Well, Ethical hacking is for the people who love computing, have strong logic and ability to play with codes. Strong knowledge of mathematics added with good communication skill is required to become a successful ethical hacker.
Anyone can learn ethical hacking. The person need to be 18 years of age to take the examinations in ethical hacking. No formal qualification is required to become an ethical hacker. EC Council is the Certification Authority for Ethical Hackers.
Ethical hackers are also called white hat hackers; the term is used as they are certified professionals to get hired for the job.
Companies hiring ethical hackers may look for qualification in engineering / sciences together with certificate in ethical hacking. However, candidates from other academic backgrounds may also get equal opportunity to work.
An ethical hacker is a security expert hired by software firms / IT security firms etc to look for vulnerabilities in software and hardware and protect it. Please mind the gap; ethical hacking is not about peeping into others systems but its about protecting your own system by finding its weakness.
As part of ethical hacking training you will learn following courses
Module 01: Introduction to Ethical Hacking
Module 02: Footprinting and Reconnaissance
Module 03: Scanning Networks
Module 04: Enumeration
Module 05: System Hacking
Module 06: Trojans and Backdoors
Module 07: Viruses and Worms
Module 08: Sniffers
Module 09: Social Engineering
Module 10: Denial of Service
Module 11: Session Hijacking
Module 12: Hacking Webservers
Module 13: Hacking Web Applications
Module 14: SQL Injection
Module 15: Hacking Wireless Networks
Module 16: Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots
Module 17: Buffer Overflow
Module 18: Cryptography
Module 19: Penetration Testing
Some institutes may teach some more courses in addition to these or may be their own programs. You can find many institutes in your area offering courses in ethical hacking. However certificates shall be awarded by EC Council. Before you sell your money look for if your institute is meeting EC Council compliance. At the time of writing this article EC Council has already launched CEHv7 on 17th August 2017. Match the course curriculum of your institute with EC Council.
Joining an institute is not mandatory to learn ethical hacking. If you have a computer and internet connection, you can learn yourself and apply for certification. However, when you join coaching classes you get qualified teachers and group members for discussion. Whether you should join a course or study self is completely your choice. Apply for Ethical Hacking Certification
As a qualified Ethical Hacker you get chances to work with following type of companies
- IT and ITES companies
- All online businesses and organizations
- Diplomatic set ups
- Security installations
- Security agencies
- Defense organizations
- Telecommunication sector
- Immigration services
- Aviation industry
- Forensic Laboratories
A list of certified training providers in ethical hacking is available on EC Council official website