Every day more and more computer networks are coming under attack and day by day those attacks are getting stronger.
When most companies try to defend their networks they are always on the defensive side of the pitch.
Although defense wins Superbowls, it does not cut it in the world of cyber security – it is the equivalent of putting a band aid on the person instead of them getting surgery.
There needs to be new ways that a company can defend their networks from outside attacks.
Power And Money
One way that is proving to be successful is to hire reformed (and possibly criminal) black hat hackers to defend the company’s networks.
Yes, there is a level of danger when someone does this but when it works, it really does seem to be the right solution.
Back in the days, when a hacker would cross the dark line and become a black hat hacker, it would be because of the problem sets that were on the illegal side of the line.
The problem sets on the dark side would seem more interesting to the person but they also got to feel a level of power as well.
Now when a black hat hacker steps over that same line they do it for financial motivation for the most part.
Due to the rise of interesting open source projects and more people hiring for software jobs, there are interesting legal problems that they can conquer.
But the allure of quick money is just too much for many of these people to pass up.
Black hat hackers used to have a code like many other criminals.
Now, for many, there is no code and it is all about how much money they can get.
Jobs For Hackers
But the first time that a lot of these people get into trouble with the law as an adult, they suddenly decide to change their ways.
Not all of them of course, but most of them that participate in this activity.
Most people did it as a youth and they saw that they could make easy money but easy money doesn’t look too good when you have a possibility of facing prison.
So your company can use this to your advantage and hire one of these smart young adults to work for you.
Who would know the mind of a hacker better than them?
Somebody who has the natural skills to be a world class hacker and someone who has to be trained to be one are in two different leagues.
Having one who has turned away from the dark side to be with the good guys might be a good catch.
Hiring someone like this should not be done lightly.
There should be someone watching this person for a long probationary period.
Even though you are giving this person a second chance does not mean that you should give them one hundred percent trust just yet.
There is no reason to be foolish about this.
If they keep clean for a long time and they do good work, then you might have really found a winner.