A hacker is an expert programmer who can solve a technical problem by writing software code.A global army of hackers devote their careers and use their skills to thwart cybercriminal activity, which is one of the biggest challenges that humanity will face in the next two decades.A new book, Hacking the Hacker: Learn From the Experts Who Take Down Hackers\u00a0by Roger Grimes, features 26 top hackers devoted to making the world a more cyber secure place.More importantly, Grimes\u2019 book points out the essential truth everyone should be mindful of: Taken as a whole, hackers are good. To call them bad \u2014 as the media and popular culture portray them \u2014 would be a misnomer.White hats vs. black hats\u00a0\u2014 white hats winNot only that, but white hats are the more experienced of the hacker types \u2014 despite the edge black hats often enjoy as a result of being more daring and moving faster because they are unconstrained by rules.What\u2019s most interesting about Hacking the Hacker is how Grimes turns the table on the idea that black hats somehow have the upper hand over everyone else \u2014 namely the consumers, small to mid-sized businesses, large corporations, governments, schools, and all of society they attempt to frighten, harm, and steal from.Grimes extends the computer security white hat nomenclature to some highly respected teachers and investigative journalists, as well. The good guys are the real force to be reckoned with, as far as he\u2019s concerned.Mentioned in this articleHacking the Hacker: Learn...\u00a0 See it on AmazonIf there were a visual, it might be Grimes stepping up to some chest thumping cyber wannabe after they pulled off an amateur stunt hack \u2014 and staring them down with an \u00a0"Oh, yeah?"Grimes is a realist. He gets how serious the cyber threat is. But he has a more balanced view than most others. With that, the takeaway from the book is that society has an awesome corps of cyber fighters on its side \u2014 and the white hats rightfully deserve to be called hackers. And they are, as the title implies, being exposed for all the good they do.If there were to be a cybersecurity roll call, Hacking the Hacker is it. And there\u2019s a long line of (white hat) hackers who belong behind them.Sound off \u2014 One, two \u2014 Sound off \u2014 Three, four \u2014 Sound off\u2026Grimes\u2019 26 hackers:Bruce SchneierKevin MitnickMichael HowardGary McGrawSusan BradleyMark RussinovichMartin HellmanDr. Dorothy E. DenningMichael DubinskyWilliam CheswickLance SpitznerDr. Cormac HerleyThomas d\u2019Otreppe de BouvetteAaron HigbeeBenild JosephBrian KrebsJoanna RutkowskaAaron MargosisLaura ChappellDr. Charlie MillerJing de Jong-ChenAdam ShostackStephen NorthcuttEva GalperinWindow SnyderFahmida Y. RashidAll of these hackers are popular enough to find on LinkedIn, Twitter, and in the media with a simple internet search. Better yet, read the book for Grimes\u2019 profile on each one.For any parent out there with a teenage kid interested in technology, this is a great list of people to look at. There are many ways to get involved in the field, and young people need more inspiration when it comes to cybersecurity.If that\u2019s not enough, then check out these hackers on The World\u2019s Billionaire List, which is published annually by Forbes.It\u2019s not often that a book inspires a mantra. But if enough people read Hacking the Hacker, then "Hackers are good, not bad" may become a popular catchphrase. Who knows, maybe we\u2019ll even be hearing, "Mom, I want to be a hacker when I grow up."Visit SteveOnCyber.com to read all of my blogs and articles covering cybersecurity.Follow me on Twitter @CybersecuritySF, or connect with me on LinkedIn. Send story tips, feedback and suggestions to me here.