WHAT DOES AN ETHICAL HACKER DO?

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In cybersecurity, Ethical hacker is the fast-growing and most in-demand positions. Ransomware attacks, compromised networks, and information security vulnerabilities cost businesses millions every year. They help them find the hidden weaknesses or vulnerabilities of the companies/organizations before someone else (bad guys) do.

What is an Ethical Hacker?

Ethical hackers use their computer science, social engineering, and network security skills for good (and legal) purposes, unlike black-hat hackers who use those same skills for negative (and illegal) purposes.

They are also known as a white-hat hacker. Companies hire ethical hackers to verify the vulnerabilities of a system and come up with its counter solutions. They use the same tools that a black-hat hacker would detect potential access point and weakness in a network.

"To beat a hacker, you have to think like one" – Ethical Hacking Council.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Those looking to start a career in ethical hacking can do the Certified Ethical Haker certification, also known as CEH certification. This training prepares for the fundamentals of ethical hacking. Professionals learn the basics of computer systems and operating systems along with the common hacking tools. In addition, it will also introduce more advanced techniques around penetration testing, blocking cyberattacks, cybercrime countermeasures, firewall testings, and more.

CEH training isn't just for beginners. The Certified Ethical Hacker training includes many new things and techniques that even cybersecurity professionals might not know.

Who Hires Ethical Hackers?

Every type of private, public and government organizations hires Ethical Hackers. For example:

  • Financial institutions
  • Ecommerce marketplaces 
  • SaaS companies 
  • Data centres and cloud computing companies 
  • Local, state, and federal government bodies 
  • Entertainment and media providers 

Companies are hiring ethical hackers and penetration testers because of the rise in cybercrime; with their help, they can be one step ahead of malicious hackers. As per Payscale, the average salary for a Certified Ethical Hacker is over $90,000 a year.

Ethical Hacking Career: Job Profiles

An ethical hacker can try for the following roles:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)
  • Information Security Manager
  • Penetration Tester

Ethical hacker jobs can be found as a standalone or as a part of IT security. Job seekers can also reach out directly to CTO's, IT recruiters, and network admins to find open positions.

For more information on cybersecurity, you can check our blog section.

You can also check our Cybersecurity Certification Training which comes with instructor-led training and real-life experience. 

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