If you are an information security professional, you may be looking for ways to expand your career potential, as well as stay current on the latest issues. In today’s job market, corporations and government organizations need trained information security staff, and obtaining your CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certification is a good way to improve your marketability and potentially increase your salary. If you are an employer, you might want to consider having someone on your information security staff obtain their CEH certification.
A CEH certification certifies staff member in a particular discipline of ethical hacking, providing vendor-neutral training. CEH training helps strengthen your knowledge regarding your network infrastructure’s integrity. A CEH professional understands how to find weaknesses or vulnerabilities in the systems, using the same information and skills that a malicious hacker would. Having the same knowledge as the malicious hackers helps the CEH professional know how to prevent intrusions.
The ethical hacker takes preemptive steps to stop malicious attacks by attempting to attack the system himself, but within the legal limits. As technologies advance, this has evolved into a critical security component. If hacking is done without permission, it is illegal, but if it’s done upon request by the company by an ethical hacker, it’s not. The difference is permission and intent.
To achieve the CEH Certification requires passing the Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-60. The recommended first step is to complete an Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures training course, which prepares candidates for the CEH exam. This course will focus on hacking technology and techniques, but from an offensive perspective. The CEH course is updated regularly to include the latest developments in the industry, such as new hacking techniques, automated programs, and the latest defensive recommendations from experts. CEH knowledge includes detailed recommendations from security experts, industry practitioners, and the information security industry.
To qualify for this training, and ensure it is not obtained by malicious hackers, you must have at least two years of security experience before beginning the course of study. All candidates must sign an agreement to not misuse the knowledge acquired in any way. They must also agree to follow all laws of the land when using this knowledge.
Security professionals can also choose a path of self-study, then submit their CEH eligibility application, then attempt to pass the exam. The exam is highly technical, so it is recommended that you complete a CEH course, but it is not required. Courses are available both online and in-person to fit your schedule and preferred learning style.
Once you have received CEH certification, you can obtain Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) as your next career step. For additional information about CEH requirements, contact the EC-Council at http://www.eccouncil.org/takeexam.htm for more details.