White & Black Hat Hackers Highlight Cybersecurity Blind Spots

White & Black Hats Point Out Security Blind Spots

White & Black Hats Point Out Security Blind SpotsWhite & Black Hats Point Out Security Blind Spots

Both well-meaning and malicious hackers fess up to why they hack, and list the best data exfiltration strategies and the least effective security tools.

Black Hat Versus White HatBlack Hat Versus White Hat

81% of survey respondents had worked in corporate IT in the past. Respondents were almost evenly split between white hats (52%) and black hats or other (48%).

Hacking and MoralityHacking and Morality

Asked about the moral implications of hacking, 65% said they believe hacking is always good or always bad, and 35% said it is inherently neutral.

Motivation for HackingMotivation for Hacking

Stealing data can be very lucrative, as evidenced by the fact that some white hat hackers leave their IT jobs to become black hats. 83% said money is the primary motivation for hacking.

Least Effective Security ToolsLeast Effective Security Tools

Password-protected documents: 33%,
Face recognition: 19%,
Access controls: 16%

Top Data Exfiltration MethodsTop Data Exfiltration Methods

Phishing: 59%,
Malware: 26%,
Physical theft: 6%,
WiFi spoofing: 5%,
Other: 4%

Biggest Blind SpotsBiggest Blind Spots

61% of the experts surveyed identified unmanaged devices as a critical security blind spot. Systems that are not up to date followed at 55%, and 36% named mobile devices as the third major blind spot.

Need for ToolsNeed for Tools

These security vulnerabilities demonstrate the need for tools—such as cloud access security brokers—that maintain comprehensive, real-time visibility and control over data.


Organizations should adopt real-time security solutions with comprehensive data protection across all devices and applications.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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