How to Become an Ethical Hacker | Careers in Ethical Hacking


In this Digital Era, People get goosebumps after hearing about hackers. Once upon a time, there was only physical theft and crimes, but now in this advance time, digital crime is a major concern. A few years back, No one knew about hackers but nowadays Indian industry is paying hefty sums of money to ethical hackers to keep confidential information from being disclosed to the government. According to surveys of Cyber-security firms in the country, Indian companies lost more than $3 billion in 2012 alone because of hackers. In recent years, the number of cybercrime cases is increasing day by day on the Internet like hacking email accounts, stealing sensitive data, password attacks, abusive emails etc.

What is Ethical Hacking:

Ethical Hacker – Ethical hacking is a process of the objectively analyzing data security structure of an organization. Although any type of hacking is an offense, by the one way it is considered as ethical when it is done under a contract between the hacker and the organization. The Person who hacks with legal permission to strengthen systems and makes them malicious-proof is known as An ethical hacker. He is an expert who helps to find loopholes in an IT system and makes penetration-proof from any malicious hacker. an ethical hacker is a Computer security network who make the cyberspace safe, now and forever.

Career Paths as Ethical hacker:

Application Testing: Done to uncover flaws in the system at the very core or logical level
Remote or war dialing: Used to test open-ended modem connections that remotely connect to a network
Local network  testing: Deals with testing of services, protocols, system devices and virtual private networks
Wireless security: A method of measuring the level of security available in the framework as a whole
System hardening: Done to strengthen the host and mend weaknesses
Stolen laptop: Done using the PC of an important employee, this test examines for passwords and personal information stored in a dial-up software
Social Engineering: This type of hacking is very difficult to carry out as it involves people, personalities and employees.


Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates who are having an educational background in computer science/engineering or IT can enter in the field of ethical hacking. They must know programming languages like C, C++, Python, Ruby etc. The understanding of widely used operating systems like the various versions of Windows, Linux and Firefox etc. is also an important part of your knowledge base. Some of the known certifications in Ethical Hacking are CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI ( Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) offered by EC Council; CCNA Security (Cisco Certified Network Associate Security); SCP’s SCNS (Security Certified Network Specialist) & SCNP (Security Certified Network Professional); CISSP (Cerified Information Systems Security Professional) offered by Intl Information System Security certification Consortium and many more. Certification from SANS institute in the US though expensive is another valuable certification in the field. Courses can be neutral, or vendor (company) specific such as certifications offered by Cisco, Microsoft, Novell etc. Ethical hacking course trains a student to find loopholes in a network or a programme, using similar methods as that of hacking. The intense certifications mentioned above provides critical network security fundamentals for all network administrators. Skills covered include the design and implentation of firewalls, IDS, wireless security, Cryptography, Linux security, Windows security among others.


Courses for ethical hackers in India:

» Certificate Course in Cyber Laws

» M.Sc. Cyber Forensics and Information Security

» Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Laws

» Post Graduate Diploma in Digital and Cyber Forensics and Related Laws

» Advance Diploma in Ethical Hacking

» Certificate in Information Security and Ethical Hacking

» Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)

» CCNA Certification

» Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

» Post Graduate Diploma in IT Security

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