible.

Few major vulnerabilities detected by Ethical hackers are :

  • Injection attacks
  • Broken authentication
  • Security misconfigurations
  • Use of components with known vulnerabilities
  • Sensitive data disclosure
  • Ethical hackers prepare a detailed report once done with the testing which probably includes measures to compromise the discovered vulnerabilities and steps to patch them.

Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking

There is a lot of confusion between these two terms: Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security. Cyber Security is a broad term where different computer security mechanisms are incorporated, and Ethical Hacking is one of them.

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