What is CEH?
The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is one of the most important certifications for information security professionals. Also known as a white hat hacker, this highly experienced individual tries to access computer systems and networks. He/she does this with the purpose of identifying loopholes that could be exploited by malicious hackers.
Sponsored by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), the aim of supporting CEH is to establish, maintain standards and credentials for ethical hacking as a profession.
How does it operate?
CEH courses teach that offense is your best defense. While other certifications focus solely on defensive tactics like firewall configuration, the CEH is actually taught how to hack. The skill is then strengthened with defensive countermeasures. This way the CEH professional has a more comprehensive security outlook of the organization.
There is just one major difference between an unethical hacker and a white hat hacker; the legal backing. While the CEH operates within the confines of the law to assess the security risks of a network or system, the unethical hacker doesn’t.
There are few things to note about CEH
- It often requires a first degree in Computer Science or any related field. A career professional with extensive experience in different programming languages and coding also has an edge here
- According to the United States Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), opportunities in this field is estimated to rise up to 28 percent by 2026. This is far greater than a projected job growth of 7 percent for all professions combined.
- The information security field is constantly changing so the CEH course must evolve. It is presently in its ninth edition. Likewise the cyber security professional has to stay updated.
- The CEH has one main goal; prevent intruders from accessing computer systems that they work with.
- They are usually well paid. According to BLS, the average annual income for cyber security professionals in 2017, was about $95,000.
- It is not unusual for blue chip companies to hire former unethical hackers who may have previously accessed their data. They are hired to act in the capacity of white hat hackers. This is very common in the western hemisphere.
- Cyber security has and will continue to attract a lot of interest as most companies are unprepared in dealing with online security threats.
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