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How to become an Ethical Hacker

By Aldanatech ·
What kind of education do you think would be most appropriate to become an Ethical Hacker (someone hired to legally test a system's security)? Would it be experience itself? Would it be a Masters Degree in Network Security? Would it be a Security+, a CISSP, or a CEH certification? Would it be a combination of each, and if so, in what sequence?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to How to become an Ethical ...

just get the easiest one first. Cisco always a winner. but proof is in pudding imho. lots of free tools out there. find someone who will let you hack in. or put server on internet and hack it. 'free security analysis'. can you get a job as netadmin then hack into your own network? can you volunteer to test security for local habitat for humanity office? or your dr or dentist?
maybe it is more fun and less work just to think about it, eh?

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by CG IT In reply to How to become an Ethical ...

"...Would it be a Masters Degree in Network Security? Would it be a Security+, a CISSP, or a CEH certification? Would it be a combination of each"...

In a nutshell, Yes.

I'll say this, most large organizations employ people who have the technical background [eduation] and work experience that most closely relates to their needs. Education [your degree] says to an employer, "I know the basics so I can at least understand how to do the job". Work experience says, I've gotten the job done, [provided work references give a thumbs up recommendation].

My recommendation? Go to school, get the degrees and while your at it get a job [doesn't have to be full time] at an entry level position in the field you want to be in to learn the practical means to apply that which you learn from a book.

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by mlayton In reply to How to become an Ethical ...

It depends. Do you just want to be the person sitting down doing the testing, or the all-arounbd guy who then can present the results to management? If the answer is the all-around guy, you want a CISSP, which gives you the creds and the language to explain security issues to management. You want a SANS cert - maybe Firewalls or the GCIH which gives a referenceable body of work (through their practical) for you to have. You probably want at least a BS or BA. A Masters will get you farther to the management level. If you want to specialize, Cisco certs would be good too - but for more general work, (contracting, multiple clients) you probably want to at least start with SANS.

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