Career outlook for ethical hacker
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You’d be employed to protect networks and computers from attacks from unethical hackers, who illegally access computers with the intention of accessing confidential information.
Delivering security testing using advanced software, you’d attempt to ‘penetrate’ a company’s systems in much the same way as a hacker – with the goal of uncovering any weak areas in the system.
- Find and suggest patches for weaknesses in the system
- Ensure that the system is firewalled
- Put security protocols in place
Conducting advanced penetration tests, you’d need to be familiar with the company’s infrastructure and would have the ability to assess the risks to the organisation, inserting measures to control vulnerable areas.
By simulating breaches to network security and developing measures to lock down risks, you'd ensure that confidential, financial or reputational damage information wouldn't fall into the wrong hands.
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