The Nitty-Gritty Of Being An Ethical Hacker

This is a guest post by Monta.

Ethical hacking is a fairly old profession. As a matter of fact, the U.S government employed hackers to penetrate its computer security systems in the 1970s. Since then, ethical hackers have played an integral role in maintaining the computer security systems of many organizations.

Ethical Hacker

Benefits of Ethical Hacking:

  1. Protection from anti-terrorism: With advancements in technology, terrorism has assumed a more sophisticated angle. Ethical hackers sniff out terrorism threats by identifying any loopholes in the country’s security systems.
  2. Adequate security preparations: Hackers also enable the country to ready itself for any security breaches. They help the security authorities to seal potential security pitfalls by forewarning them.
  3. Improve computer systems: Companies that employ the services of ethical hackers can insulate themselves from unscrupulous hackers. This is possible when these professionals unearth any tricks that malicious hackers can use to infiltrate the systems.

How to Become an Ethical Hacker?

Those who want to become ethical hackers must fulfill certain conditions. These requirements include:
  1. Gain formal training: As is the case with most careers, ethical hacking requires formal training. The would-be ethical hackers must have an experience in Information Technology (IT).
  2. Gain A+ certification: As part of their formal training, hackers must gain their A+ certifications. This will enable them to acquire a technical support position while preparing to scale the ladders of their experience.
  3. Acquire additional certification: The next step after gaining the A+ certification is the acquisition of a CCNA or Network+ certification. It is a mandatory requirement for would-be hackers to gain an administrative role.
  4. Earn security certifications: Earning a CISSP, TISCA or Security+ certification is important for elevation to the post of an information security officer. At this stage, prospective ethical hackers will gain access to the necessary materials for penetration testing.
  5. Acquire a CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certificate: The CEH certificate opens the way for prospective hackers to market themselves. They can acquire this certification from the EC-Council (International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants).
  6. Possess adequate knowledge of related fields: Potential ethical hackers must also familiarize themselves with other fields. For example, they can engage in activities like programming, database management and analysis of Linux/Unix commands.
  7. Equip oneself with soft skills: Ethical hacking requires possession of soft skills besides its technical aspect. They include good communication skills, dedication, astute work ethics and problem-solving skills.
It is important to remember that ethical hacking is a challenging task. This is due to the temptations of crossing over to the dark side. As such, ethical hackers can turn on their employers by breaching the security system or infecting it with harmful elements. All ethical hackers must live by the name of the profession. This involves staying legal always.

About the author:

Monta the mother of three children serves as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance. She is a regular contributor of “nanny jobs”. You can get in touch with her at montafleming6Atgmail dotcom.

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