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Should you employ a former black hat hacker?

PA Consulting’s Luke Vile, a cyber security expert, is quoted in an article in a Raconteur supplement. The article looks at whether businesses should be employing former hackers to test cyber security systems and bolster defences, and questions whether it is worth the risk.

Luke says: “Many large organisations understand there is sometimes a great deal of value in understanding how cybercriminals think and operate in the real world,” he says. “Plus, there is a huge difference between paying individuals known to be involved in criminal work and using the specialist skills of people who have actively chosen to use their talents for the good of security.”

Luke goes on to talk about what is being done to keep black hat hackers on the right side. PA Consulting, in collaboration with the National Crime Agency and Cyber Security Challenge UK, recently ran an Intervention Day workshop that showed young IT enthusiasts the rewards of using their cyber-skills ethically and legally. Luke explains: “The programme introduces the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and combines technical exercises with industry insights and careers advice.”

Read the article on Raconteur's website

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