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Ethical Hacking

What is ethical hacking?

Ethical hacking or penetration testing refers to the exploitation of an IT system with the permission of its owner in order to determine its vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It is an essential process of testing and validating an organisation’s information security measures and maturity. The results of ethical hacking are typically used to recommend preventive and corrective countermeasures that mitigate the risk of a cyber attack.

An ethical hacker is an individual who is trusted to attempt to penetrate an organisation’s networks and/or computer systems using the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner.

Want to know more about ethical hacking?

If you would like more information about ethical hacking, or how to become an ethical hacker, get in touch with one of our security testing experts today.

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Attacking and defending

Protecting current systems and networks requires a broad understanding of attack strategies, and in-depth knowledge of the hacker’s tactics, tools and motivations. Effective ethical hacking is based on knowledge of the system network, equipment, user interaction, policies, procedures, physical security and business culture. The increasing use of social engineering attack methodologies demands that every tester is also aware of the organisation and habits of its IT users (staff).


The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organisation that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills. It is the owner and creator of the renowned Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) certification, as well as many other certification schemes, that are offered in more than 87 countries globally.

IT Governance Ltd is an EC-Council Accredited Training Center (ATC) and provides the best instructor-led exam preparation experience possible for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Launched in 2003 by the EC-Council, the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification is globally recognised as the vendor-neutral credential of choice for developing a senior career as an ethical hacker or penetration tester.

The purpose of the CEH credential is to:

  1. Establish and govern minimum standards for qualifying professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures;
  2. Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum standards; and
  3. Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession.

How to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

To achieve Certified Ethical Hacker qualification, we recommend the following steps:

  • Attend our approved Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) classroom training course
  • Pass the official CEH Exam which consists of 125 multiple-choice questions, and is taken at any Pearson VUE exam centre in the UK.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Training Course​

ISO 27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Training Course

Our fully accredited, practitioner-led Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) five-day course is led by information security professionals who practise what they teach.

This ethical hacking course equips you with the skills to plan and perform ethical hacking (penetration testing) at an advanced level. The ANSI-compliant exam will help you command the trust and respect of employers globally and achieve an industry-recognised CEH certification in just one week.

Discover our range of penetration testing services

IT Governance’s services have been developed to align with your business requirements, your budget and the value of the assets you intend to test. Our level 1 penetration tests are suitable for organisations that want to identify the common exploitable weaknesses targeted by opportunistic attackers using freely available, automated attack tools.

For those with more complex objectives, or that require a more detailed exploration of complex or sensitive environments, our Technical Services team can provide additional expertise. Contact us to talk to one of our consultants.

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For more information and guidance on penetration testing or packages IT Governance offers, please contact our experts who will be able to discuss your organisations needs further.