Newest IT job title: chief hacking officer

Wednesday, 29 May 2002, 3:37 PM EST

Companies seeking to ensure they are as impervious as possible to the latest computer viruses and to the Internet's most talented hackers often find themselves in need of the Internet's most talented hackers.

Some of these so-called "white-hat" hackers hold high positions in various enterprises, including security companies, but analysts told NewsFactor that they rarely carry the actual title "chief hacking officer" because companies tend to be a bit skittish about the connotation.

Still, some security pros - such as Eeye Security's Marc Maiffret - do carry the "CHO" title, and few argue the point that in order to protect themselves from the best hackers and crackers, companies need to hire them.

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