Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cetrification in Ethical Hacking

Wanna become a hacker?

Now is the chance to hack corporate networks without worrying legal suits. Become a Certified Ethical Hacker. An ethical hacker works to identify vulnerabilities in computer systems so they can be made less susceptible to criminal hackers' malicious attacks. Without breaking laws or stealing data, ethical hackers uncover weaknesses by attacking IT systems using the same under-the-radar techniques criminal hackers employ. A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker.

"Ethical hackers typically have very strong programming and computer networking skills and have been in the computer and networking business for several years. ... These base skills are augmented with detailed knowledge of the hardware and software provided by the more popular computer and networking hardware vendors." says C.C. Palmer, an IBM technologist.

An ethical hacker's evaluation of a system's security seeks answers to three basic questions:

  • What can an intruder see on the target systems?
  • What can an intruder do with that information?
  • Does anyone at the target notice the intruder's attempts or successes?

While the first and second of these are clearly important, the third is even more important: If the owners or operators of the target systems do not notice when someone is trying to break in, the intruders can, and will, spend weeks or months trying and will usually eventually succeed.

EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants) provides certification in ethical hacking (CEH). The CEH Program certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. The Certified Ethical Hacker certification will fortify the application knowledge of security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators, and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of the network infrastructure.

You need to undergo CES training before passing exam. CEH training is typically an intense, five-day course that emphasizes the creative, ever-changing ways hackers gain access to IT systems. "Labs take students through real-world scenarios, which require them to use creativity and demonstrate the ability to solve unusual problems," says Steven DeFino, a course instructor at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers in Salt Lake City.

CEH courses are offered at EC-Council-authorized training centers around the world. Topics covered include:

  • Perimeter defenses.
  • Hacking tools.
  • Session hijacking.
  • Password cracking.
  • Firewall evasion.
  • Intrusion detection.

More Information on CEH

CEH Certification Path

Ethical Hacking Explained

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