Ethical Hacking Skills - Ethical Hacking

What are the different Ethical Hacking techniques?

Some of the different Ethical Hacking techniques are:

  • Password guessing and cracking
  • Session hijacking
  • Session spoofing
  • Network traffic sniffing
  • Denial of Service attacks
  • Exploiting buffer overflow vulnerabilities
  • SQL injection

What are the Basic Skills required to expertise in Ethical Hacking?

It is a known fact that Computer Hacking is both Science as well as an Art. To become an expertise in hacking, one needs to become an expert hacker by acquiring knowledge with lot of effort. Added to this, one needs to be always updating with the latest technologies, new vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques.

  • An ethical hacker must be a computer systems expert and possess strong programming and computer networking skills.
  • An ethical hacker needs to have a lot of patience, persistence, and perseverance to try again and again and wait for the required result.

Added to this, an ethical hacker should clever enough to grasp the mind-set of the user and the situation, to apply social engineering exploits. Great problem solving skills is the trait for a good ethical hacker.

What are Courses & Certifications to be pursued to excel as an Ethical Hacker?

In order to excel as an Ethical Hacker, one needs to pursue the following courses and certifications:

  • Obtain a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or A+ Certificate to understand the common hardware and software technologies.
  • Be in a programmer’s role for a few years and then switch to a tech support position.
  • Obtain network certifications like Network+ or CCNA and security certifications like Security+, CISSP, or TICSA.
  • To understand networks and systems inside out gain some work experience as a Network Engineer and System Administrator.
  • Understand various computer security aspects and take them as a challenge to secure your network and computer systems as network security engineer by regularly reading books, tutorials, newspapers etc.
  • Study courses like creating Trojan horses, backdoors, viruses, and worms, denial of service (DoS) attacks, SQL injection, buffer overflow, session hijacking, and system hacking.
  • Excel in penetrating testing, footprinting and reconnaissance, and social engineering.
  • Finally obtain a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification.

IT Security Certifications like GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification) and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), add weightage.

Final Note

Always be like a White Hat Hacker and work within boundaries. Never try to attack any computer or computer network without the authorized permission to do so.

As a final note, it is highly recommended to stay away from the black hat hacking, which may ruin the entire career.

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