Security is always a hot topic in IT. In recent months, several large companies such as Target and eBay have suffered major security breaches. As a result, there’s always a need for IT security experts. One of the best ways to prevent security threats is to understand how hackers work.
Enter ethical hacking — a legal, contracted way to hack systems to help organizations tighten up their security! Sounds cool, doesn’t it?
We reached out to trainer James Conrad, who recently completed his “EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker v8.0” training course, to ask him why YOU should learn ethical hacking. Here’s what he had to say:
1. Just because you haven’t been hacked doesn’t mean you’re safe. Convincing workplace management that security is a serious concern has, at times, been difficult. It could be that the company has never experienced a security breach, so the company feels it must be pretty secure already. This is a lot like saying, “I’ve never been in a car wreck, so I don’t need auto insurance.” Several recent security breaches of major organizations have caused many to reconsider their own lax security postures.
2. It’s a worthwhile investment. It is sometimes hard to invest the dollars into security training, especially when budgets are already tight. However, the cost of learning is substantially lower than the cost of a security breach. In addition to the financial cost, it might also be difficult to invest the time required to learn about security and ethical hacking. But once again, a security breach can be very messy and destructive. Preventing a potential security breach requires much less time than fixing one.
3. All knowledge is power. Some recent hacks have actually been executed using simple hacking methods that you could learn in the Certified Ethical Hacker course. While it’s certainly true that many hacks require skillful shellcoding know-how and experience, many other effective hacking techniques are actually quite simple. For example, in ethical hacking, you will learn how to perform attacks that allow you to abscond with user passwords, compromise web servers, take root ownership of a system, and much more — all without programming or shellcoding experience.
4. It’s ethical. It’s only unethical if you enjoy it. Just kidding! Ethical hackers agree to only test security measures on systems they have legal, contractual permission to test. Or, they can always attack their own closed systems where no other systems are affected. An ethical hacker learns what unethical hackers would do and how they would do it. This helps us to counteract unethical attacks on victims.
5. It’s fun! There’s a great feeling of satisfaction that comes from successfully compromising a system!
Want to learn more? Check out James’ new “EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker v8.0” training course.
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