Ethical Hacking

What is

Ethical Hacking?

The Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) credentialing and training program provided by EC-Council is a respected and trusted ethical hacking program in the industry. Since the inception of Certified Ethical Hacker in 2003, the credential has become one of the best options for industries and companies across the world. The C|EH exam is ANSI 17024 compliant, adding value and credibility to credential members. It is also listed as a baseline certification in the US Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570 and is a GCT (GCHQ Certified Training).

Today, you can find Certified Ethical Hackers working with some of the finest and largest companies across industries like healthcare, financial, government, energy and much more!

An Ethical Hacker Answers

the Following Questions:

Ethical hackers learn and perform hacking in a professional manner, based on the direction of the client, and later, present a maturity scorecard highlighting their overall risk and vulnerabilities and suggestions to improve.

Importance of

Ethical Hacking?


Government agencies and business organizations today are in constant need of ethical hackers to combat the growing threat to IT security. A lot of government agencies, professionals and corporations now understand that if you want to protect a system, you cannot do it by just locking your doors

– says Jay Bavisi, CEO of EC-Council.

In the dawn of international conflicts, terrorist organizations funding cybercriminals to breach security systems, either to compromise national security features or to extort huge amounts by injecting malware and denying access. Resulting in the steady rise of cybercrime. Organizations face the challenge of updating hack-preventing tactics, installing several technologies to protect the system before falling victim to the hacker.
New worms, malware, viruses, and ransomware are multiplying every day and is creating a need for ethical hacking services to safeguard the networks of businesses, government agencies or defense.

Benefits of

Ethical Hacking?

The primary benefit of ethical hacking is to prevent data from being stolen and misused by malicious attackers, as well as:

Discovering vulnerabilities from an attacker’s POV so that weak points can be fixed.

Implementing a secure network that prevents security breaches.

Defending national security by protecting data from terrorists.

Gaining the trust of customers and investors by ensuring the security of their products and data.

Helping protect networks with real-world assessments.

Types of

Ethical Hacking?

It is no big secret that any system, process, website, device, etc., can be hacked. In order to understand how the hack might happen and what the damage could be, ethical hackers must know how to think like malicious hackers and know the tools and techniques they are likely to use.


Types of

Hackers

Hackers are of different types and are named based on their intent of the hacking system. Broadly, there are two main hackers – White-Hat hacker and Black-Hat hacker. The names are derived from old Spaghetti Westerns, where the good guy wears a white hat and the bad guy wears a black hat.

Phases of

Ethical Hacking

Planning and Reconnaissance:

The first step in ethical hacking is to define the scope and goals of a test as well as the testing methods to be followed. It also addresses intelligence to understand the potential vulnerabilities and how a target works. The prospective footprinting is made through search engines, web services, social network sites, DNS, email, network, etc. by using footprinting tools.

Scanning:

In the second step, scanning is performed to understand how a target reacts to various intrusion attempts, in two ways – when the application’s code is static and when the application’s code is functioning. The later is the most practical way to understand the application’s performance in real-time.

Gaining Access:

This is a crucial step where the web application is attacked using SQL injections, cross-site scripting, backdoors, etc. to find the vulnerabilities and then exploit them by stealing, intercepting traffic, and interfering privileges to understand the amount of damage that it can cause.

Maintaining Access:

In this step of penetration testing, the vulnerability is used as a persistent presence for a long duration in the infected system in order to steal sensitive information or to spread inside the network, quickly gaining access to the server.

Analysis:

The final stage of a penetration test is to compile the result by analyzing and commenting about the vulnerabilities exploited, access to the data, and the amount of time that the tester can remain unnoticed in the system.

The various phases listed above form part of EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacking Certification program. In the first 6 modules, our CEH program teaches how to reconnaissance, scan, enumeration and its techniques and vulnerability analysis. In further modules of CEH, you can learn Malware Threats, Sniffing, Types of Hacking including social engineering, and DDoS, Evading IDS, Firewalls and Honeypots, SQL Injections, Hacking web services, mobile IoT, and more.

Our Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) Certification Track

EC-Council’s Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) course encapsulates various independent certification programs in order to deliver outstanding training and learning. The VAPT course structure is as follows:

At its core, the VAPT includes three certifications:

CND: Certified Network Defender

The Certified Network Defender (CND) certification program focuses on creating network administrators who are trained in protecting, detecting, and responding to threats on a network. The course contains hands-on labs based on major network security tools and techniques which will provide network administrators real-world expertise on current network security technologies and operations. For more details on the CND program, visit the course page.

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CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker

The C|EH credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. This is the world’s most advanced certified online ethical hacking training with 20 of the most current security domains needed to improve the information security posture of an organization. For more details on the C|EH program, visit the course page.

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CEH (Practical): Certified Ethical Hacker

C|EH Practical is a six-hour exam that requires you to demonstrate the application of ethical hacking techniques such as threat vector identification, network scanning, OS detection, vulnerability analysis, system hacking, web app hacking, etc. to solve a security audit challenge. This is the next step after you have attained the Certified Ethical Hacker certification. For further information on C|EH (Practical), visit the course page.

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Certified Ethical Hacker (Master)

C|EH (Master) is the world’s first performance-based ethical hacking industry readiness certification, that is verified, online, live, and proctored.

C|EH Master is the next evolution for the world-renowned Certified Ethical Hacker credential and a logical ‘next step’ for those holding the prestigious certification. Earning the C|EH Master designation is your way of saying, “I learned it, I understood it, and I proved it.”

EC-Council will award the C|EH (Master) certification to you if you clear the C|EH certification and the C|EH (Practical) credential.

Become a C|EH (Master) by clearing the C|EH (Practical) exam here

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At the advanced level, the VAPT certification track includes three certifications:

C|TIA: Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst

The Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst (CTIA) program was developed in collaboration with cybersecurity and threat intelligence experts across the globe to help organizations identify and mitigate business risks by converting unknown internal and external threats into known threats. It is a comprehensive, specialist-level program that teaches a structured approach for building effective threat intelligence. Visit the course page to learn more about the C|TIA program.

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ECSA: EC-Council Certified Security Analyst

The ECSA program offers a seamless learning progression, continuing where the CEH program leaves off. Unlike most other pen-testing programs that only follow a generic kill chain methodology, the ECSA presents a set of comprehensive methodologies that cover different pentesting requirements across different verticals. Visit our course page to learn more about the ECSA program.

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ECSA (Practical): EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (Practical)

The ECSA (Practical) tests your ability to perform threat and exploit research, understand exploits in the wild, write your own exploits, customize payloads, and make critical decisions at different phases of a pentesting engagement that can make or break the whole assessment. Visit our course page to know more about ECSA (Practical) program.

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At the expert level, the VAPT certification track has one certification:

LPT (Master): Licensed Penetration Tester (Master)

The LPT program was created to turn you into a master in pentesting methodologies and tools by giving you the hardest challenges in a timed environment, just like the real world. Your pen testing skills will be challenged over three levels, each with three challenges, against a multi-layered network architecture with defense-in-depth controls. You will be required to make knowledgeable decisions under immense pressure at critical stages while selecting your approach and exploits.

The Advanced Penetration Testing Course by EC-Council was created as the progression after the ECSA (Practical) to prepare you to challenge the Licensed Penetration Tester (Master) certification and be recognized as an elite penetration testing professional. For more details on the LPT (Master) course, visit our course page.

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