i would like you to comment to those

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hey man!! i would like you to comment to those; 

1- n my opinion, hackers should be hired by security firms. They possess the skills that are currently needed in cybersecurity and I believe that reform is possible. Kevin Mitnick, the famous hacker, went to prison for five years and now runs his own security consulting business. (Armerding, 2012) This is just one example of clear proof that the prison system can work for cybercriminals. If a felon can be hired at an organization, the crime shouldn’t matter. Also, as Shinder states, “reformed black hat hackers have real world experience in playing offense. The typical IT pro only knows about playing defense.” (Shinder, 2010) If someone has any type of experience with hacking, it is of value to have him or her working for “the good team” instead of doing crimes. As far as liability goes, I feel that there are certain risks that an organization must take when hiring new employees period. When hiring an ex-criminal, sure, there are more issues to consider, but honestly, you never know a person until they do something that you didn’t expect. Everyone is capable of committing crime just like everyone is capable of being reformed. If you’re company is willing to take a risk for more experienced employees, hiring a hacker shouldn’t be out of the question.

2- There are many different views on whether or not hackers should be hired by security firms after serving prison time for cracking. Plenty of times hackers have broken into companies that have high end security and is hard to breach. They are then are hired by other companies to protect them from these mishaps again. For example, 21 year old George Hotz was hired back in 2011 by Facebook, which is one of the largest social networking sites back. “The famed PlayStation 3 hacker spent four months this year duking it out with Sony in the courts” (Yin. Para 2). After hacking into the PlayStation Network, this hacker was then offered a job he couldn’t refuse. He was basically rewarded for his illegal actions. 

I personally do not think it is a good idea to hire hackers after serving prison time for cracking. I stand against hiring them because of the image that it can leave for your company. Yeah, they may be very experienced and have more talent than others, but “having a criminal onboard may not set well with your clients or employees” (Shinder. Para 5). It can not only affect the image of your company, but what happens if the hacker that was hired is not converted on their morals. What if their intentions are still to use the skills that they have to do more illegal activities? This time it could affect your own company severely based upon the access that you now have granted them. 

I believe that if any hackers are hired by a company then they should be ethical hackers. They only have good intentions of their hacks and will not commit illegal activities to harm or breach a system. The FBI has a long and rough process of getting into the agency. It requires many of background checks, and tests to see if you qualify and are trustworthy. They are actually hiring hackers. They are only “hiring ethical hackers to become cyber special agents” (Cook. Para 4). The FBI would never hire a hacker that has served previous prison time for cracking based on the risk. They could not bring in a person that has previously had negative intentions because of the private information that they would have access to. They could do serious harm to the FBI and systems/people all around America. If security firms were to hire any hackers, then it should definitely be ethical hackers with good intentions.

3-I think hackers should be hired after serving time, but depending on what their intentions were when hacking. If they were hacking to see if they can get through the security then yes. If they were hacking to steal personal information, sell it, or steal money then no. Some people are curious and just want to see how good they are when it comes to hacking. Others want to test their skill to sabotage someone. Things to worry about when hiring a hacker is that they are experienced in that field and your workers can learn from them. Another thing to worry about is if can you trust them. Given the opportunity they could hack into your companies security to plant a virus or look into your companies important files. They could also sell your companies trade secrets. Keeping all that in mind hiring a hacker comes down to trust and if you feel like they will not do you wrong again, then I would hire them.

i just need a small paragraph for each. 

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