At first glance, the term “ethical hacking” may seem like an oxymoron. That’s because criminal “hacker” has become a pejorative that’s closely tied to the bad guys — black hat threat actors looking to steal or corrupt data or other assets within digital reach.

The truth is, there are plenty of good guys in the hacking business: professional penetration testers whose job it is to poke holes in a client’s system for insights on how to make systems more secure.  Let’s take a closer look at how ethical hacking is indeed a valuable activity — assuming it’s done right.

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