Today we are living in the age of cybernetics or information and communication system. It is the power and technology of informationand communication only that has interconnected every part of the globe. The idea of 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 is 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. Hackersare 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’.
What is Certified Ethical Hacking?
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 certifiedethical 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 from an accredited training centre.
Career and Job
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 many other important information get exchanged. Hence it becomes utmost important that these important information it should not fall into wrong hands. Some of the government organizations like Defense, Nuclear, and Energy, keep many secret information which if passed to enemy nation could prove fatal. It needs to be protected from hackers.
Areas of Employment
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 information system can easily get a high paying job in the related areas.
A person can also become a practicing freelancer and get many projects to work upon. There are many organization and companies which approach such freelancers to work for them.
Important Skills of Ethical Hackers
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 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 claimin his experience, soon his salary will go up. In just 2 or 3 years of time a professional certified hackers get ₹50, 000 or ₹ 60,000 salary.