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Are ITPROs in the UK familiar with the Term "BlackHat"?

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I'm sure you're probably familiar with the term ITPro but just incase you're not then it means people who are paid for Technical work on Information systems.

Is the term "BlackHat" familiar to ITPros in the UK? Please hit the "Feedback" button for this post and let me know what you think.



  • Well I am...BlackHat, WhiteHat and GreyHat...I don't know how widespread the term is though but I'd guess most developers will be familiar with it...

  • I wear a pink hat *wink*

  • Anyone in the SEO field will have heard the term "BlackHat", not used in general conversation in the UK though as it seems to be a "cowboy" term?

  • My first question to an 'IT Pro' would be to ask him if he's familiar with the term 'uptime'.

  • I don't believe so. If memory serves me right - a blackHat is usually a hacker (An IT Pro) with malicious intent - I could be wrong

  • I've heard this term used but not much.

  • Yup...

  • BlackHat as in blackhat hacker / whitehat hacker? Sure we've heard of it. Blackhat is the bad guy, whitehat is the good guy but to the media they are all the same thing, bad :(


  • Im a developer, the Term Black Hat to me means evil hacker who hacks for malicious reasons or personal gain or just infamy.

    White hats are people who do ethical hacks to prove security for the overall good of the organisation or community at large.

    Is that what you are refering to

  • SimonT - that's what I meant. Personally I don't expect general ITPros to be familiar with the term "BlackHat" - judging by the feedback I that seems to be the concensus.

  • I assume you are using the term in the sense of a not-so-nice hacker, a hacker with black intentions on your data.

    f course, you could be referring simply to an undertaker, and professional wearer of black hats... :-)

  • Thomas> I was refering to malicious individuals who steal data and / or deny access to the legitimate use of data.

    With the post I was trying to poll opinion rather than ask if those viewing the post knew what I meant by the term.

  • Absolutely...

    BlackHat = System Cracker

    WhiteHat = Security Professional

    But I'd bet most IT Pros DONT use these terms, or know what they mean.

  • I'm surprised at this, I really didn't think any admins who've been doing the job for any length of time *wouldn't* know the term - it is common after all.

    What's your point with this though? This question seems rather random unless you're maybe getting at something else? General IT Security awareness in the UK?

  • Andy> I was approached by a member of the team who wanted to use the term "Blackhat" in a message to ITPros. I agree that those who work with security technology certainly should know the term. I wanted to get a poll of your views as to whether general ITPros (rather than security folk) were aware of the term.