Hackers (or bad guys) try to compromise/attack computer systems, While ethical hackers (or good guys) protect computer systems against cyber attacks.The term Ethical hacking also known as white-hat hacking, includes some tools, tricks, and techniques that hackers can use, but it has one major difference: Ethical hacking is legal. Ethical hacking is performed with the target’s (clients’) permission.
The purpose of ethical hacking is to find out vulnerabilities in a system from a hacker’s viewpoint, so that systems can be secured. It also ensures that vendors’ claims about the security of their products are legitimate.
An ethical hacker possesses/commands/obtains/belongs to the skills, mindset, and tools of a hacker but is also trustworthy. Ethical hackers perform the hacking as security tests for their systems against cyber attacks.
Today information Technology involves more than just computer literacy.The rapid and dramatic advances in information technology (IT) in recent years have generated tremendous benefits.
However, they have created significant and unprecedented risks too. During last five years, there has been a drastic increase in the ratio of hacking crimes, data thefts, viruses and other cyber crimes. These have become a latest buzzword amongstudents and entrepreneurs.