How can a hacker be ethical? It turns out that many companies hire these experts to purposefully hack systems in order to pinpoint problems in security measures before their less-ethical counterparts get the chance. You can even become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), a professional who’s tasked with network policy creation, intrusion detection and virus creation.
Why It’s a Job of the Future With a median salary of $92,200 per year, these moral intruders can lead a very comfortable life. But some worry that ethical hackers have the potential to go “rogue” and take their considerable skills over to the dark side, which may be why the job isn’t yet mainstream. Frey says that, in order for ethical hackers to ever be widely accepted, we need to officially distinguish between what is and isn’t ethical. For instance, does an ethical hacker have the right to distribute information that he accesses through his position? “This [privacy vs. transparency] debate won’t go away anytime soon,” Frey adds. “We need to establish ground rules.”