Certified Ethical Hacking

Facing the Modern Magician

How do you stop a hacker? Everybody knows that hackers are dauntless cyber sleuths, computer wizards who adroitly slip through firewalls and wriggle through network defenses. They appear to be modern magicians who baffle even the biggest corporations.

Actually, there is no magic to being a hacker. While it does take pinch of genius and perhaps a handful of hard work, hacking is a skill, and to stop a hacker, one must think like a hacker. But isn’t that crossing the line? Isn’t hacking a crime?

The answer to this daunting question comes from EC-Council, a global organization adept at strengthening information security by arming the good guys. In its more than 10 years of history, EC-Council has developed bona fide programs that have certified over 100,000 individuals. Their cutting edge training lineup features multiple world renowned certifications.

Certified Ethical Hacker

EC-Council believes defeating hackers means staying one step ahead. Therefore, they have created and are constantly refining their Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course. A CEH’s job is to find security flaws so that they can be fixed before harm can be done. According to EC-Council, a CEH is a professional “who can be trusted undertake an attempt to penetrate networks and/or computer systems using the same methods and techniques as a Hacker.”


Although being a CEH may not come with a lovely assistant, what’s not to like about a name badge that says “hacker” on it? Of course, one’s income definitely won’t get sawed in half. In fact, professionals who have put forth the effort to obtain CEH can expect more experience, promotion, and, yes, pay.

Like any other IT profession, being an ethical hacker takes experience and skill. Still, Eric Geier from PCWorld observed that since the IT field (and the security profession in particular) is flourishing, certified ethical hackers can expect to make between $50,000 and $100,000 soon after they enter the field. This, and certified ethical hackers get to, well, be hackers.

The words “certified” and “ethical,” however, are paramount qualifications for the job. Geier further noted that companies are looking for highly trustworthy individuals, and possessing any sort of security clearance is pure gold. Also, be ready for at least a background check.

Stepping Behind the Curtain

Becoming a CEH requires more than smoke and mirrors. With a slippery subject like hacking, one can only expect to confront a constantly changing field and highly technical content. The best way to succeed with EC-Council’s certification is to enroll in a CEH course with a qualified instructor.

Intellectual Point is looking forward to again offering a course [this June]. Remember to stay tuned for more looks at recent certifications and training.

Stopping the wiles of hackers requires training, certification, and a few tricks up the professional sleeve. Becoming a certified ethical hacker that can stay one step ahead of cyber prestidigitators opens a highly rewarding career.

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Drew Meadows is a freelance writer who enjoys learning about new topics and sharing his knowledge. His passions are studying history, playing the guitar and cooking. To contact the author please email him at info@intellectualpoint.com

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