As I was browsing through the interwebs I came across an interesting term in one of those online training bundles.
This 12-course bundle will teach you how to be an ethical hacker for $39
Ethical hacker? Is it even possible to learn enough in a 12-course package to become a hacker, ethical or otherwise?
This particular deal came from Computerworld so they get a cut if you sign up to become an ethical hacker, but what caught my eye was the term– ethical hacker– and another time-honored phrase twisted somewhat to cover the new age of cyber warfare:
The best way to prevent cybersecurity attacks is by fighting fire with fire.
$39 doesn’t seem like much, does it?
As an ethical hacker, you can make a living by exploiting cybersecurity vulnerabilities
Whose vulnerabilities? Other hackers? Attackers? Co-workers? The NSA? KFC?
It seems like there’s a new data breach every month, and as hackers ramp up their efforts to steal our private info, it’s only natural to feel afraid. What can you do to fight back?
Maybe I don’t fully appreciate the breadth and depth of the term hacker.
A computer hacker is any skilled computer expert that uses their technical knowledge to overcome a problem. While “hacker” can refer to any skilled computer programmer, the term has become associated in popular culture with a “security hacker”, someone who, with their technical knowledge, uses bugs or exploits to break into computer systems.
There we go. The definition is broader and deeper than expected or commonly understood. Hackers can be good guys, too.
Good guy hacker can be translated as ethical hacker.
In essence, an ethical hacker is an IT professional who specializes in cybersecurity, and the best way to land a gig as an ethical hacker is with an IT certification.
That seems like a pretty good gig if all it costs is $39. From that I Googled “how long does it take to become a hacker?”
That will get you more courses on how to become an ethical hacker. Ethics must be all the rage these days. As to how long it will take, the answer is somewhat similar to “How long will it take to swim across the ocean?”
$39 just seems wrong, though.