Ethical Hacking - Cyber Geeks.
Certificate in ethical hacking! That is what has been achieved by two young cyber geeks twenty-two year old Rohan Vidhandik and sixteen year old Aniket Gandhi from Pune, the city of beautiful roads, who performed brilliantly in a Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacking course, from among eight students selected for the course, and have now been certified as ‘ethical hackers’ by Ankit Fadia, famous for cracking the password to Osama-bin-Laden’s secure system.
Cracking passwords and snooping around in the restricted areas of the cyber space made headlines a few years ago. At that point of time little did we realise that ‘hacking’ is more of a skill than just a luck which can be used for genuine causes and that one day there would be courses offering certificates enabling ‘ethical hacking’.
For Gandhi, clicking away on the computer was only a passion – which grew from being a fervent videogame addict to completing a diploma in Information Technology from NIIT, when he was in seventh Standard. He never tried figuring passwords, because he knew it to be illegal. However, when he was selected for the course, the first thing he learnt was that hacking is an act for a good cause, while cracking was the correct word for breaking passwords and misusing them.
While pure interest lured Gandhi, Vidhandik is already a student of computer engineering and felt it necessary to acquire the knowledge of network security, because nothing similar is included in their syllabus. (Authorities and educationists, please note!). Today a computerised system is an integral part of every workplace and hence knowing the methods of securing the system is of utmost necessity, explains Vidhandik.
The certificate had brought many job offers to both of them. However they are busy in their studies.