Why Cybersecurity Experts Choose the Good Side

I liked this quote:

[…] Here’s the reality: It’s an integrity thing. What kind of person are you? It’s really about who you are and what kind of morals you have. Our industry itself, from a white hat standpoint, is built on integrity. You want the best for your fellow humans. For a lot of people on the attacker side, it’s really all about the money. And how much money you can make in the shortest amount of time.

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For me the emotional component, how I feel, is about integrity. I don’t want to be a criminal. I want to be useful to my community.

I’ve also looked at the issue as a risk/reward calculation. I’d need to be making approximately $10m+ to be able to afford both a massive improvement in lifestyle for my family and to buy some form of anonymity. All with a minimal chance of being caught over a 30 year period. I can’t see that happening.

I guess I’m just not cut out to be a digital criminal mastermind.

Original article here