White hat rising
THE WEEK|February 06, 2022
As technology continues to evolve, the role of ethical hackers will become more prominent
ABHINAV SINGH

AHMEDABAD-BASED ETHICAL hacker Falgun Rathod was inspired by Om Jai Jagadish (2002), in which Abhishek Bachchan's character uses his skills as a hacker to create a security software. Rathod also got motivated by Die Hard 4 (2007), in which a young hacker helps the authorities stop a cyber attack, and Hackers (1995).

When Rathod started as an ethical hacker, around 2009, the concept was fairly new. Having worked in different industries, Rathod learned that it was extremely difficult for an industry to survive cyber attacks without the help of ethical hackers. Especially in the banking and insurance segment. “I knew ethical hacking had a future and decided to pursue it as my career,” he said.

However, it has not been easy. The integrity of those who pursue ethical hacking is always under scrutiny. Rathod said clients are “naturally” reluctant to trust an ethical hacker. “They believe that hackers will hack into all that is available and misuse the data,” he said. “Thus, proving our integrity is crucial and, at times, difficult,” added Rathod.

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