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Get into Ethical Hacking

How to become an Ethical Hacker

A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner.

The CEH credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective, but how do you get into ethical hacking? And what skills / experience do you require?

Demand for careers in Cyber Security is on the up and Ethical Hacking training is was one of the most popular security courses with our customers here at Focus on Training. In order to work in the security field it is invaluable to have solid background knowledge in IT, with many cyber security specialists migrating into roles for related disciplines like IT support or networking.

Those with existing knowledge and experience may already meet the pre-requisites for the CEH course and exam, however if you are looking to begin a career in cyber security then you may find it useful to start by gaining some initial IT experience and supplementing this with training / self-study to gain a broad overview of cyber security. This will give you familiarity with the types of threats and challenges you will encounter as your cyber security career progresses.

In terms of initial training you may want to consider courses that provide the following skills and knowledge:

  • General IT Skills: This would include courses such as CompTIA which provides an ideal route for those looking to establish careers in the IT support sector. The CompTIA A+ certification is the most widely recognised qualification for computer support technicians.
  • Networking: As you look to pursue a career in Ethical Hacking it will be vital to have a clear understanding of networks. With this in mind you might want to start working towards CCNA.
  • Specialist Security Courses: There is an array of specialist IT security courses and certifications. The particular courses you select will depend on your experience and long-term career ambitions. Popular courses include CISSP and CISM.

Gain the Knowledge & Experience to become a CEH

The Ethical Hacking qualification is a difficult and demanding program. Those wishing to take the course will be expected to have a wealth of background knowledge. The pre-requisites for the training offered by our partners require you to have equivalent knowledge of, although not necessarily the certifications, CCNA or MCSE.

It will also be of benefit to have or work towards knowledge in other areas, including programming and database technologies such as SQL.

Take the CEH Certification

Once you have gained the necessary knowledge and experience, you are ready to take the Certified Ethical Hacker training design to prepare you for the EC Council CEH Exam. We have courses in major cities thought the UK, including a regular schedule in London, Manchester and Birmingham. Our Certified Ethical Hacker courses include the exam.


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Having achieved the CEH certification, you may wish to work towards EC Council Certified Security Analyst.

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