What Can You Do with a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification?

When you get your CEH certification, you’ll have validation for potential employers that you possess the high-level skills necessary to prevent cyberattacks.

Some of the most common positions for Ethical Hackers are:

  • Security Engineer
  • Application Security Manager
  • Information Security Consultant
  • Penetration Tester
  • IT Security Admin
  • Network Security Analyst

Regardless of your current position, getting CEH-certified can help boost your career to the next level by increasing your value and therefore increasing your earning potential.

What is a Certified Ethical Hacker?

While your brain might conjure up images of reformed cybercriminals, don’t let the name fool you – Certified Ethical Hackers are cybersecurity professionals who work on the offense to avert cybercrime.

The CEH certification is granted by the EC-Council to individuals who demonstrate the knowledge and ability to spot and secure weaknesses and vulnerabilities in computer systems. Ethical Hackers must also be proficient with the same tools used by cybercriminals, as this is what gives them their power.

When Ethical Hackers know the tools used by cybercriminals, they can see the strategies most likely to be deployed against their organization, which allows them to make stronger offensive moves.

However, Ethical Hackers aren’t just cybersecurity professionals – most information security pros don’t take the time to learn how to use the tools hackers use to launch their attacks. The CEH certification exists to help organizations identify candidates who possess this highly specialized skill.


What salary does a Certified Ethical Hacker earn?

On average, Certified Ethical Hackers make around $83,91 per year, but can earn much more depending on your location, experience, skill, and other professional certifications.

For those who just want to work as a CEH without any other certifications, the pay is usually on the low end of the spectrum. However, established cybersecurity professionals who obtain CEH certification increase their value, and can earn well over $100,000 per year.


What can you do as a Certified Ethical Hacker?

There are a variety of positions you can step into as a Certified Ethical Hacker. You might take on a completely new role, or expand your role within your current company.

Here are a few fun and rewarding positions you’ll be qualified for with CEH certification.

1. Security Analyst

A security analyst is responsible for protecting digital assets, whether in the cloud or on premises. If you take on this role, you’ll spend your time analyzing data, looking for suspicious activity, and handling potential problems before they become an issue.

With a CEH certification, you’ll have an easier time spotting potential threats that might slip past other professionals who don’t know a hacker’s tricks.

As a security analyst, you’ll use your knowledge to create and continue refining your organization’s security policies and documentation for incident response protocols and disaster recovery plans.

2. Security Code Auditor

When you choose this path, you’ll spend your time reviewing source code within software applications to look for bugs and malicious code that might compromise security. This requires a working knowledge of the tactics and technologies used by hackers, since you’ll need to run cyberattack simulations to look for vulnerabilities.

As a Certified Ethical Hacker, you’ll know what attacks to simulate and you’ll be able to find bugs faster than those who just wait for end-user reports.

3. Computer Forensics Analyst

This is one of the more fun positions you can take on as a Certified Ethical Hacker. As a computer forensics analyst, you’ll be part of a team that investigates cybersecurity incidents of all kinds.

You’ll use your knowledge and skills to recover information that may help trace the incident back to the perpetrator and/or provide insight into how the attack happened.

When you find the data you’re looking for, you’ll be required to adhere to a strict chain of custody protocol to ensure what you’ve found is admissible as evidence in court.


Certified Ethical Hacker exam requirements

In order to sit for the CEH exam, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have at least two years’ IT experience
  • Strong working knowledge of TCP/IP
  • Strong working knowledge of Windows Server
  • Be familiar with Linux and/or Unix


What to expect from the CEH exam

The CEH exam consists of 125 multiple choice questions that must be completed within four hours. However, many people complete the test in two or three hours.

Although the test can be completed in a short period of time, it isn’t an easy test and most people spend months studying.

The CEH exam questions will be formulated around the following topics:

  • Hacking methodologies
  • Scanning methodologies
  • Port scan types
  • Expected return responses

Although it’s not a specific requirement, having experience with the following tools helps immensely:

  • Netstat
  • Nmap
  • Snort
  • OpenSSL
  • Wireshark


Maintaining your CEH certification

As with most professional certifications, you’ll need to do some work to maintain your certified status. This can be accomplished by attending seminars, reading educational materials, writing books, and more.

To maintain CEH certification, you’ll need to earn 120 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits every three years. It’s easiest to meet these requirements by completing 40 CPEs each year, but if you procrastinate or forget for a while, you don’t have to worry as long as you get it all done before the three-year mark.


Ready to become a Certified Ethical Hacker?

If you’re ready to pursue your CEH certification, you’ll need to take a training course to prepare you for the exam. While passing this exam isn’t as hard as other certification exams, it does require specific and specialized knowledge.

To maximize your ability to pass the exam, sign up today for our instructor-led Certified Ethical Hacker training course. Our full curriculum will teach you everything you need to know to earn your CEH certification.


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