Ethical Hacker

Are you thinking about becoming an Ethical Hacker? Find out how to get started in ethical hacking and see if it’s the right career choice for you.

How to get started in Ethical Hacking

Pursuing a certification in ethical hacking can provide you with the essential expertise and understanding to embark on a successful career in cyber security. This proficiency unlocks a multitude of job prospects that might otherwise remain inaccessible. Ethical hacking certifications hold international recognition as they address skill standards applicable across diverse sectors. Not sure where to start? Speak to one of our careers consultants today. 

Ethical Hacker

What is Ethical Hacking?

Starting your career in Ethical Hacking

Ethical hacking, also called penetration testing, involves legally breaking into computer systems to find vulnerabilities, helping organisations enhance security. A career in ethical hacking is dynamic and challenging. Professionals assess digital systems, perform penetration testing, and offer solutions to strengthen defenses.  

Collaboration with IT teams and security analysts, and ongoing learning are essential due to evolving cyber threats in our modern world. With cyber security's increasing importance, ethical hackers have diverse job opportunities in finance, healthcare, government, and technology sectors. It's a rewarding career path that safeguards digital landscapes and mitigates potential cyber risks. 

Is a career in Ethical Hacking right for me?

Ethical Hacking skills

An ethical hacker is an engaging and lucrative role. The need for people with hacking skills is growing, so you’ll be in high demand across multiple industries.  

There are often opportunities to work remotely, as well as plenty of possibilities to travel. Because global corporations hire for this role, you might have the chance to work for some of the world’s most well-known companies. 


  • Key attributes of an Ethical Hacker include
    Analytical thinking
    Problem-solving skills
    Curiosity and resourcefulness
    Strong ethical foundation
    Awareness of legal boundaries
    Adaptability to evolving threats
    Effective communication
    Creative problem-solving
    Persistence and patience
    Continuous learning mindset

Ethical Hacker responsibilities

  • Key responsibilities of an Ethical Hacker include:
    Audit and perform security tests on current networks
    Report on vulnerabilities and provide recommendations for securing systems
    Analyse security policies and make suggestions on improvements
    Maintain all security tools and technologies
    Work with senior stakeholders to improve company processes
    Staying up-to-date with the latest hacking techniques and defense mechanisms to stay ahead of emerging threats.
    Working closely with IT teams, security analysts, and management to implement effective security strategies.


Ethical hackers play a pivotal role in enhancing cyber security, utilising expertise to strengthen digital defenses, assess vulnerabilities, and contribute to a safer digital landscape. If this sounds like something you would be interest in, get in touch today to discuss your options.  

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How do I become an Ethical Hacker?

Qualifications needed to become an Ethical Hacker

​​An ethical hacker will have a background and some knowledge of networking and security. However, getting certified as an Ethical Hacker is a popular career path for all IT and cybersecurity 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. This certification, and our other related certifications, will ensure you have the skills and experience needed to become an ethical hacker. 

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Does a Career in Ethical Hacking Sound Right For You?

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You can earn an average of £48,250.00 a year

Information Security Assistant
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Senior Information Security Analyst

You can earn an average of £48,250.00 a year

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Meet Kyle Graver

Kyle took our Certified Ethical Hacker course to open up remote opportunities in the IT sector and allow him to travel while working in a role he enjoys.

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