We have to Learn & Teach Ethical Hacking

Thinking like criminals : Courses need to be more vocational, something that unfortunately many academics and research funding organizations look askance at. But it’s what’s made our ethical hacking degree so successful: students don’t just study theory, which of course is important, but conduct practical operations in a closed computer network lab, where the course focuses on getting the students to think practically and creatively in developing their experimentation skills. They need to learn to think how hackers think. We get them to look for a system’s vulnerabilities, and to try and exploit any weaknesses they find by using their practical programming skills to test things out.
The world is already short of computer security experts, but by 2017 that shortfall is going to have reached about two million. Criminal hackers cause damage running to billions of pounds every year – just look at the attack on Sony Pictures, leaking unreleased films onto the web and threatening the company’s entire system. If we don’t do something about this skills gap soon, the costs we bear are going to keep spiralling upwards and we will be increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Although it might seem a bit unusual to breed a criminal mindset like this, the most effective way to build secure computer systems is to understand how you can break into them.
Making connections
As well as working on practical tasks in the lab, students need placements at some of the country’s top security firms. In fact close links with industry is key, as that way universities can learn from companies what skills are needed so that courses can adapt to provide graduates with exactly what they’ll need to succeed.

Milan Tomic

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