The 7 steps of ethical hacking

To beat hackers at their own game, you need to think like them. They’re going to probe your software systems to find security vulnerabilities; you need to do this too. 

But … how?

If you’re like most people, you struggle to understand how attackers think, how they operate and how they break systems. Worst of all, you may struggle to know what to do about it.

Believe it or not, there’s a method to the madness, and I’m going to show you exactly what it is.  

Step one: Hire an external security partner

Your first step is to hire an external security partner to do the hacking. You might think “we can handle this in-house,” but your ethical hackers offer several unique benefits. 

You want complete independence. An external expert provides an unbiased view; they’ll tell you exactly how it is, even if it isn’t what you want to hear. They didn’t build your code, so they have no attachment to it. 

By hiring an external partner, you capitalize on subject matter expertise that you probably don’t have in-house. You get both the breadth and depth that come with a diverse team of experts, which most companies don’t staff in-house. And

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