Introduction to Ethical Hacking
In This Chapter
Differentiating between ethical hackers and malicious attackers
Understanding hackers’ and malicious users’ objectives
Examining how the ethical hacking process came about
Understanding the dangers that your computer systems face
Starting to use the ethical hacking process
This book is about hacking ethically — the methodology of testing your computers and networks for security vulnerabilities and plugging the holes you find before the bad guys get a chance to exploit them.
Although ethical is an often overused and misunderstood word, Webster’s New World Dictionary defines ethical perfectly for the context of this book and the professional security testing techniques that I cover — that is, “conforming to the standards of conduct of a given profession or group.” IT and information security practitioners are obligated to perform the tests covered in this book aboveboard and only after permission has been obtained by the owner(s) ...