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Ethical Hacking


What is ethical hacking?

Ethical hacking or penetration testing refers to the exploitation of an IT system with the permission of its owner in order to determine its vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It is an essential process of testing and validating an organization’s information security measures and maturity. The results of ethical hacking are typically used to recommend preventive and corrective countermeasures that mitigate the risk of a cyber attack.

An ethical hacker is an individual who is trusted to attempt to penetrate an organization’s networks and/or computer systems using the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner.

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If your organization has complex secuirty objectives in place, and needs a more detailed exploration of complex or sensitive environments, our Technical Services team can provide additional expertise. Call us on +1 877 317 3454, or request a call back using the form below for more information.

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Attacking and defending

Protecting current systems and networks requires a broad understanding of attack strategies, and in-depth knowledge of the hacker’s tactics, tools and motivations. Effective ethical hacking is based on knowledge of the system network, equipment, user interaction, policies, procedures, physical security, and business culture. The increasing use of social engineering attack methodologies demands that every tester is also aware of the organization and habits of its IT users (staff).


The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills. It is the owner and creator of the renowned Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) certification, as well as many other certification schemes, that are offered in more than 87 countries globally.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification

Launched in 2003 by the EC-Council, the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification is globally recognized as the vendor-neutral credential of choice for developing a senior career as an ethical hacker or penetration tester.

The purpose of the CEH credential is to:

  1. Establish and govern minimum standards for qualifying professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures
  2. Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum standards
  3. Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession

How to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

To achieve Certified Ethical Hacker qualification, we recommend the following steps:

  • Attend an approved Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training course. EC-Council provide the following course options:
    • iLearn (Self-Study)
    • iWeek (Live Online)
    • Master Class
    • Training Partner (In Person)
  • Pass the official CEH Exam which consists of 125 multiple-choice questions, and can be taken at a variety of locations across the US

Discover our range of penetration testing services

IT Governance provides services that have been developed to align with your business requirements, your budget, and the value you assign to the assets you intend to test. Our level 1 penetration tests are suitable for organizations that want to identify the common exploitable weaknesses targeted by opportunistic attackers using freely available, automated attack tools.

For those with more complex objectives, or that require a more detailed exploration of complex or sensitive environments, our Technical Services team can provide additional expertise. Contact us to talk to one of our consultants.

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