Ethical Hacker

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What is an Ethical Hacker ?

Ethical Hacker is often a synonym for Penetration Tester/Pentester. The difference is subtle, with ethical hacking being a more general term and pentesting one branch of ethical hacking.

Both professionals look for existent vulnerabilities in digital systems and assets – with the purpose of exploiting, assessing and reporting on their findings.


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This is a straightforward guide made to help employers and cybersecurity professionals to find each other, providing them with current standard terminology and descriptions. It is by no means exhaustive.

While there is some discussion in cybersecurity about job titles and functions, we use the terms in their broadest sense, focusing on what can be put in a job description to make it more accurate and easy to understand.

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