Ethical hacking is a field in which the certified ethical hackers are used by an organizations to find out their electronic and computer security systems in order to find and correct flaws, discrepancies, loopholes and vulnerabilities.Certified Ethical Hackers use the same tools and the techniques as hackers to identify and correct systems weakness and vulnerabities.The duration of the course will vary according to the institute to which you apply.
The eligibility criteria for joining any certification course in ethical hacking are the basic prior knowledge of networking(TCP/IP) concepts, database programming and server side programming(PHP or JSP or ASP.net).The digitization of communication and database system may be increasing the scope for being a certified ethical hacker particularly when seen in comparison to the past few decades.
After completing the certificate courses in ethical hacking, a certified ethical hacker can work in any number of organizations like banks, hotels, airlines, telecom companies, information technology enabled services (ITES) companies, outsourcing units, retail chains, internet companies-commerce ventures, police departments or government agencies. The need for cyber and the system security is present in all the fields and hence ethical hackers
All about the curriculum of Ethical Hacking
A certificate course in ethical hacking involves the study of large number of topics. The division of the topics to be studied depends upon the individual institutes. Topics that are studied under ethical hacking are introduction to ethical hacking, virus and worms, Linux hacking, scanning, enumeration, networking and basics. Apart from these the various topics like System hacking, windows hacking, hacking web servers, Trojans and backdoors, proxy servers,phishing,social engineering,sniffers,denial of service attack, DAP enumeration, penetration testing and vulnerability assessment.
The other courses you might be able to include cryptography tools, wireless network hacking and countermeasures, buffer overflow, reverse engineering, hacking database servers, computer forensics and incident handling,steganography,hacking routers and firewalls, password cracking tools, web application vulnerabilities and SQL injections vulnerabilities. Another subject that could be covered is evading IDS, firewalls and detecting honey pot.
A course could also include subjects such as Privacy on the internet, creating security policies, exploit writing, botnets, covering tracks and patch management. Depending upon the size, nature and affiliations of the institute, you may be able to complete an internship near the end of the course.
Colleges offering ethical hacking courses
There are several institutions that provide certification courses in ethical hacking. Some of the institutions include the following
1. K-Secure IT Security Services, Mumbai
2. Ankit Fadia Certified ethical hacking course
3. Indian School of ethical hacking, Kolkata
4. Institute of Information security Mumbai, Chandigarh
5. Appin Technology lab, Delhi.