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What is an ethical hacker?Is ethical hacking right for me?How do I become an ethical hacker?

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

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.

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.

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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 Chief Technology Evangelist at CompTIA, James Stanger. James explores the current state of the industry and the power of certifications with Learning People graduate, Craig Evans. Watch the webinar to find out more about Craig’s career change journey into the world of cyber security and what his role as a SOC Analyst consists of.

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Information Security Officer
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Cyber Security Architect
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You can earn an average of £60,500.00 a year

There is a global shortfall of cyber security professionals, amounting to a staggering 1.8m, with Europe alone expecting a shortage of 350,000

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