Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 

16 - 17 April 2015 

The Hague, The Netherlands

Global Conference on CyberSpace 

16 - 17 April 2015


Keep your friends close, but your ethical hackers closer

One of the main themes within the security track of the GCCS215 is Ethical Hacking. A session on this intriguing topic takes place on April 17, 11.15-12.45

What is Ethical Hacking?

Keeping our cyber domain safe is a constant and evolving challenge. The threats and vulnerabilities we face today are increasingly hard to detect and address. As a result, businesses, but also governments, often employ white hat or ethical hackers to help probe and improve the security of their systems and networks. These ethical hackers are systematically testing or penetrating computer systems or networks for the purpose of finding security vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker (or black hat hacker) could potentially exploit. Rather than take advantage of the vulnerabilities found, ethical hackers document them and provide actionable advice on how to fix them so the overall security can be improved. Ethical hacking is sometimes done on behalf of the owners of the systems or networks involved, but is also done by “uninvited” hackers. In the latter case hacking is not automatically considered black or white but seen in various shades of grey…

Why put Ethical Hacking on the GCCS2015 agenda?

In recent years ethical hacking has become a powerful strategy in the fight against cyber threats. Nevertheless, hacking as an activity is still considered as malicious, illegal, or immoral. No wonder that ethical hacking is often seen as an oxymoron: how can a disruptive and destructive hacker ever lay claim to a code of ethics?

By putting ethical hacking on the agenda, the GCCS2015 brings the various questions surrounding the topic to the table. By bringing together different stakeholders, new and inspiring solutions for cyber security challenges are explored.

Watch the livestream from 11.15-12.45 to view the discussion with government representatives, companies, and hackers.

What is ethical hacking? Watch the video here: