Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Cybrary
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To assess the strength of your organization’s cybersecurity posture, you need to gather information, perform scanning and enumeration, and show how an adversary could hack into your systems. This ethical hacking course will give you those skills and prepare you for related certification exams so you can prove your capabilities.

Time
7 hours 6 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
7
4.8
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Module 13: Conclusion
Course Description

Students will also be introduced to a variety of attack types, including password cracking, DDoS, SQL injection, session hijacking, social engineering, and other hacking techniques. The course also covers an introduction to ethical hacking concepts and to hacking Web servers and Web applications. There are optional labs for this ethical hacking course that help students gain the hands-on hacking skills necessary to be successful on the job.

About Online Ethical Hacking Courses

If you are considering working in the cybersecurity industry, then ethical hacking courses will benefit you greatly. With Cybrary's online ethical hacking course, you will learn how to protect your network from cyber attackers by becoming an ethical hacker and learning to exploit networks yourself.

As the internet continues to advance, cybercrimes do as well. Criminals no longer need to leave their homes to commit crimes, they can do so easily with a few clicks of a mouse and an internet connection. While current technology has given us access to huge amounts of information on websites and mobile devices and simplified tasks like shopping, paying bills, and banking services, it has also given rise to the need for ethical hackers to battle cybercriminals. There is no better time than now to begin a career in the information security industry.

Ethical hackers are able to help private businesses, public organizations, and government agencies by infiltrating their secure systems to identify systems to identify flaws and weaknesses within those systems. They determine which system areas are hardened and which need additional security to help prevent threats to vulnerable networks, like malware attacks.

In this Ethical Hacking course, you will master objectives including:

  • Intrusion Detection
  • Policy Creation
  • Footprinting and Reconnaissance with Social Engineering and Google
  • DDoS Attacks
  • Buffer Overflows

Upon completion of the ethical hacking online training, students will have all the tools required for the development and application of an effective vulnerability identification strategy to prevent attackers from entering key systems.

What is Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing?

Ethical hacking involves the networking expert methodically attempting to penetrate a network, computer system, or web application as a service to the owner of the system to find security vulnerabilities that a malevolent hacker may be able to exploit.

While ethical hackers often use the same techniques and hacking tools to test and penetrate systems as their criminal counterparts, they do so to document vulnerabilities and provide system owners with advice on how to fix them, rather than taking advantage of the weaknesses. An ethical hacker is often called a "white hat" hacker because they learn ethical hacking to help rather than attack organizations.

An education in ethical hacking allows "white hat" hackers to evaluate the security of a system or network's infrastructure. It involves identifying and attempting to exploit any weaknesses to conclude if the potential for unauthorized access or other malicious or criminal activities exists. Weaknesses are often found in improper or poor system configuration, unknown and known computing or hardware flaws, and operational process weaknesses or technical countermeasures.

By taking ethical hacking courses, security professionals in the industry are able to identify and overcome these vulnerabilities and provide system owners with solutions, security, and peace of mind.

What Jobs Are Available for Ethical Hackers?

The cybersecurity job market is thriving, and it isn't expected to slow down anytime soon. Expectations predict growth from $75 billion in 2015 to a whopping $170 billion by the year 2020. Obtaining work in this industry can mean a great income, job security, and advancement potential. In 2017, nearly a quarter of a million jobs in the cybersecurity industry in the U.S. are unfilled and the growth of job postings in this area is up almost 75% over the last several years.

There are many business opportunities, including variations and specializations, available for professional ethical hackers in today's workforce.

Some common titles for professional hacking experts include: security consultant, ethical hacker, penetration tester, information security analyst, cybersecurity analyst, security engineer, security analysis, data security engineer, information security manager, digital forensics analyst, site administrator, and network security specialist.

In addition to careers in the corporate sector, there is ample opportunity for lucrative information security positions in top government agencies as well. The National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) are all federal agencies that use ethical hacking to maintain privacy and prevent unauthorized access to sensitive government information.

How Do I Become A Certified Ethical Hacker?

Once you complete this Ethical Hacking course (and any other applicable ethical hacking training courses), you may consider moving ahead and obtaining a certification that validates your knowledge and skills.

The first step toward ethical hacking certification may be some advanced study on penetration testing and ethical hacking strategies, depending on your experience, skills level, and overall knowledge. You can obtain resources to help you prepare for certification. When you are ready, you may opt to take the exam for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification, by the EC-Council, which is the most sought-after and recognizable certification available in this field. Alternatively you could pursue your OSCP, OSWE, OSED, or eCPPT certifications, as well.

Do I Have to Have Certifications to Get An Ethical Hacking Job?

While not all ethical hacking and penetration testing positions require that you have certifications, it is a valuable credential to present to new or potential employers, as it shows that you have a fundamental knowledge of how to protect their systems using ethical hacking and penetration testing as the cornerstone of your methodology.

The CEH certification involves an exam with 125 questions that you have four hours to complete, and terms require that you have a passing score of at least 70% to receive your certificate. You can contact the EC-Council for more information.

No longer will money have dominion over our ability to learn. Penetration testing and ethical hacking are skill sets as in-demand as anything else in the information security industry.

To best prepare for the CEH certification exam, check out our free CEH study guide, practice exam as an assessment of your education, and virtual lab (to get real world, hands-on experience). You can also prepare for your OSCP certification with Cybrary.

If you enjoy this course, be sure to view the Computer Forensics course or the Advanced Pentesting class next!