So, You Think You Want to Be a Certified Ethical Hacker?

So, You Think You Want to Be a Certified Ethical Hacker?

The information security field is hotter than a habanero chili, thanks to today’s tidal wave of vicious attacks. It’s no surprise that cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand skillsets for 2017.

Just starting out?

If you’re just starting out, look into CompTIA’s security fundamentals, then progress to hardware-specific certifications like Cisco, or gain more knowledge with (ISC)2 CISSP.

Currently working in IT?

If you’re currently working in IT and want to gain valuable security experience, there are lots of options available. Ultimately, it’s smart to validate your knowledge with certifications. The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is arguably the most recognized certification in the IT security space.

To receive CEH certification, you have to complete a 125- question, 4-hour exam on a variety of cybersecurity topics with a minimum 70 percent score. To be eligible to take the CEH exam, you must prepare for the exam through an official EC-Council training program or have two years of information security experience that’s validated and approved by the EC-Council through an eligibility application process. Many candidates choose this second option and prepare for the exam with reputable, self-study training with online courses.

Choosing the self-study route is practical, but there are some guidelines you should follow to ensure a successful exam pass.

Understand what you need to know in order to pass

Start with the EC-Council’s CEH Exam Blueprint It describes, at a high level, the structure, topic weighting, and number of questions in the exam. You also can buy a study guide to get started.

Make time to study

Outline your study plan, and determine how much time you’re going to allocate to each topic. Any security certification validates your knowledge of security features, as well as your fundamental understanding of basic concepts like routing, switching, and software processes. Determining how much study time you’ll need depends on how much you already know. In general, plan on about two months or more. The exam isn’t cheap, so be sure to study to ensure you pass it the first time.

Practice makes perfect

Everyone learns best by doing, and that’s especially true of training to pass the CEH exam. While it’s a written exam, studying within a virtual lab environment reinforces principles with practical application of the tools, tricks and techniques you learn.

Practice tests also make perfect

Think you know the material? Take frequent practice tests and find out. You’ll get immediate feedback on how well you’re mastering the content. The EC-Council provides a free CEH practice test to assess exam readiness.

Summing It Up

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing areas of opportunity and certified professionals are always in demand. To explore training options that can lead to certification, talk to a friendly advisor at KnowledgeNet: The live learning company. Call (888) 797-2799 or visit

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