July 16, 2013 | Category: Training and Certification | Tags: , , Views: 6245

Want to Become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)?

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Here are the Answers to all of your CEH Questions!

Many people hear the term Ethical Hacker and find it to be a paradox. What is an ethical hacker? In the industry it simply refers to an IT professional that understands the same techniques, tools, and methodologies utilized in the world of hacking. Through this understanding it allows a security professional to effectively defend their network from a hacker’s attack. As the saying goes it’s best to keep your enemies close and through becoming a CEH you essentially learn how to think and act like a hacker and then use that information against them.

CEH is obtainable for anyone at any level in information technology. Yes, that means you can have the lowest of knowledge in information technology and still become a Certified Ethical Hacker. It is recommended that you have at least some knowledge of the OSI model and how information moves throughout the various levels but it is completely possible for an individual with no prior knowledge to obtain this certification.

Open Source Hacking

CEH training primarily focuses on using open source tools and technologies for attacks, the same tools hackers will use. Throughout the course you will be exposed to tools such as Nessus, Metasploit, or Maltego that should you choose to utilize them within your personal or professional environment will require purchase. In addition, many online tools like Netcraft.com and archive.org will be used for information gathering. Ultimately, however, Certified Ethical Hacker focuses on open source tools so students will get valuable exposure to Offensive Security’s Backtrack 5 toolkit. To learn more about the free and inexpensive tools utilized in a penetration test, including Backtrack 5, read our blog post Penetration Testing: Tools for Attack.

DoD 8570 Compliant

Any person who is in a government position understands the 8570 requirements that are in place over the Department of Defense and all affiliated organizations. Through the DoD Directive 8570, the CEH certification matches almost all the requirements for Computer Network Defender (CND) positions.  However, it is important to remember that many of the tools and techniques taught within a CEH training course will not be permitted within a government workspace due to the open source nature.

CEH Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Is Certified Ethical Hacker an intense course?

The simple answer to this is no. The CEH course is designed to walk you through phases of understanding. There are plenty of exercises that will allow you to piece together the steps a “Hacker” goes through in order to perform their attacks. Additionally, there are explanations and references easily accessible at every turn.

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Do I need Certified Ethical Hacker as a Security Professional?

Certified Ethical Hacker is an industry standard across the board and it is acknowledged by many organizations. Whether you already know the information or not, throughout the training course you may exposed to a new tool or different means of using tools, such as Nessus or Metasploit. Finally it’s just awesome to say “I’m a Certified Ethical Hacker” at an interview or have it seen on your resume and it makes you stand out.

How awesome of a hacker will I be if I take Certified Ethical Hacker?

Being a Hacker is all about understanding systems and how data is processed, sent, and interpreted in information systems thus you will be a “hacker” at heart when you complete the course. The course will not teach you how to “hack” a bank directly but you will gain the knowledge of how to utilize tools capable of doing so. While you have the knowledge to maliciously hack any system, keep in mind it is still illegal to do so and when caught, appropriate action will be taken. Also understand if you choose to dive deeper into malicious acts, security professionals with credentials similar to yours will be working against you.

Is CEH the end of the road or can I take other courses to further develop my skills?

EC-Council, the creator of CEH, produced a number of other courses to pursue as a security professional. ECSA/LPT or Licensed Penetration Tester is the second level course built directly off Certified Ethical Hacker. It is a prerequisite to already have completed CEH and pass the exam before taking Licensed Penetration Tester. To learn more about how you can become a Licensed Penetration Tester visit our guide on How to Become a LPT.

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