Discover the definition of the term Gray Hat presented by Les Assises de la Cybersécurité.


If the "Black Hat" is the cybersecurity expert who has gone over to the illegal side and the "White Hat" is the one who prefers to work on the right side, the "Gray Hat" is quite logically... somewhere in between! The Gray Hat may resort to clearly illegal approaches (breaking into a system without authorisation) in order to achieve ethical objectives (warning the owner of identified vulnerabilities and offering assistance in correcting them). He believes that the morality of his actions (he is not seeking personal enrichment) takes precedence over the means used to achieve them. The courts, however, will often only consider the illegal aspect of his actions...

This obsession with coloured hats is astonishing in a community where, in any case, experts only wear hoodies.

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