Overview for Ethical Hacking: An Introduction
The explosive growth of the Internet has brought many good things: electronic commerce, easy access to vast stores of reference material, collaborative computing, e-mail, and new avenues for advertising and information distribution, to name a few. As with most technological advances, there is also a dark side: criminal hackers. Governments, companies, and private citizens around the world are anxious to be a part of this revolution, but they are afraid that some hacker will break into their Web server and replace their logo with pornography, read their e-mail, steal their credit card number or implant software that will secretly transmit their data to the open Internet. These concerns and others gave birth to a new security paradigm called â€˜Ethical Hackingâ€™. â€˜Ethical Hackingâ€™ involves getting oneâ€™s own system hacked by independent computer security professionals (Internal or External) to assess its security strength. â€˜Ethical Hackersâ€™ would employ the same tools and techniques as the intruders would, not to damage the system or steal information. Instead, they evaluate the target systemsâ€™ security and report the vulnerabilities they found to their owners and also assist in fixing such vulnerabilities. Many organizations have realized that â€˜Ethical hackingâ€™ is one of the best ways to evaluate the intruder threat. Ethical hacking is becoming a preferred approach among security-intensive businesses. Such as financial services, retailing companies and entities handing sensitive customer data or personal medical records etc. Ethical hacking forms a part of the overall information security strategy for many proactive organizations. This book presents a holistic view of this emerging concept, focusing on security threats, types and issues of â€˜Ethical Hackingâ€™ suitable for management as well as technical readers.
Ravi Kumar Jain B (Editor)
Ravi Kumar Jain B holds an MBA (Finance) from Osmania University, Hyderabad and PGDOTM (E-commerce and EDI) from AIMA, New Delhi. He has worked as an assistant professor in a reputed B-school for four years in Hyderabad. Presently, he is working as a faculty member at ICFAI Books, a division of the ICFAI University Press. He has presented several research papers in national and international conferences in India and abroad. Many of his articles were published in reputed refereed journals. He has received 'Researcher of the Year' award from the Vice President of India, for the best contribution in an international conference on Enhancing Global Business Competitiveness in November 2004, at New Delhi. His areas of interest include outsourcing, e-commerce, strategic management, technology in business and topics of national interest.