Why you should learn Ethical Hacking?
Ethical Hacking as a career choice
‘Hacked’ – this term is more than familiar to almost everyone today, isn’t it? The sheer burst of fear that the term blows up into people using is intense. Hacking thus is under-toned with a negative connotation more than often. However, it is this nightmarishly dangerous hacking malpractice that gave birth to yet another form of hacking which actually arrests the former.
With the advancement of technology and cybercrime, the demand for ethical hackers throughout the world is on a continuous rise. From a prior 60,000 worldwide, India alone is set to demand 77,000 ethical hackers for itself alone. A career in ethical hacking under such circumstances is quite a clever path to tread on.
With the enormity of harm involved, the job of an ethical hacker becomes immensely significant. Mostly all important information centric to the success of a company is today stored digitally. Such information when goes into the hands of a person with destructive motives can cause a firm’s death. Thus even the biggest names today including the highest earning MNCs require and hire efficient ethical hackers to avoid the same. From IBM to Infosys to Reliance to Accenture and Google – all are taking the help of ethical hackers today.
What had started as a part-time or project-based exchange of specialized skill/expertise has today turned into a full-fledged profession (with tons of full-time jobs in place). Thus a career in this industry has great potential.
As far as qualifications are concerned, in order to become an Ethical Hacker, one must complete their Bachelor’s degree in a related field i.e. Information Technology. Example: B.Sc. in IT or Computer Engineering. You can also opt for an advanced diploma in the subject of ‘network security’.
Post this you need to get certified in Ethical hacking. The more validated and reputed the certification institute is the brighter are your career prospects. The biggest I.T companies professionals from key Ethical Hacking institutes.
Certification Programs in Ethical Hacking
Getting International certifications from reputed institutes are the key as discussed above. Some relevant certifications in the stream that you may opt for are:
Certified Ethical Hacker (EC-council),
The Ethical Hacking Course program by the EC-Council is highly recognized all over the world. The pass out is considered extremely credible as the Council itself is one of the pioneers and most reputed in the industry. EC-Council offers a range of cyber-security programs. These range across certified network defender, practical CEH, certified chief information security officer, certified threat intelligence analyst.
Salary prospects of an Ethical Hacker
On average the annual salary of ethical hackers is recorded as INR 5,70,000 (CISO). Chief Information Security Officers earn anywhere between INR 12 Lakh annually and INR 80 Lakh. Average annual salaries amount to 23.7 lakh (as recorded in 2015).
So all in all, it is quite evident that even though highly specialized the career path of ethical hacking is extremely promising. The boom of technology is here to stay and so are maliciously intended practices. Ethical hacking is the only saviour for the companies thriving on important classified information and even otherwise.