Today we are living in the age of cybernetics or information and communication system. It is the power and technology of information and communication only that has interconnected every part of the globe. The idea of the global village today is a reality. Now with the help of computer and networking vast amount of information can be stored and transmitted.
Most of the official works of government and non-government organization are done through computer systems.All secret documents, sensitive information and key information are kept in the computer network, which needs to be protected from the hackers. For that ethical hackers are hired to identify the vulnerable areas of the computer security system and get it shielded from the hackers. Hackers are those who unethically or without permission intrude into the information system and access all sensitive information, which could jeopardize its functioning.
The ethical hackers are called as ‘white hat hackers’, while the hackers are called as ‘black hat hackers’.
Ethical hackers often employ penetration testing techniques, to check how far the information network system of an organization can be hacked. These penetration testing techniques can be learned by only those students who take up the certified ethical hacking examination. At present V9 is the CEH exam which is equivalent to EC 312-50 exam. In order to apply for this exam, a student is required to have completed his training at an accredited training centre.
Internet and information system today has become the pivot around which most of the work of any organization, whether government or private, get done. Through internet network, sensitive information, secret documents, codes and passwords and much other important information get exchanged. Hence it becomes utmost important that this important information it should not fall into wrong hands. Some of the government organizations like Defense, Nuclear, and Energy, keep much secret information which if passed to the enemy nation could prove fatal. It needs to be protected from hackers.
Owning to such threat many government organizations, industries, large corporates, Universities, IT companies and MNC’s employ ethical hackers to create a security network and prevent penetration or hacking by hackers with malicious intentions.A person with certification in hacking with good skills in identifying weak areas in an information system can easily get a high paying job in the related areas.
A person can also become a practising freelancer and get many projects to work on. There are many organization and companies which approach such freelancers to work for them.
In order to get a good placement an Ethical Hacker should have deep knowledge about networking field and SQL, besides being an expert programmer. And most of all a candidate should have a deep interest, knowledge and passion for his field. He must keep himself updated about the recent developments in his field. Some of the latest soft-wares in the field of hacking are Cain and Abel, Nessus, Nmap, Net Stumbler, SQL map etc.
A fresher certified hacker, in the beginning, will get a salary in the range of ₹20, 000 to 25,000, which is a good amount for beginners to earn and learn. As soon as a candidate gets enough numbers of projects to claiming his experience, soon his salary will go up. In just 2 or 3 years of time, professional certified hackers get ₹50, 000 or ₹ 60,000 salary.
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A candidate who wants to do the course in Ethical Hacking should have done his Bachelor’s in computer science or is an IT graduate. This background enables the student to understand easily the basics of a computer network system. During the entrance test of the course, a candidate will be asked questions from the area of web servers, operating system, programming skills and networking protocols.
According to EC-Council, here are the eligibility criteria for joining the Ethical Hacking course:
The eligibility criteria might vary from institute to institute. So, students must check the same before applying for the course.
Q. What is the ethical hacking course?
The ethical hacking course teaches students how to identify the vulnerable areas of the information security network and shield it. Students are taught how to deploy penetration testing techniques to check the level of weakness or loopholes in the information security network.
Q. How to get admission in this course?
A candidate can get admission in this course after completing his bachelor’s in computer science or IT course. There are many private institutions which offer this course. Interested candidate can do this course private institutions and later on get the Certification in hacking.
Q. What is the eligibility for doing the ethical hacking course?
Anyone can get admission in the course. But a candidate should have done a Diploma or Degree in the IT system or computer science. It helps the student to learn easily about the operating system, programming and soft wares application used in ethical hacking.
Q. Where one can get a job after doing the ethical hacking course?
There is a growing demand in the market for the ethical hackers. Many government organizations, MNC’s, big corporates, IT companies employ ethical hackers.
Q. What certification is needed to become an ethical hacker?
After doing the course in ethical hacking a person should take the V9 exam of CEH, which is equivalent to EC 312-50 exam.
Q. What is the initial salary which an ethical hacker gets in the beginning?
A fresher candidate of ethical hacking can get a salary in the range of ₹ 20,000 to ₹25, 000. In only 2 or 3 years of time his salary will go up to ₹50, 000 to ₹60, 000.