Fighting back against cyber attacks
Several cyber-attacks have renewed attention on the people fighting against them.
On Sunday, several state websites in Ohio were hacked. On Tuesday, cyber attacks were reported in the U.S. involving a Pennsylvania hospital and health care system as well as drug maker Merck. Globally, a virus was reported to spreading across Europe.
Ethical hackers are people trained to protect computer systems by knowing countermeasure’s to attacks.
Bill Sempf works as an ethical hacker. He explained being successful requires getting ahead of a problem.
"Were the people testing the applications hopefully before they go live. Finding the flaws and teaching the developers how to fix them in advance,” said Sempf.
In Central Ohio, Franklin University is one school that teaches a course in ethical hacking.
"We teach enough ethical hacking so that they know what counter measures they have to take,” explained Todd Whittaker, department chair for computer and information sciences at Franklin University.
“A lot of this is hands on exercises where they're using the very same kinds of tools and exploits that the professional hackers out there are using,” said Whittaker.
Experts like Sempf explain the cyberattacks aren’t going away. He advises the public to take precautions.
"Back up your machine. No excuse not to. Keep your machine up to date. Your local machine up to date. And keep the companies you deal with accountable,” said Sempf.