After building a safe house, the owner wanted to test its safety against thieves and contracted a professional burglar to try and break-in.

If the house is a computer system, the owner-approved attempt to test the strength of its defenses and identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities that need to be remedied is called ethical hacking.

Ethical hacking is increasingly becoming popular with big organizations because they believe that the best way to evaluate their preparedness is by deliberately hacking their systems and learning from their flaws.

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