Ethical hackers, Anyone?

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In today’s times when everything is just a click away, cyber crime is on the rise and has become a big concern for almost everyone. From personal social networking accounts to international bank accounts and databases, security is a major concern.

Over the years, the number of email hacking incidents, password attacks and data stealing have increased immensely, making security professionals and ethical hackers indispensable for the society. Breaking into systems was a mere pastime for computer geeks in the past. However, today it has turned out to be one of the most sought after job profiles.

Ethical hackers are professionals who hack systems to protect the same and find vulnerabilities in the security strategy. They are technically trained to understand hackers’ mind-sets and are legally permitted to hack systems of any organisation to protect their systems and keep them secure. In short, they scan, test, hack and secure systems of any organisation.

Certified ethical hacking (CEH), governed by the EC council, is the top credential for ethical hackers. EC council is a global body that initiated this certification programme after observing constant security breaches across the globe. This certification programme evaluates candidate’s knowledge on 19 security domains and help them master the grounds of penetration testing or ethical hacking. Any professional with advanced programming knowledge is qualified to take up the CEH examination.

Hacking has become one of the most in-demand job profiles in the global market. The market is facing a gap between the demand and supply for ethical hackers. The scope for ethical hacking jobs extends to various sectors, including defence organisations, law firms, forensic departments, detective companies and investigative services. In short, ethical hacker is employable by any organisation that deals with confidential database.

Ethical hacking is a society welfare job that is highly paid as well. The average annual salary for certified ethical hacker is $71, 331 per annum and ranges up to $112,000. According to IT skills and salary survey conducted by Global Knowledge and Penton in 2014, CEH is among the top 15 highest paying certifications this year and it is rankes 9th. New York city has the highest paid employers for ethical hackers, followed closely by Massachusetts and Washington

Hacking is often associated with information security and IT. However, it is equally inseparable across different industries. Ethical hackers are needed in every job sphere. zz

(The writer is the CEO and founder of Simplilearn.com)

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