The cyber world has brought many good things along - quick and easy access to large sources of information, e-mailing, new media of advertising and electronic commerce. Just as in our physical world, the cyber world too has a dark side that revolves around criminal hackers. Irrespective of the nature and size of the organization, everyone is worried about hackers playing havoc with their site, confidential information and site. This is where the ethical hackers step in.
Ethical hackers are professionals who know and understand the dark side of the cyber world. These professionals have special skills and attitude to help their clients plug holes in cyber security. To beat a hacker in his own area, it is important to possess an edge over him. EC Council's Certified Ethical Hacker certification provides one with the same.
The certification is well suited for individuals working as security officers, site administrators, auditors and all professionals involved in maintaining the integrity of the network.
EC Council helps the candidates prepare for the certification exam. It provides a candidate with the opportunity to opt for instructor led online training, training at client site, the courseware alone or a self paced program. At the end of the training program a candidate is required to go through an online exam.
The certification test consists of 125 questions that are to be answered in a total of 240 minutes. The questions are multiple choice questions and a candidate needs to get a minimum score of 70% to clear the exam.
It is recommended that a candidate posses:
- CompTIA Network+ (or equivalent knowledge)
- CompTIA Security+ (or equivalent knowledge)
- Proficiency in Microsoft Windows
- Strong skills in computer networking and
- One year industrial experience in networking
The certification exam is suited for professionals involved in maintaining cyber security. The exam aims at testing a candidate's skills and understanding of vulnerabilities of systems, the methods adopted by hackers and counter measures that can be adopted to deal with the same.
The EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification spells opportunity and growth for both professionals as well as organizations where they are employed. While candidates are able to project themselves as professionals with technical knowhow, they are able to get promotions and salary hikes much faster.
Ethical hackers are an asset for an organization. They work their way through system securities in order to identify the weak points that can be exploited by hackers. They ensure maximum safety of systems and networks for the organizations they work for. They work to eliminate and minimize attacks.
I am working for a consultant company providing services to financial institutions. The widespread use of internet meant only one thing for me, immense opportunities. The certification ensured that I start my career based on sound principles and sufficient experience in ethical hacking. The certification has allowed me to showcase my analytical thinking, investigative nature and problem solving skills. Networking skills, proficiency in operating systems and programming have provided me with an extra edge in my career. I know one thing as the penetration of internet grows so does the opportunities available for me.
Bob Stewart, Ethical Hacking Consultant, 4Cube Consulting