As Businesses are Running Online, Ethical Hacking is a Probable option to Prevent Data Loss. Writes Sarita Digumarti

As companies worldwide are trying to navigate through uncharted waters, the challenges are no longer limited to ensure seamless business operations, but also to safeguard them from increasing cyber threats. The ongoing pandemic has slowed down economies on one hand and has also accelerated the pace of cyber-attacks on the other hand. According to Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd.’s recent 2021 ‘Cyber trends’ report, global cyber-attacks have increased by 29%, along with a 93% surge in ransomware attacks in the last six months of 2021. The cyberattacks on Air India compromised India’s flagship airline’s confidential customer information such as passport details, travel information, and credit card data of more than 4.5 million customers can undoubtedly be called one of the biggest cyberattacks of 2021. This shows that cyberattacks are moving fast, exploiting the ongoing pandemic and the new normal of remote working. Cyber-attacks will continue to advance as malware developers continue to fine-tune and expand their attack techniques. Organizations are under increasing pressure to defend themselves and their customers from these increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Protecting systems

To be able to protect an organization from hackers, businesses need to think like one. This is where ethical hackers come into play. As you may already know, they are certified professionals who use their hacking skills (in an ethical manner) to keep an organization’s networks, systems, and information safe. They run penetration tests to bypass the organization’s network security to detect vulnerabilities and ensure   

Its information and systems are secured by fixing them.

Here is what ethical hackers do for your organization’s safety from cyber-attacks:

The organization’s trying to save themselves from cyber threats are hiring skilled ethical hackers

Establish a strong network

Having an ethical hacking team as part of your organization reduces the risk of data breaches. They do so by setting up a computer server with integrated security systems. In addition to having extensive knowledge of various networks, ethical hackers are familiar with their development and can build a system that is rapid, accessible, and tough to attack.

Learning about secure usage

According to cybint’s report, 95% of cyber breaches are caused by human error. Proficient ethical hackers know precisely what activities by employees can expose vulnerabilities to hackers and they know how to prevent them. This allows them to educate employees on what to conduct and what not to conduct when using the company systems and sharing information all over the internet. A well-informed and educated workforce can protect an organisation information from cyber-attacks by avoiding faults before they emerge.

Facilitates Safe Cloud Transition

With the continued trend of remote working, cloud adoption by businesses rose to 80% during the first half of the financial year 2021, as stated by NASSCOM. Owing to their expertise in modern technologies, such as cloud and IOT, ethical hackers can develop sophisticated network infrastructure with extreme caution making the system secure against external assault. This will enable organizations to migrate swiftly, store its and client’s data, and leverage other benefits of the cloud without compromising security.

Cyber security skills are important

A data breach can cost an organization a large sum of money. As of last year, the average cost of a data breach is USD 3.86 million, stated by IBM. However, a company with a team of expert ethical hackers who can detect potential hacking points and fix them before a crime occurs can save money and remain profitable. Along with hiring proficient cyber security professionals the need for training and equipping the existing workforce with cyber-security skills has become imperative for organizations.

Demand for skilled professionals

Building a team of proficient ethical hackers and training the existing workforce in cyber security is the most significant weapon in an organization’s arsenal against cyber threats. Therefore, they must choose the proper corporate up-skilling partners who can understand its talent transformation needs and offer customized cyber-security learning interventions.

(The author is COO& co-founder, Jigsaw Academy, a part of next Learning) 


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