Hackers Are in High DemandAdded: Monday, November 18th, 2013
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A few weeks ago, the UK Defense Secretary mentioned that hackers with a criminal past might be hired to serve in a new military cyber force. This stance may have surprised many, but it actually points to an important recent shift where governments and companies were increasingly trying to use hackers and their associated skills to improve security, fight crime and even develop competitive advantage.
Today, if you look into the heart of any successful information security organization, you will find hackers, because they have become highly cherished commodities throughout the mainstream. In fact, it took businesses and governments too long to realize this untapped resource, all due to a combination of negative PR and a fundamental lack of understanding about hacker’s incentives.
Originally, a hacker was a technical wizard interested in exploring electronic systems and living by a strict ethical code which forbade them from harming those systems. But those hackers were later replaced by a younger, more reckless generation of crackers, whose aim was to break security and show they were better than the others. They were called “blackhats” and looked to financially motivated crime, being prolific at pirating software, stealing phone access, and even credit card fraud. As a result, being labeled a “hacker” automatically made bright young people unemployable. As such, a candidate with unparalleled expertise in IT but no qualifications or higher education to justify their skills ended up perceived as unsuitable for any position.
Only a small group of hackers found jobs in roles that demonstrated their true value – they were the ones who managed to change the mainstream view of what a hacker could be. For instance, the US government had early exposure to hackers when a hacker group L0pht testified in front of the Senate in 1998. Perhaps, this is why the American government is now so advanced in the integration of hackers into cyber defense and other critical parts of the country's military program.
Today the world offers many possibilities, and businesses start realizing that hackers could play a pivotal role in shaping their cyber future. They are perceived as technical geniuses who like to explore the technical world and change it as they like in a non-destructive way. So, modern hackers are in high demand – governments see hackers as valuable assets in fighting sophisticated cyber-criminals, while businesses see them as the front-line against complex cyber threats.
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Monday, November 18th, 2013
its about time
its about time
|posted by (2013-11-18 23:09:47)|
|Much to learn about politics in this.|
|So when its politically expedient its ok to be a hacker when the government want to recruit you to do unethical things on their behalf in intruding on others privacy and penetrating their security,but if you do it without their sanction you are a criminal.I am sure Laurie Love and his accomplices and dozens of others currently on charges for misuse of the communications act and awaiting jail are pleased that the title of Hacker is now acceptable and that they are all in demand by the powers that be for employment after the Man has finished prosecuting and incarcerating them.It`s alright to be a hacker as long as you work for us is the message from the NSA and GCHQ.|
|Someone really needs to define the types of hackers from Black to white for the people that report these things since every security analyst,every engineer,every programmer and developer use workarounds or hack at one point or another and so all should be in demand the only ones we are told are in demand are black hats, the nefarious ones who do nasty stuff to millions of computers as with the introduction of worms or corrupted payloads or who intrude on others systems the latter are those currently in demand obviously,now wait for the penny to drop and see the next generation of engineers and programmers start to hack the NSA and GCHQ etc just to prove they can to better the so-called hackers employed by the NSA,I am still awaiting a true hero of the people to logic bomb the NSA`s mainframe now that would be a worthy feat on behalf of all.|
|As always, When we do it its wrong, When they do it its OK.@6 great last statement|
|Again why are people treating this and reacting to this as if it is something new... This has been practiced as far back as I can remember... Hell in Atlanta you only see billboards pop up everywhere advertising schools to learn how to hack and get paid and be recruited by big companies to aid them in security and other things.. There was a 16 year old that hacked into the White House and was recruited by the D.o.D and paid millions of dollars to hack different installations in Washington DC including the White House. I know someone who gets paid to test different attacks on an Online Colleges system.|
|Long live Kevin Mitnick...|
|posted by (2013-11-20 19:58:30)|
|Many,many people have hacked the Pentagon,NSA and CIA etc over the years and some have had contracts and financial remuneration to shore up their defenses rather than going to jail for such,security analysts and penetration testing is perfectly acceptable as is securing programs to be used online etc,what is unacceptable is to use such intrusions to spy on Joe public and to data mine those that you are supposed to be serving against the laws of the land and constitution for the benefit of individuals in the corporate sector against the electorate who you are supposed to serve and protect,something Bill Binney quite rightly refused to do when he left the NSA in 2001.||
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