Explore a career in ethical hacking
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Meet cyber security specialist Michael McPherson who has had a long career in various security roles. He describes what a role in cyber security as an ethical hacker looks like.
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Meet student Bohdi who enrolled onto our cyber security course in the hopes of landing a dream role in the industry. Hear more about his experience, the challenges he faced and his plans for the future.
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Colin is studying for the Certified Ethical Hacker whilst working full time in IT support. Hear more about his experience studying with us so far.
One in four Australians are hit with cyber crime
An ethical hacker specialises in penetration testing, to ensure an organisation’s information systems are secure. They’re hired to hack the company’s network (ethically) and prevent any cyber threats or attacks.
Key responsibilities of an ethical hacker:
Audit and perform security tests on current networks
Report on vulnerabilities and provide recommendations in securing systems
Analyse security policies and make suggestions on improvements
Maintain all security tools and technologies
Work with senior stakeholders to improve company processes
The current national average salary for a cyber security specialist is $200,000.
An ethical hacker is an engaging and lucrative role. The need for people with these skills is growing, so you’ll be in high demand across multiple industries. There are often opportunities to work remotely or from home, with plenty of opportunities to travel. Because global corporations hire for this role, you’ll have the chance to work for some of the world’s most well-known companies.
Did you know that a cyber security breach causes 29% brand damage, 21% loss in productivity and a 19% loss in revenue?
An ethical hacker will have a background and some knowledge in networking and security. However, getting certified as an Ethical Hacker is a popular career path for all IT and cyber security professionals.
EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker certification sets the standard for what the world has come to expect from ethical hacking cyber security courses. With this certification, among others, you’ll gain the skills and experience needed to become an ethical hacker.