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WHAT IS ETHICAL HACKING?
The term ‘Hacker’ was coined in the 1960s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to describe experts who used their skills to re-develop mainframe systems, increasing their efficiency and allowing them to multi-task.
Nowadays, the term routinely describes skilled programmers who gain unauthorized access into computer systems by exploiting weaknesses or using bugs, motivated either by malice or mischief. For example, a hacker can create algorithms to crack passwords, penetrate networks, or even disrupt network services.
Ethical Hacking is an authorized practice of bypassing system security to identify potential data breaches and threats in a network. The company that owns the system or network allows Cyber Security engineers to perform such activities in order to test the system’s defenses. Thus, unlike malicious hacking, this process is planned, approved, and more importantly, legal.
Ethical hackers aim to investigate the system or network for weak points that malicious hackers can exploit or destroy. They collect and analyze the information to figure out ways to strengthen the security of the system/network/applications. By doing so, they can improve the security footprint so that it can better withstand attacks or divert them.
BENEFITS OF ETHICAL HACKING
Protection against cybercrime is a must. Companies and governments globally are facing an ever-increasing risk of cybercrime as every day cyber-attacks become more aggressive and extreme. Current annual cost from cybercrime to the global economy run into billions of dollars and this will only increase. Organizations need to take more measures to protect their assets. Ethical Hacking is such a measure: a well-known method of duplicating the intent and actions of malicious hackers in order to locate, evaluate and resolve hardware and software vulnerabilities. This is the only true way to test for resilience to cybercrime.
Learning Ethical Hacking involves studying the mindset and techniques of hackers and testers to learn how to identify and correct vulnerabilities within networks. Studying ethical hacking can be applied by security pros across industries and in a multitude of sectors. This sphere includes network defender, risk management, and quality assurance tester.
However, the most obvious benefit of learning ethical hacking is its potential to inform, improve and defend corporate networks. The primary threat to any organization's security is a hacker: learning, understanding, and implementing how hackers operate can help network defenders prioritize potential risks and learn how to remediate them best. Additionally, getting an ethical hacking training or certifications can benefit those who are seeking a new role in the security realm or those wanting to demonstrate skills and quality to their organization.
iLEARN ETHICAL HACKING CERTIFICATION PATHWAYS
iLEARN offers the following certification pathways in the Ethical Hacking area:
EXIN Ethical Hacking
Ethical Hacking is increasingly required as a pre-emptive measure to ensure malicious hackers are not successful in their efforts to access your systems. By simulating such attacks, organizations can analyse or identify weak spots and determine how they need to improve their security measures. EXIN’s Ethical Hacking certification program offers IT professionals the background knowledge around different approaches including web-based hacking, system penetration, and network sniffing. This program lays the groundwork for a thorough understanding of Ethical Hacking and its applications.
- EXIN Ethical Hacking Foundation
SECO Institute Ethical Hacking Foundation
SECO Institute Ethical Hacking Foundation offers an intensive hands-on introduction to ethical hacking. The course has been specifically designed for beginners with little or no programming experience. In Ethical Hacking Foundation, you will learn to hack by doing it in a risk-free virtual lab environment. You will understand how hackers think and work, and you will try your hand at various hacking techniques, including Wi-Fi hacking, web vulnerability scanning, SQL injection, password cracking and file inclusion. At the end of the course, you will use your newly acquired hacking skills to perform a basic black-box penetration test.