Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Ethical Hacking - for the greater good

People often ask us what ethical hacking is all about, or who an ethical hacker really is and what he really does. Here is an overview on the certification and the profile of an 'ethical hacker' -

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is professional certification provided by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council). An ethical hacker is usually employed by an organisation who trusts him or her to attempt to penetrate the company's networks and/or computer systems. An ethical hacker uses the same methods as of a hacker, but his purpose is of finding and fixing computer security vulnerabilities.

The motto for Certified Ethical Hacker training is "If you want to beat the attackers, you have got to think like a hacker". To become a CEH, one has to gain a certification in the EC-Council: Certified Ethical Hacker exam.

The Certified Ethical Hacker Version 7 was widely anticipated, and has a lot of significant changes compared to v6.1. While the CEH version 6.1 included over 20 modules, the v7 introduces more than 40 modules, although only a few appear in the final certification exam. CEH v7 contains the content from the previous versions such as network surveying, service identification and competitive intelligence, but also introduces new threats, which also include Bluetooth hacking.

Firebrand Training is THE official partner of EC-Council for delivery of their certification programs in Europe. We have once again been named as their Authorized Training Centre of the Year. We have certified hundreds of ethical hackers.