Jobs in the cyber security market are on a steady incline with the increase in internet usage worldwide together with the demand for a skilled workforce to accommodate this trend. If you’re technically inclined and willing to work hard, something in information security could well be a practical career path for you. Ethical hacking may seem daunting at first, but as the white hats of the cyber world they are the good guys who commit themselves to learning about vulnerabilities and exploits to help protect the world from the dangers of the internet.
The IT world is filled with many complex problems waiting to be solved and if this situation excites you, then you may very well already be an ethical hacker at heart. A prominent characteristic that an ethical hacker possesses is the innate curiosity that keeps them interested in always learning new things. F-Secure’s principal security consultant Tom Van de Wiele shares a few tips on what it takes to break into the field as an ethical hacker or security consultant:
- Read books, magazines, articles, and blog posts. Don’t get hung up on one book, publication or author. Constant learning and research will keep you up-to-date with what to look out for and stay one-step-ahead.
- Sharpen your communication and presentation skills. Not only do you need to be technically inclined, but also to be able to explain why your discovery may deem to be a legitimate problem and the solutions for it. Proficiency in English in written and spoken form on a technical and executive level is very important.
- Learn how to take apart and reverse engineer software and hardware. Find your own vulnerabilities and understand how they work. This will help you to understand what it is you are doing and to understand the vulnerabilities that you will come across.
It is very important what you do with the information that you have acquired. Ethical hacking is all about helping the global village we all partake in and making the internet a safer place. Sharing your knowledge with the online community is a good way to pay-it-forward and puts the “ethical” into hacking.