How Do I Become an Ethical Hacker?

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From Google’s headquarters to small retailers, more organizations require ethical hackers. As an ethical hacker, you’ll prevent data breaches, test systems for vulnerabilities and help keep people’s information secure. Let’s explore everything you need to advance in this fast-growing career field. 

Get an Education

While it’s possible to be self-taught and receive training without a formal education, completing a program in Cyber and Network Security provides a lot of advantages for future ethical hackers:

  • Credentials: An official program gives you the necessary credentials of a qualified ethical hacker. This makes you attractive to employers and easier to gain entry-level employment when you’re starting out in the field.
  • A focused timeline: For busy adults who have many responsibilities, a program can help you be accountable for your career goals. When you have set deadlines and objectives, it’s more likely you’ll stay the course in a set amount of time rather than trying to do it by yourself. 
  • Practical training: If you’re new to the world of IT, you’ll need training in key areas of knowledge. When you’re taught by experienced professionals in an educational setting, you’ll get real, hands-on training that will properly prepare you for your future career. 
  • Mentoring and support: A program provides teachers, advisors, tutors and a network of peers to learn from. A community can help you overcome learning challenges, walk you through difficult concepts and provide ongoing support. 
  • Career services: Rather than sending out your resumé and hoping for the best, you can get essential career support through your institution’s career services department. From polishing your resume to job placement assistance, having a team of human resources and IT experts behind you will ease your entry into your new career. 

Pass Certification Exams

To be considered for a role in ethical hacking and cyber security, many employers will require certain IT certifications. This ensures you have the appropriate skills for ethical hacking jobs.

At Cambridge, our cyber and network security programs prepare you for essential certification exams, which include:

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (ISC2 SSCP) exam 
  • Certified Internet Webmaster Web Security Associate (CIW-WSA) exam
  • CompTIA A+ exam
  • CompTIA Security+ exam

Depending on your level of education, you’ll also receive exam preparation for various IT and healthcare certifications to expand your career prospects. 

Learn the Types of Ethical Hacking

Ethical hacking involves testing many different facets of cyber and network security. By knowing the different types, you can work with your school’s career services to explore entry-level jobs in these areas as you build up your skills.

Types of ethical hacking include:

  • Web application hacking: Web pages are the interface between users and web servers. When they aren’t secure, they can pose risks such as cookie hijacking and script vulnerabilities. 
  • Web server hacking: Hackers can steal anything from credit card information to company passwords through web servers, which are used to host websites. By testing a web server’s defenses, you help to keep that information safe.
  • System hacking: Vulnerability in a computer system can lead to malware and data theft. Testing computers and their software for weaknesses prevents unauthorized access to sensitive information. 
  • Wireless network hacking: Wireless networks communicate through radio waves and allow people to access digital resources remotely. However, these networks can be easily accessed by hackers, which means they can decode data between devices.

Become an Ethical Hacker With Cambridge’s Online Programs

Ready to jumpstart a thriving career in IT security? Our online programs at Cambridge provide you with everything you need to become an expert ethical hacker. Learn more by calling us today at 877-206-4279 or send us a message.