The developments in the technological world brought along an unwanted guest: hackers, who seek and exploit the weaknesses in a computer network. Gaining access to people’s important work and files, they were a nuisance. But as the saying goes, ‘To beat a hacker, you need to think like one.’ Identifying the threat and its source, various initiatives were taken to counter it and use the knowledge of the systems in an ethical way. And thus, the concept of ethical hacking came into being.
An ethical hacker is an individual who attempts to penetrate the computer systems in a similar way as the hackers but the former use their skills and knowledge for a better cause. The course is so popular now that a lot of focus is given on it and specialized institutes have come up providing expertise of the domain.
But what is Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) ?
CertifiedEthicalHacking: It is a qualification that uses penetration techniques to assess the security of computer systems. It is the world’s most advanced ethical hacking course. The course prepares a candidate for EC- Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50. It covers 19 of the most current security areas whose knowledge is required by the ethical hackers to beef up the security of the systems and the organization from the unethical hackers.
The code for CEH exam is 312-50. The latest certification version is Version 8 (V8).
Areas covered: The examination 312-50 tests Certified Ethical Hacking candidates on the following domains-
- Introduction to ethical hacking
- Foot printing and reconnaissance
- Scanning networks
- System hacking
- Trojans and backdoors
- Viruses and worms
- Social engineering
- Denial of services
- Session hijacking
- Hacking web servers
- Hacking web applications
- SQL Injection
- Hacking wireless networks
- Evading IDS, Firewalls and Honeypots
- Buffer overflow
- Penetration testing
CEH V8 examination cost: The cost of the Certified Ethical Hacking course varies from nation to nation. In the United States, Version 7 and Version 8 exams cost US $500 for the actual test and US $100 as a non-refundable fee for registration.
In India, Indian School of Ethical Hacking (ISEH) prepares the candidates for Rs 36000 where other necessary kits are provided for better understanding of the subject.
Way ahead: Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) trains candidates in ethical hacking and network security to meet the standards of highly skilled security professionals. Many tools and techniques have been developed to provide assistance to the ethical hackers working in the domain. In addition, researches are being carried out to uncover the techniques used by ‘the underground community.’