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Which certification for an Ethical Hacker

By Aldanatech ·
Which certification do you think would be most appropriate for an Ethical Hacker (someone hired to legally test a system's security). Would it be a Security+, a CISSP, or a CEH? Would it be a combination of each, and if so, in what sequence?

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Certified Ethical Hacker!

by Joseph Moore In reply to Which certification for a ...

Well, you can be a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) now!

But I think that that certification is for its humor value only, not as a true testament of skill.

If you really want to shine as a good security expert, go for the CISSP. I plan on doing so this year.

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by dseeger In reply to Certified Ethical Hacker!

I would suggest on starting with security+. Then try to do CISSP, before doing the CISSP exam just read what steps you need to go through with the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, to see if you will be able to qualify to write the CISSP exam.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Which certification for a ...

Sorry, I have nothing of any use to add, as I read your post (being in Canada) I saw it as


That's why we spell Canada that way.


Good luck with your certs, again I apologize for not having anything useful to say.
(welcome to OzMedia :-P )

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CISSP if..

by mlayton In reply to Which certification for a ...

...if in this position you will be explaining security concepts to people on different levels of the company. If you are looking for something that proves your practical knowledge, think about the SANS certification - maybe Incident Handler or Intrusion Analyst, which will require a practical to prove you have the skills to back up the resume.

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The Word Hacker

by Aaron A Baker In reply to CISSP if..

The first thing that has to go is lose the word "Hacker".Then you can think of letters to aasign. There's just no way anybody would or will ever accept any other interpretation of the true meaning of "Hacker" In the computer world, it's the equivalent of thief and break & enter.
Too bad,the law doesn't see it yet.If I were you,I would get very creative and and come up with an entirely new name for the type of person who was once a "hacker" and now has changed. Who Knows, you might be hepling out many others who are contemplating the same thing.Programming re-programmer (CPRP) might be start.You have an oppertunity here one rarely get's in this business. The chance to be totally originally. Seize the moment.
Good Luck
Aaron a Baker

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Funny how the word "Hacker" has changed.

by admin In reply to The Word Hacker

When I started with electronics I most looked forward to the "Hardware Hacker" corner in the publication Popular Electronics. At ten years old I diligently breadboarded my first computer- essentially some wired switches and a row of lights. No individual could afford a computer then, but we hacked radio, tv, sound systems and many imaginative automation devices you could only get if you could build them.

Eventually the early PC's came out and after much reading and practice before I ever got my Atari personal computer I learned to take some shortcuts and share some programming hacks with friends. I made it through college with many late nights on early IBM's in the computer lab although I was not a tech student. Nothing made me feel better (well, almost nothing!) than hearing a fellow comuter electronics buff exclaiming: "Nice Hack!" knowing that I had delivered a rather clever soltuion to the task at hand- and that they appreciated it.

Nowadays I never utter that once wonderful word outside a select few that actually understand it. It has become, even to those that use it without thinking it's evil, a word of limitation, of extremely narrow definition and limited creativity. It is no longer a badge of honor, but a "wink wink" nod of evil intent that may possibly be used for good somehow and even more- be used for monetary gain.

I no longer think the word is recoverable. It has, like many symbols, become so far removed from it's original meaning and assigned a negative connotation so deeply that it can no longer be used by one serious about our profession. This makes me very very sad.

The early creativity and joy is something I still find at times in our profession, If you look past the stress and difficult scheduling etc. you will still find young people who's eyes are wide with wonder, amazement and joy about the creative solutions they can build. I encourage them to get together, communicate and invent things- all the real stuff that is still a part of what a hacker once was- but I am largely silent on the term these days.

In my mind Hacking will never mean:

1. Using someone elses scripts without understanding them
2. Breaking into things you shouldn't.
3. Purposly destroying other peoples work.

I think it's time we in the computer industry laid the term to rest. I hope the kids come up with some new term to annote the appreciation of creativity. Until then, perhaps you should say you have an emphasis in Security, are a Security Expert, or a related description to align yourself more closely to the field you desire work in. You may want to consider GIAC for a cert.

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Indeed it has

by KaceyR In reply to Funny how the word "Hacke ...

When I first started my career in programming, there were two terms used to describe folks who were "above and beyond" in terms of hardware skill, software skill, and an unfathomable hunger for knowledge; Hacker, and Cracker.

Hacker meant someone who actively pursues knowledge and skill in order to create better solutions.

Cracker meant someone who actively pursues knowledge and skill in order to cause damage to an innocent or an adversary.

As near as I can tell, the term Cracker has been dropped from tech jargon because of the identical racist term "cracker" which means one of anglo-saxon descent with extreme racial views (also known as a white bigot).

This is unfortunate as the two terms were abundandly clear. Now we're faced with the continually refining the classifications of hackers (i.e. hardware hacker, software hacker, ethical hacker, transaction hacker, communications hacker, network hacker, etc.) which benefits no one.

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by iting In reply to Indeed it has

a soiaer : Soia: Stealing others information anonymously

a podaer oda: Pilfering others data anonymously

a podiser:Podis: Pilfering others data in secret

a beodotser :baeodots: breaking and entering others data on the sly

im not bored really

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Ethical Hacking Cert

by bklyninpa In reply to Which certification for a ...

There would be none. I agree with the previous post about a SANS education. Practical knowledge is best, and SANS provides that type of training. The CISSP or even a CISA would help to demonstrate your understanding and hopeful explanation of the security issues when you actually perform the pen test.

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by -J.D. In reply to Which certification for a ...

How about getting the Ethical Hacker certification?


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