Ethical Hacker

Companies are constantly threatened by ill-intentioned hackers who try to steal private data and hijack networks for personal gain. To defend against these threats, organizations need to hire savvy specialists who can test system vulnerabilities and protect sensitive information. That’s the work 

of an ethical hacker. There’s a shortage of ethical hackers throughout the industry, which is good news for VBOs. There’s a high demand — and a huge earning potential — for people who can help companies strengthen their cybersecurity.


Ethical Hackers are cyber-security experts who make regular attempts to penetrate networks, computer systems, applications and more on behalf of a client. The nature of online threats is always changing, so ethical hackers have to keep up with existing and new techniques that malicious hackers employ to exploit security flaws. Ethical hackers document problem areas that they find and advise clients on ways to shore up vulnerabilities.

Ethical hacking is a great opportunity for a number of reasons:

  • Ethical hackers are in high demand because of widespread industry shortages.
  • Companies are willing to pay handsomely for cybersecurity specialists with these skills.
  • Ethical hacking allows professionals to apply their logic and reasoning skills for the greater good.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for an Ethical Hacker
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Primary Niche

Ethical Hackers

SUB Niche

Ethical Hacking For the Finance Industry

VBO Niche

Ethical Hacking For Medium-sized Banks and Credit Unions

We provide some great resources to help you get up and running as an Ethical Hacker. If you have questions about becoming an Ethical Hacker, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Possess a fundamental understanding of coding, programming and computer networking.
  • Employ hacking techniques like password guessing, session hijacking and spoofing, traffic sniffing, social engineering and more on behalf of the client.
  • Use port-scanning tools like Nmap, Nessus or Wireshark to scan company systems and study port vulnerabilities. 
  • Scrutinize patch installation processes during software updates to ensure that they aren’t introducing new vulnerabilities.
  • Attempt to bypass intrusion detection and prevention systems and existing security software.
  • Prepare reports identifying security vulnerabilities and advise clients on methods to remedy flaws and mitigate exploitation.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by VBOs ranges from $100.00 to $300.00+. However, the majority seemed to land in the $140.00 to $200.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.



Ehacking is the destination for the latest hacking news. You’ll also find tips for learning how to hack popular platforms and discussions about all things ethical hacking. The blog also covers methods to secure your system from malicious hackers.

Extreme Hacking

Extreme Hacking posts about all the latest news and updates in the world of hacking, while providing great suggestions and resources about ethical hacking. This blog also has a collection of tutorials to help you sharpen your skills as an ethical hacker.

Hacking Tutorials

Like the name suggests, the Hacking Tutorials blog is your one-stop destination for hacking tutorials. Learn the tricks of the trade in detailed lessons that teach you how to master everything from hacking routers to performing offensive security.



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales where with virtually all lessons as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes in that are often helpful for VBOs focused design, business, tech, and more.


Lynda has been around a long time and might just be one of the granddaddy's of online training. Pretty much all courses are well vetted and professionally done. While there courses may be a little more expensive, they are top quality. Since they were recently acquired by LinkedIn, some premium accounts get access to Lynda at no additional charge which is a great deal.







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