Black hats can benefit firms, but precautions needed

    Date17 Aug 2011
    CategoryLatest News
    Posted ByAlex
    Reformed hackers bring another dimension of expertise to organizations, according to a security professional, but necessary precautions must be taken in hiring black hats as corporate reputation and sensitive information are at stake. Experience or knowing "the tricks of the trade", and low cost are key reasons why organizations would hire black hats--or hackers who exploit vulnerabilities in software and systems--to combat cybercrime, said Eric Chan, regional technical manager for Southeast Asia and Hong Kong at Fortinet.

    "A good hacker loves the challenge of finding vulnerabilities in networks and systems, and spends countless hours perfecting his craft and is hence competent at this role," Chan explained in an e-mail interview. "They could also be cheap to hire [compared to] computer science PhD holders."

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