Tech Industry Easy Target For Hackers

In a bid to tighten up cyber defences, organisations can hire ‘ethical hackers’ to infiltrate their systems and simulate an attack.

This method of hacking can have a positive effect as organisations are aware how easy it is for a cyber criminal to access their systems, and what solutions can be implemented. It can also reveal which sectors have the weakest cyber defences and are therefore a tempting target for cyber criminals.

‘The 2020 Hacker Report’ produced by pen test and bug bounty platform HackerOne, revealed that the technology industry is the most easiest for hackers to infiltrate, because it’s the least secure.

The report details that it collected data from more than 3,150 individuals who have successfully reported one or more valid security vulnerabilities in the previous 12 months.

Scarily, the three sectors we’d all like to hope have tip top defences, were revealed in the report to be the ones who required the most improvement.

18% of those polled in the report said the tech industry needed to do the most to up their cyber security. This was followed by the government and financial sectors with 16% and 14% respectively.

Surprisingly, after what seems like numerous data breaches in the travel and hospitality sector, the report revealed that this was the sector that needed the least amount of cyber security improvement.

When we think of hackers, we may think of criminal organisations, in a dark room typing rapidly on a computer looking at various lines of code. Criminal hackers we always worry will walk away with thousands of pounds if they infiltrate our systems which can be a huge blow.

However, the popularity of ethical hacking is increasing. According to the report, in 2019 ethical hackers earned over £77,000 from bug bounties and the number of hackers has doubled in size in the past 12 months. There is now said to be over 600,000 ethical hackers out their in our communities.

Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne, said:

“Hackers present a global force for good, coming together to help address the growing security needs of our increasingly interconnected society.

“The community welcomes all who enjoy the intellectual challenge to creatively overcome limitations. Their reasons for hacking may vary, but the results are consistently impressing the growing ranks of organisations embracing hackers through crowdsourced security – leaving us all a lot safer than before.”

Would you ever consider employing an ethical hacker to help you up your cyber security defences?