Ethical hacking, also known as penetration testing or white hat hacking, is the concept of intentionally making an attempt to intrude or penetrate an organization’s IT environment to determine if there are any threats or vulnerabilities that a malicious attacker could find. This testing is typically performed by an ethical computer hacker or computer security expert that specializes in IT testing and security.
As part of ethical hacking, the following tasks are typically performed:
- Scan an organization’s systems to locate open ports that can be attacked
- Search for digital trash cans where passwords, chat messages, and other critical information might be found
- Make sure all software patches are current
- Attempt to evade firewalls, honeypots, and intrusion systems to make sure they are functioning properly
- Search for hijacked web servers and applications, cracked wireless encryptions, and sniffing networks, and make repairs if necessary
- Determine if any online employee fraud or theft of hardware is occurring
Technical Framework provides ethical hacking services to assist organizations find and repair vulnerabilities in their systems. This is done with the express written consent of an organization, and a written report of the findings is provided to the organization.