Ethical hacker training

 
 

Do you love to rid viruses? Do you get excited by DDoS attacks? Maybe you have a passion for computer security? Then a career as an ethical hacker could be for you. Our selection of ethical hacker courses will train you to become a computer security expert while at the same time train you to think like a hacker.

 

Surely hacking is illegal?

Being called a hacker can have negative implications, however not all hacking is bad; in fact, ethical hacking is used to prevent the real hackers from succeeding. Ethical hackers are contracted by business and government organisations to hack into their networks using hacking methods in an attempt to improve their security and prevent real hackers. The ethical hacker will attack security systems with an aim of seeking out vulnerabilities that malicious hackers could exploit. They will then report the security problems and work on building a more secure network for their employer.

 

Back to basics

Ethical hacking requires a complex knowledge of computer security systems and previous experience in IT will be essential for understanding the course. In the IT world it is important to remember you will have to rise up the ranks, you won’t be able to become an ethical hacker straight away. Taking a CCNA course will help you to get a job in a network support role before moving up to a network engineer position. Moving into an IT security coordinator position and then taking a course in ethical hacking will prepare you to start marketing yourself as an ethical hacker.

 

What will I learn from the course?

Depending on the skill level you already possess courses can range from five day crash courses or longer courses that can last up to 12 months. Crash courses are aimed at those who are already highly experienced in IT and only need to learn a few new skills to become an ethical hacker. Longer courses are still aimed at those who have existing IT skills but aim to teach you a broader amount of topics to help you improve as an ethical hacker. To beat a hacker you have to think like a hacker, you will learn how to master hacking technologies and try to break into your own system. Once you can hack your own system you will learn how to scan, test and then secure your system before the real hackers can beat you to it. If you want to be an ethical hacker but need to brush up on your computer skills beforehand, a computer programming course such as C++ could help prepare you.

 

Becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

On completion of an ethical hacker course you will be awarded as a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which is the official qualification from the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultant (EC-Council).  To gain this qualification you will be required to pass the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50 at the end of the course. The exam is comprised of 125 questions and aims to test you on all of the methods you will learn throughout the course, it will last four hours and to pass you will be required to get 70% or more. CEH is internationally recognised for all ethical hackers and completion of it will put you in good stead for the career of your dreams.

 

Careers...

As the world becomes more and more dependent on technology, IT jobs are on the rise. Never before have IT experts been so sought after by both business and government organisations alike; it really is the career to be in. While many ethical hackers have careers and contracts with one employer, when starting out you will most likely have to prove yourself through freelancing. Contacting employers or listing your freelance vacancies on websites such as peopleperhour will help you to build a strong portfolio while earning money at the same time. Once you have built a strong portfolio you will be able to apply for permanent positions. Alternatively, if you prefer to work for yourself, you could take the dive and set up your very own computer security consultation service, this will allow you to be self-employed and work in your own time for multiple companies.

 

Three biggest hacking attacks of all time

  • Heartland: The 2009 hacking of payment processing firm, Heartland, is considered to be the biggest credit card scam in history. The firm lost tens of millions of credit card details with around 175,000 businesses being damaged by the theft. Heartland paid a whopping $110 million to settle claims related to the security breach.
  • TJX Companies: The 2007 attack on American firm TJX saw the theft of around 94 million customers credit and debit cards, making it the largest breach of customer information ever recorded.
  • Sony PlayStation Network: In 2011 hackers gained access to the network of Sony’s PlayStation. The hack put the credit cards of over 76 million PlayStation users and risk and although the hackers were never caught it is believed that they only wanted to embarrass Sony instead of steal card information.

Do you love to rid viruses? Do you get excited by DDoS attacks? Maybe you have a passion for computer security? Then a career as an ethical hacker could be for you. Our selection of ethical hacker courses will train you to become a computer security expert while at the same time train you to think like a hacker.

 

Surely hacking is illegal?

Being called a hacker can have negative implications, however not all hacking is bad; in fact, ethical hacking is used to prevent the real hackers from succeeding. Ethical hackers are contracted by business and government organisations to hack into their networks using hacking methods in an attempt to improve their security and prevent real hackers. The ethical hacker will attack security systems with an aim of seeking out vulnerabilities that malicious hackers could exploit. They will then report the security problems and work on building a more secure network for their employer.

 

Back to basics

Ethical hacking requires a complex knowledge of computer security systems and previous experience in IT will be essential for understanding the course. In the IT world it is important to remember you will have to rise up the ranks, you won’t be able to become an ethical hacker straight away. Taking a CCNA course will help you to get a job in a network support role before moving up to a network engineer position. Moving into an IT security coordinator position and then taking a course in ethical hacking will prepare you to start marketing yourself as an ethical hacker.

 

What will I learn from the course?

Depending on the skill level you already possess courses can range from five day crash courses or longer courses that can last up to 12 months. Crash courses are aimed at those who are already highly experienced in IT and only need to learn a few new skills to become an ethical hacker. Longer courses are still aimed at those who have existing IT skills but aim to teach you a broader amount of topics to help you improve as an ethical hacker. To beat a hacker you have to think like a hacker, you will learn how to master hacking technologies and try to break into your own system. Once you can hack your own system you will learn how to scan, test and then secure your system before the real hackers can beat you to it. If you want to be an ethical hacker but need to brush up on your computer skills beforehand, a computer programming course such as C++ could help prepare you.

 

Becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

On completion of an ethical hacker course you will be awarded as a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which is the official qualification from the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultant (EC-Council).  To gain this qualification you will be required to pass the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50 at the end of the course. The exam is comprised of 125 questions and aims to test you on all of the methods you will learn throughout the course, it will last four hours and to pass you will be required to get 70% or more. CEH is internationally recognised for all ethical hackers and completion of it will put you in good stead for the career of your dreams.

 

Careers...

As the world becomes more and more dependent on technology, IT jobs are on the rise. Never before have IT experts been so sought after by both business and government organisations alike; it really is the career to be in. While many ethical hackers have careers and contracts with one employer, when starting out you will most likely have to prove yourself through freelancing. Contacting employers or listing your freelance vacancies on websites such as peopleperhour will help you to build a strong portfolio while earning money at the same time. Once you have built a strong portfolio you will be able to apply for permanent positions. Alternatively, if you prefer to work for yourself, you could take the dive and set up your very own computer security consultation service, this will allow you to be self-employed and work in your own time for multiple companies.

 

Three biggest hacking attacks of all time

  • Heartland: The 2009 hacking of payment processing firm, Heartland, is considered to be the biggest credit card scam in history. The firm lost tens of millions of credit card details with around 175,000 businesses being damaged by the theft. Heartland paid a whopping $110 million to settle claims related to the security breach.
  • TJX Companies: The 2007 attack on American firm TJX saw the theft of around 94 million customers credit and debit cards, making it the largest breach of customer information ever recorded.
  • Sony PlayStation Network: In 2011 hackers gained access to the network of Sony’s PlayStation. The hack put the credit cards of over 76 million PlayStation users and risk and although the hackers were never caught it is believed that they only wanted to embarrass Sony instead of steal card information.

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