CEH: learn hacking to advance your career
Cyber security is becoming a real concern for businesses big and small and let’s face it, it’s a problem that isn’t going away.
As we become more reliant on tech and automation, learning hacking and being a CEH is becoming a job role in demand.
This demand combined with reports of a ‘skills shortage’ opens up an amazing opportunity if you’re considering a career change and fancy yourself as a tech superhero. Better yet if you bag your EC council certified ethical hacking credentials and learn hacking, there’s a whole ream of careers you can bag that will enlighten and tickle those neurons.
Don’t believe us? Here’s a quick word from Hollywood’s favourite go-to cyber expert Ralph Echmendia explaining why he loves his job:
“To me it’s all about bringing awareness to how technology can be used and misused. The exchange of knowledge is crucial to our evolution. I must say collaborating with great minds in this space is also very enjoyable.”
Enough said, here’s the lowdown on 6 jobs you can bag with CEH training.
1. Information Security Analyst
Average salary: £43k
Experience required: 5+ years
Imagine yourself as an IT detective, your job would be to detect and prevent cyber threats for your employer. If your nosey by nature and love coming to the rescue then this could be the CEH job for you. Basically you will analyse all of the software, hardware and networks everyday to spot weaknesses and find creative ways to protect and repair those weaknesses. As an Information Security Analyst, your duties will also include setting new protocols for the business and training up employees on security awareness or procedures.
Becoming an Information Security Analyst is a great step towards a leadership role like Security Director or CISO. From this position you could progress to Security Architect, Engineer, Manager or Consultant, which will all take you one step closer to a more senior leadership role.
2. Certified Ethical Hacker
Average salary: £25-50k
Experience required: 0-10 years
Certified Ethical Hacker training would of course smoothly lead you into a career as a Certified Ethical Hacker, and therefore is a popular first step after CEH training. Pretty much this means you’ll be a hacker on the inside, helping businesses to protect themselves from dodgy hackers trying to get in. As a Certified Ethical hacker you will understand cyber threats from both perspectives and therefore be an important part of the security team.
Interesting fact: Some of the most famous ethical hackers started out as ‘black hat’ – basically they were very naughty. Take Kevin Mitnick for instance. After receiving jail time twice for his black hat ways, Kevin eventually turned to white hat ethical hacking in 2000, and he was in demand with Fortune 500 companies and the FBI keen to use his talents. He’s now a popular author and public speaker and acts as a true ethical hacker, conducting penetration testing for some of the world’s biggest organisations.
However, while back in the day when cyber threats were an alien concept this may have been an unofficial route into a career in hacking, he did do a lot of jail time first and there’s now much smoother CEH training routes available – so don’t be tempted to start out in Black Hat.
3. Cyber Security Consultant
Average Salary: 55-62k
Experience required: 3-5 years
A more senior role that is attainable once you have some experience as an ethical hacker or information security analyst. You will need to have great negotiation and leadership skills but also have the swagger to deal with clients and get the best out of your IT teams. If you nail problem solving and have a keen eye for system or network vulnerabilities that this is the career path for you.
As a Cyber Security Consultant you will work closely with IT teams to determine the most effective way to protect the business against cyber attacks. Deliver guidance and training to the security team, maintain corporate security policies and design security architecture for any given IT project.
- Information Security Consultant
- Computer Security Consultant
- Database Security Consultant
- Network Security Consultant
4. Penetration Tester
Average salary: £55k
Experience required: 2-4 years
This role is quite similar to the role of Ethical Hacker, but ultimately in this job you are more focused on the testing. I.e. searching for vulnerabilities rather than solving them.
Just like malicious hackers, penetration testers attack IT systems to locate security flaws. If the whole process of hacking and breaking into to systems gives you a thrill then you’ll love this job. Your days are spent trying to break into your own systems and when you find a weakness you’ve earned your wages for the day. You might even do some undercover work trying to obtain employee emails or test the boundaries of clients to see what data you can extract. For more inspiration look to experienced penetration testers for advice, including this insight from Security Research at LinkedIn, Suleman Malik:
“To become a penetration tester you need to start from independent learning… You will also learn the common web apps vulnerabilities and how to exploit them. There are some pentest virtual machines that are available online and will help you to understand the vulnerabilities and how to exploit those vulnerabilities.”
5. Forensic Computer Analyst
Average salary: £20-£60k
Experience required: 0-6 years
Love a bit of CSI but want to avoid the blood? Well, perhaps a job as a Forensic Computer Analyst will float your tech loving boat. It’s a bit like an enhanced Penetration Tester, but you also need to have some pretty tight reverse engineering skills and a top notch understanding of the latest attack methodologies.
If you want to springboard from this role and make your way to the top, with experience as a Forensic Computer Analyst you get a promotion to Senior Analyst or Head of Security.
CEH training: a stepping stone to your dream career
While many jobs may ask for relevant degrees and experience, CEH training is becoming more widely recognised as a qualification and is on the essential list for many jobs in cyber security. Once you can get that first foot in the door with CEH training as an Ethical Hacker or Penetration Tester these career pathways are all possible with hard work and experience under your belt.
Hundreds of experts have come together to help us create our online CEH training course. Giving students access to the latest covert techniques, tools and trends from the underground community. You can find out more about a career in cyber security or get started with our CEH training today.