How to become an ethical hacking master

Does the idea of being paid to hack into organisations’ systems sound appealing? Why wouldn’t it? The pay is good, it’s creative and you get to test your skills every day.

But we’re not advocating that you break the law. We’re talking about ethical hacking, one of the most sought-after skills in the cyber security industry.

What does an ethical hacker do?

Ethical hackers identify and exploit vulnerabilities in organisations’ systems using the same method as criminals, but as the name suggests, they don’t use their discoveries for malicious purposes.

They instead inform the organisation about its vulnerabilities in exchange for payment. Organisations often hire ethical hackers to test the security of their systems, but they also offer ‘bug bounties’, which are rewards that anyone can claim if they discover a serious enough vulnerability.

The demand for ethical hackers, or ‘whitehat hackers’, has grown substantially in the past few years, as organisations recognise the need for practical assessments of their systems. You can implement all the defences you like, but you won’t know whether they work or not until someone tries to get past them.

Becoming a certified ethical hacker

Anyone can be an ethical hacker provided they have the necessary skills and qualifications.

The right qualification documents your hacking expertise and binds you to moral standards when breaking into vendors’ systems – something that’s essential when it comes to third-party contracts.

You can develop your hacking skills by taking our Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Training Course.

This five-day course is the world’s most comprehensive ethical hacking training programme, giving you practical, hands-on experience with the systems you’ll test and the tools you’ll use to identify vulnerabilities.

Our expert trainer will show you the tactics, technologies and motivations of criminal hackers, helping you understand and replicate their methods.

What will you learn on this course?

  • Ethical hacking methodology
  • Pre-attack reconnaissance
  • How to fingerprint and enumerate targets
  • How to perform network scanning and sniffing
  • How to perform system vulnerability assessments
  • How to create attack vectors
  • Web attacks such as XSS (cross-site scripting), directory traversals and SQL injection
  • How to plan and initiate cyber attacks in order to prevent them
  • How to think like a criminal hacker in order to defeat them

The benefits of becoming an ethical hacker >>

However, learning about hacking techniques in the classroom is just the beginning. Think of this course like the theory exam when learning to drive.

To master your skills, you also need to pass a practical exam, which assesses your hacking skills in real-world scenarios. You’ll be presented with virtual machines and, over the course of six hours, you are required to identify, exploit and log vulnerabilities.

Those who pass are officially certified ethical hacking masters and can pursue their career as white hat hackers.

Start your career as an ethical hacker

Book the theory and practical in one with IT Governance’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Training Course and CEH Practical Exam.

This combination course gives you the opportunity to fast-track your way to becoming an ethical hacker by registering for everything you need to become a certified.

With courses running in London, Birmingham and Manchester, and the option to pay by purchase order, there’s no reason not to get started right away.

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