8% of Indian IT managers have a skilled cybersecurity team.
The scarcity of talent in enterprise cybersecurity means that the demand for cybersecurity professionals is quite high and the job role is emerging as a high-paying option. Ethical hacking is fast-emerging as a good career choice for tech professionals.
What is ethical hacking?
Hacking is a process of finding vulnerabilities in a system and using them to gain unauthorised access. Ethical Hacking, on the other hand, is the approach of hacking systems/networks/devices in an enterprise with an idea to not cause any harm but to identify vulnerabilities before they are exploited. Such a proactive approach to cybersecurity requires professionals to think like hackers and detect the vulnerability so that these can be plugged in time.
Role of an ethical hacker
There is a misconception that ethical hackers are only responsible for penetration testing of system, but the role includes much more than that. An ethical hacker uses port filtering tools liken Nmap, Nessus, and discover open ports. An ethical hacker engages in social engineering methodologies and checks if he/she can avoid IDS (Intrusion Location Frames), IPS (Interruption Counterproductive Action Frames), honeypots, and firewalls. – They employ other strategies like sniffing networks, bypassing, hijacking web servers, and cracking wireless encryption.
How to become an ethical hacker?
If you are working in the IT field, you can consider shifting to ethical hacking as a career choice. Most of the job positions for ethical hacker will require at least an undergraduate degree in computer science or cybersecurity related field. Most ethical hackers begin their career as tech support engineers and develop relevant skill sets. You can earn certifications like
CISSP and ultimately earn a globally validated IT Security certification like the
EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker.