The Role of Ethical Hacking in Cybersecurity

28/10/2022

The term “hacker” has long been associated with negative connotations. When we think of hackers, we often think of individuals who use their technical skills for malicious purposes, such as stealing sensitive information or installing viruses on computer systems. 

Ethical hacking
It's no secret that the world of cybersecurity is becoming increasingly complex. As our reliance on technology grows, so do the threats that come with it. Ethical hacking is one area of cybersecurity that can be overlooked. By definition, it is the practice of using the same skills and techniques as malicious hackers, but with the permission of the system owner to find vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. 

In this blog, the aim is to explore the role of ethical hacking in cybersecurity, why it is important in the fight against cybercrime, and how our BSc (Hons) Computing degree at the University of Bolton that has been voted first for Student Satisfaction* can give you the knowledge and skills of the key principles to pursue a successful computing career.  

The Importance of Ethical Hacking 

Heard of Kevin Mitnick? Probably one of the most well-known ethical hackers, he is a prime example of a high-profile criminal hacker who was caught and arrested for his crimes, but who turned his life around after his release from prison in 1989. A change that saw him become a white hat ethical hacker in the year 2000 when he became a paid consultant. 

Ethical hacking plays a vital role in cybersecurity by helping organisations to identify and mitigate potential security risks. Helping businesses protect themselves before becoming victims of cybercrime.  

In many cases, the vulnerabilities that ethical hackers can find would usually go undetected by traditional security measures. This is because they are thinking like a hacker and are looking for ways to exploit weaknesses in systems. 

If there is one thing that can be agreed on in the modern world of computing, it’s the fact that it is essential to protect individuals and companies against cybercrime. Global companies like PayPal and TikTok are becoming aware of this as Windows and Android users are being targeted by hackers who are deliberately using misspelt domains; with the aim of trying to trick users into giving away private information that will help these criminals gain access to their accounts.  

Becoming an Ethical Hacker 

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is high, as the development in technology is creating more ways for hackers to gain access to personal accounts and data. To put the demand for workers into perspective, it was predicted that by this year, the demand for cybersecurity staff was predicted to outweigh the supply by around 1.8 million workers.  

If you’re someone with a passion for computers and you want to use your skills to create a positive effect on society, then ethical hacking is a career path in that you could thrive. There are just a couple of things you need to consider when thinking about how to get into this rewarding yet challenging industry: 

- You need a comprehensive understanding of computer science and networking  
- You will need to be aware of different programming languages and operating systems  

If this is something you find interesting, then there’s no better time to consider studying for a computing degree at the University of Bolton. Start your career journey towards a career that is in high demand all over the world!  

cybersecurityStudy BSc (Hons) Computing at Bolton 

Our team of supportive expert lecturers offer a module dedicated specifically to ethical hacking. This means that our students learn both the theoretical and practical skills underpinning computer forensic and cybersecurity activities, and develop problem-solving skills based on first principles to enable them to commence their careers as an effective cybersecurity and forensic practitioner. 

We are also proud to offer our students a practical learning experience, which is proved by 50% of the module assessment showing our strong links to businesses in the computing industry. This means that our students receive live briefs to work on in coursework assignments, offering them the real-world context and application they need to best prepare them for a long-lasting career in computing. 

Additionally, to boost our student’s employability, we provide them with the opportunity to study a number of different programming languages and approaches; which is a key skill of becoming a successful ethical hacker. Meaning that our students graduate with the skills and knowledge that top industry employers are looking for.  

At the University of Bolton, we are proud to be the university with the positive and supportive learning environment that prospective students are looking for. Committed to putting our students and their needs first, nothing is too much for us to ensure that they finish their Bolton journey with the best possible computing degree. 

If you wish to look at our course in more detail, please click here. You can also visit us by booking one of our upcoming Open Days. Come and see #UniAsItShouldBe in action! 

Have any questions? Contact us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on 01204 903807. 
  
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