OCCUPATION THESAURUS

ETHICAL HACKER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
Ethical hackers are professionals who are employed to deliberately break into a customer’s network or system to determine security vulnerabilities and offer solutions. Also called a “white hat hacker,” these individuals apply the same techniques and methods that malicious hackers use, but their intent is not malicious. Rather, they seek to shore up potential issues to keep the bad guys out. Ethical hackers may work as independent contractors or be part of a security firm.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Training requirements vary from job to job. Because of the security risks, many employers require that their hackers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or another related field. They also may want anyone they hire to be certified in one of the main IT security certifications.

While it’s possible to become an ethical hacker without any formal training, getting hired can be difficult. This occupation is legit and in demand, but many people view the field suspiciously, believing that ethical hackers are simply bad hackers turned good. For an employer to put their company’s security into the hands of a stranger, they need to be able to trust that person. Many times, a degree or certification (as well as legitimate references) can be enough to convince them.

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