Becoming An Ethical Hacker
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Ethical hackers are in high demand at the moment, as the need for effective and more sophisticated security strategies increases. An ethical hacker will be allowed to hack into a business’s network with the purpose of finding vulnerabilities so that weakness can be dealt with. If this job appeals to you, there are many IT security courses you can take and different approaches you can use to make it in the industry. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover everything you need to know…

Skills

To be a successful ethical hacker you need to have an extensive amount of technical knowledge regarding IT software and systems. You need to think like a hacker in order to beat a hacker and thus knowing how to exploit vulnerabilities is imperative. Experience in a relevant field will be expected. A lot of people have a Bachelors or Masters degree in Information Security or something similar.

Qualifications

There are many different IT training courses you can take and anything related to the industry will be of an advantage. It is certainly worth taking a CEH course if you want to become an ethical hacker. This is the most advanced ethical hacking course and thus will stand you in good stead for the future. If a potential client and employer sees that you have CEH certification, they are going to be left in no doubt that you are more than capable of providing the service they require. It is an internationally recognised qualification.

The curriculum features all of the following – session hijacking, penetration testing, buffer overflows, hacking web applications, waking webservers, viruses and worms, system hacking, enumeration, scanning networks, Trojans and backdoors, SQL injection, hacking mobile platforms and much, much more. It gives you all of the tools you need to succeed. To get accredited you will need to pass the CEH exam. The exam features 125 multiple-choice questions and lasts for four hours. You will need to score at least 70 per cent in order to pass but provided you take your IT security training with a reputable provider they will ensure you have the best possible chance of passing.

Not only will it enable you to find security weaknesses in internal systems but it will provide a good overview of other ways of protecting current confidential data and also methods to securely carry out confidential data destruction of information that is no longer required to be kept.

How Much Can You Make?

As is the case with all jobs, it largely depends on your experience. When starting off you can expect to earn in the region of £25,000 per annum. Nonetheless, as you progress in the industry this will of course increase. A registered level professional will typically take home around £55,000 per year, whilst £90,000 plus can be expected if you become a team leader. Of course you may elect to work independently and you can expect around £500 per day if you decide to become a penetration tester. The good news is that demand is high, and at present supply doesn’t match the demand, which gives you a great opportunity to capitalise on. It is unlikely that this demand will dwindle. The Internet is constantly changing, hackers are becoming more intelligent with their approach, and thus companies are going to constantly need to reassess their security methods and systems to ensure they remain effective. Cyber breaches are one of the biggest threats to a business’s future in the current day.


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