Computer hackers are given a bad name by the media, usually portrayed as good-for-nothing criminals who sit in darkened rooms drinking gallons of Coke. Meanwhile, the few good guys are apparently oddballs and outsiders. They appear intermittently, typing furiously and spouting pseudo-tech babble to the hero, who replies: “English, please?!”
Hackers are important
This doesn’t seem fair. Hacking has become arguably the most influential skill in business today. Organisations’ biggest fears almost always include the threat of cyber crime, and they go to great lengths to prevent crooks breaking in. This often means hiring an ethical hacker to look perform a penetration test, looking for vulnerabilities in their systems in the same way as a criminal hacker would. The hacker then reports their findings, enabling organisations to fix their systems before it’s too late.
Ethical hacking, or white-hat hacking, is an important, well-paid and rewarding job, and as more organisations recognise the need to expand or improve their cyber security measures, the need for hacking expertise grows. You’ll need to have an appropriate qualification to fulfil the role, but this is something that can be achieved relatively easily if you have a background in cyber security.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you should take a look at our Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Training Course.
Ethical hacker training
Our five-day course gives you practical, hands-on experience with ethical hacking, and teaches you everything you need to know to enter the industry. You’ll be shown the strategies, tactics, technologies, tools and motivations of criminal hackers, and be given the opportunity to replicate their methods.
After the course, our tutor will be available to provide support and answer any questions you may have. You’ll also be given six months online access to EC-Council iLabs to further develop your skills.
When you’re ready, you can sit the CEH exam, where you’ll be tested on your ability to identify vulnerabilities in operating systems, databases and networks. Those who pass will receive the CEH (Practical) certification, which is globally recognised as the vendor-neutral qualification of choice for developing a senior career in penetration testing and digital forensics.