What kind of salary can I expect as an ethical hacker?
A certified ethical hacker's salary can vary. According to LightCast, the median salary of a certified ethical hacker is $110,500. Additionally, the EC-Council reports that 97% of IT professionals choose C|EH for career growth.
What is ethical hacking? What does an ethical hacker do?
Ethical hacking is attempting to bypass a particular system's security to identify threats and the potential for data breaches within a network. Unlike malicious hacking, this process of ethical hacking is planned, authorized, and completely legal. By locating potential threats and weaknesses, companies can strengthen and reinforce their networks—shielding them against future attacks.
What job titles are most common for people who hold the EC-Council CEH certifications?
Professionals who obtain the EC-Council CEH certification will open the door to a variety of in-demand ethical hacking jobs and cybersecurity roles, such as:
- Cybersecurity Analyst
- Cybersecurity Manager
- Information Security Analyst
- Security Analyst
- Network Security Engineer
These certifications are ideal for any IT professional wanting to learn about ethical hacking.
Does this course prepare you for a certification?
Yes, you will be prepared for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam and receive an exam voucher with your enrollment.
To sit for the CEH exam, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Complete the exam application
- The CEH (ANSI) program requires the candidate to have two years of work experience in the Information Security domain and should be able to provide a proof of the same as validated through the application process unless the candidate attends official training.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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What makes the Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures course different from other courses in the market?
The course on Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures is designed to equip candidates for the CEH exam provided by EC-Council. It is centered on hacking methods and technology from an offensive viewpoint. The course is kept up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, including new hacking methods, attacks, automated programs, and defensive recommendations from experts. The CEH curriculum is a comprehensive collection of insights from various security experts, academics, industry practitioners, and the security community.
Aren't tools meant for script kiddies?
Does it matter if an elite hacker writes a buffer overflow or a script kiddy runs a tool if the target system gets compromised anyway? The point of emphasis here is that the enemy may be intellectually great or small, but he requires just one port of entry to wreck damage while the organization has the entire perimeter to guard with limited time and resources.
Isn't this knowledge harmful? Why do you make it available so easily to the public?
EC-Council fulfills its social responsibility by ensuring that only persons with a minimum of two years of security related experience are eligible for the course. In addition, all candidates are required to sign an agreement where they agree to respect the knowledge acquired and not misuse it in any way. The candidate also agrees to abide by all legal laws of the land in the use of thus acquired knowledge. Besides the CEH exam is a tough one to pass as students must have in-depth knowledge to achieve the globally recognized ethical hacking certification.
What can I take back to my organization if I certify as a CEH?
EC-Council believes in giving back to the security community as it has partaken of it. When you are a Certified Ethical Hacker, you are more than a security auditor or a vulnerability tester or a penetration tester alone. You are exposed to security checklists that will help you audit the organization's information assets, tools which will check for vulnerabilities that can be exploited and above all a methodology to assess the security posture of your organization by doing a penetration test against it. In short, the knowledge you will acquire has practical value to make your work place a more secure and efficient one.
It is all too technical. Do you reflect real-world business issues?
The value of CEH lies in its practical value. Over 20 domains, students are exposed to the business risks involved and the potential damage that can result due to negligence. Candidates are able to make an evaluated opinion regarding the acceptable risk an organization can face should it choose to address a security concern.
What is the employment value of CEH?
The ANSI accredited Ethical Hacking course is primarily targeted at security professionals who want to acquire a well-rounded body of knowledge to have better opportunities in this field. Acquiring a CEH means the candidate has a minimum baseline knowledge of security threats, risks and countermeasures. Organizations can rest assured that they have a candidate who is more than a systems administrator, a security auditor, a hacking tool analyst or a vulnerability tester. The candidate is assured of having both business and technical knowledge.
Where does CEH stand when compared to other educational offerings in the field of information Security?
Consider this. A security defense course educates regarding proper configuration, firewalls, or rather preemptive security. CEH takes the alternative approach - defense in depth by attacking the systems. This is in sharp contrast to courses that teach defensive tactics alone. CEH imparts offensive tactics supplemented with defensive countermeasures. This ensures that the CEH professional can have a holistic security perspective of the organization.
I would like to provide professional service as a CEH professional. What can I expect to be paid per assignment?
The remuneration per assignment will vary with specifics of the client environment. However, on an average you can expect to be paid around $15,000 to $ 45,000 per assignment.
I am a CEH. What is my level?
Congratulations on becoming a CEH. You have joined elite group of professionals around the world. Your next level is to become a Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT).
What is "Hacking techniques and technology"?
Hacking techniques represent ways and means by which computer programs can be made to behave in ways they are not meant to. These techniques extend beyond the technology domain and can be applied to test security policies and procedures. Hacking technology is used to refer to those tools and automated programs that can be used by perpetrators against an organization to incur critical damage. As technology advances, the skill required to execute a hack is much lesser as pre-compiled programs are available to effect havoc with simple point and click.