Hire hackers to find loopholes in IT system, firms advised

Friday, 1 November 2002, 11:50 AM EST

As computer system security becomes an increasingly major concern for businesses and governments alike, organisations can look to hiring ethical hackers to uncover their systems’ vulnerabilities before the hackers do.

To prevent the growing legions of hackers from crippling an or- ganisation’s business operations and destroying their profit margin, local businesses must learn to think and act like hackers, said Wordware (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Wilson Wong.

“Before companies can understand today’s security threats, they need to know how hackers select and exploit companies’ vulnerabilities, how to eliminate those vulnerabilities, and the counter measures available,” Wong said at a seminar on Ethical hacking and counter-measures in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

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