Hacking is a skill. And like any other career, you have to be equipped with some requisite skills to be successful.
A career in IT Security or Cyber Security strives on one’s knowledge and skills in hacking.
Information security professionals can take preventive security practices to the next level by learning how to hack.
To be a successful IT security professional there is a must need to master the art of hacking. This doesn’t make you a criminal as people may think.
In this post, we are going to explain to you what Ethical Hacking is about, what it involves and how to start a career in this field as a student or working professional. And the bonus; you get a discount offer to study at one of the best IT Security firms in Accra.
Let’s start by understanding some basic terminologies.
What is hacking
Hacking is identifying weakness and vulnerabilities of some system and gaining access to it.
Who is an ethical hacker
An ethical hacker is “a computer and networking expert who systematically attempts to penetrate a computer system or network on behalf of its owners for the purpose of finding security vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could potentially exploit.” It is important to note that by definition, what makes this type of hacking ethical is that it is done with express permission from the target.
If and when a vulnerability is found, an ethical hacker will document the issues and offer advice on how to fix the problems. Typically, an organization who employs an ethical hacker does so to evaluate their security posture.
Any organization that has a network connected to the Internet or provides an online service should consider subjecting it to a penetration test. We will encourage business owners in Ghana who are conscious of growth and the security of their systems and data to consider hiring an ethical hacker or getting its IT staff trained.
A hacker gets unauthorized access by targeting system while ethical hacker has an official permission in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s).
There are some types of hackers, a bit of “terminology”.
White hat — ethical hacker.
Black hat — classical hacker, get unauthorized access.
Grey hat — person who gets unauthorized access but reveals the weaknesses to the company.
Script kiddie — person with no technical skills just used pre-made tools.
Hacktivist — person who hacks for some idea and leaves some messages. For example strike against copyright.
Why Ethical hacking
- Information is one of the most valuable assets of an organization. Keeping information secure can protect an organization’s image and save an organization a lot of money.
- Hacking can lead to loss of business for organizations that deal in finance e.g financial institutions. Ethical hacking puts them a step ahead of the cyber criminals who would otherwise lead to loss of business.
There are various organizations that provide standards and certifications for individuals that conduct penetration testing including:
- SANS Institute
To be a successful ethical hacker, you must know how to scan, test, hack, and secure systems. You will need a thorough understanding of how intruders escalate privileges and how to secure a system. Ethical hackers need hands-on experience and have the ability to conduct robust vulnerability assessments. They’re familiar with Intrusion Detection, Policy Creation, Social Engineering, DDoS Attacks, Buffer Overflows, and Virus Creation.
How to Become an Ethical Hacker
A 5-week programme at a discount fee has been designed by PCLGH to give you a smooth start in IT Security with certification from E-Council.
CEH by PCLGH is a comprehensive Ethical Hacking and Information Systems Security Auditing program
focused on the latest security threats, advanced attacks vectors and practical real-time demonstration of the latest Hacking Techniques, methodologies, tools, tricks and security measures.
Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) Programme overview by PCLGH
You get all the above for a discount of GHS 3000 (Promo runs till the end of July). Flexible payment plans exist, and extra discount for companies enrolling 5 or more.
Learning Ethical Hacking from a trusted Institution with many years of experience in IT Security.
How to register
Call 0577781007 / 0271179311 or visit their website: www.pclgh.com
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