A certified ethical hacker is an expert in hacking, who helps companies to realize their vulnerabilities. The work can be done for businesses or government organizations. The ethical hacker should have proficient knowledge of various operating systems and hacking techniques. It is important to continuously learn and update skills, as the world of hacking progresses quickly. Sometimes, duties relating to security training at a company will be delegated to the ethical hacker, in order to teach other employees about how they can best protect themselves. So even though much of the work of an ethical hacker is done at a computer in a solitary manner, public speaking and communication skills are also important.
An ethical hacker can work as a regular employee at a company or as an independent consultant. Often, a certified ethical hacker will have a variety of certifications. The key certification to have is the Certified Ethical Hacker certification from the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants, which is obtained by taking a short course. Prior to this, the hacker should have a strong basis in IT education and possess tech support certifications like A+ and security certifications like Security+. The ethical hacker will have to be able to create worms, viruses, and other vulnerabilities and will need to carry out tests to see the damage that can be caused. Usually, the ethical hacker will have years of experience in a position related to information technology and will have to demonstrate proficiency in hacking skills.
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Tasks
Perform application analysis, reverse engineering, malware analysis, protocol analysis, and debugging.
Penetrate networks or computer systems to find and fix computer security vulnerabilities.