Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
6) What do you understand by ethical hacking. Discuss the issues underlying ethical hacking.(250 words)
Why this question
The question aims to test the ability of the student to analyze the given concept or problem and identify and deliberate upon the issues involved therein. The issue is related to GS- 4 syllabus under the following heading –
Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to define the term ethical hacking. It also wants us to write in detail about various issues involved in ethical hacking from the social/ ethics point of view.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive which directs us to write at length about the meaning of the term, ethical hacking and issues involved in such an act.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – write a few lines about the meaning of ethical hacking and where it is largely used.
Discuss in points various issues underlying ethical hacking. Be as exhaustive as possible but give priority to the ethical- social and then legal issues if any.
E.g teaching a person to penetrate a system without ensuring that the person may misuse that knowledge. Is it wrong or right?; probability of an insider attack and wrong sense of safety in case of a wrong report from an ethical hacker- compromising the security of the associated persons; invasion of user privacy etc.
Conclusion– mention the benefits of ethical hacking for companies and for general public and based on your convictions and according to the discussion held above, form a fair and a balanced opinion on the issue.