Incidents of online attacks are increasing day by day. Previously no such attention was paid. After the incident with Wannacry 2017, where hackers disabled the systems of many organizations, has begun to be more concerned.
The most alarming is that as time passes, the attackers are evolving their methods more and more. Indeed, they are not only using technology but also psychologically. Phising emails try to persuade people to do something presenting a very important or dangerous issue. So they draw the attention of the victims. These emails can be very convincing. Even big companies like the Facebook and Google, have been deceived.
With this in mind, there is a perception that there is a need for specialist security professionals. However, it seems that existing experts are not enough. There are 3 millions of places worldwide that have not been covered.
There are some who could fill these positions. The hackers. When we hear this word, our mind goes to evil. We think hackers are always engaged in criminal activities. Most people can not imagine a hacker could work for system protection and security.
The word hacker has lost its original meaning, which refers to someone who uses technology to solve a problem in an innovative way.
Hacking communities organize meetings and events. One of the most important events is DEFCON, which is held each year in Las Vegas and gathers about 20.000 people. These communities and hacking events are an important source of information for young people who want to deal with hacking.
Typically, these events exchange information and knowledge. Advice is given on how to handle different technical hurdles in the hacking process. Assistance is provided to those in difficulty. All this shows that there is a willingness to learn things.
One of the characteristics of hacking communities is passion and desire to overcome obstacles.
Apart from the technical issues, however, events also have a social dimension. The individuals involved acquire an identity, learn which behaviors are acceptable and which not, as well as moral and legal issues about hacking.
Hacking is not always negative. There is, for example, the so-called ethical hacking, in which someone hacks the systems to identify and correct potential vulnerabilities that malicious hackers can use for malicious purposes.
According to one survey, most hackers belonging to communities have no bad purpose. However, they believe they have to bring them to light vulnerabilities, in order to take measures to deal with them. This is very useful for companies and organizations, especially for those who handle customer data.
Several large and well-known companies offer hackers money to identify and report weaknesses that were previously not detected in their systems.
Of course, online criminal activities are becoming more common and sometimes new ethical hackers may be dragged into illegal activities, even if they do so because they are really interested in detecting the vulnerabilities of a system.
Whatever the situation and the beliefs that prevail for hackers do Companies to doubt and not to cooperate with people who really could help them and fill the vacancies in the security field.
We need to break down stereotypes and promote collaboration with young people and hacker communities in order to harness their passion and skills for dealing with cyber threats.