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how would i go about becoming an ethical hacker


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Jess’s Answer

"Ethical" hacking seems a bit tricky to achieve, especially in a career.... You could try flipping the script consider a job in IT security working for a company that builds software that protects against hackers?


What is it that entices you about hacking? If you like the idea of discovering new information / data - you could also consider working for an IT analytics platform..."big data" and analytics solutions are becoming ever increasingly important as the amount of data in the world grows the more we live online! Companies need solutions that help them gather all of the data that they have in a meaningful way so that they can make business decisions based on those.


The gaming industry is something that also comes to mind for you.


Just throwing out some ideas here!


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Jess’s Answer

Try checking out this website and getting into coding! https://www.hackerrank.com/


Hi Jess! HackerRank is a great example. Nicholas mentioned "ethical hacking" in his question (e.g., IT security and penetration testing). Do you have any thoughts on how he might be able to get into white-hat programming or IT security? Jared Chung BACKER

Whoops! Sorry I just saw your <em>other</em> answer, which directly addresses this. My bad. Thank you so much for sharing this great advice!! Jared Chung BACKER

Hi Jared! No problem, looks like we were on the same train of thought there! I actually recently submitted my resume to CareerVillage out of interest in your Community position available, let me know if this is something we can talk about. Jess Elcan

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Govindaraaj’s Answer

The above responses would give you pathways for your dream come true. I wish to add a few more..

Hacking in general, isn't just playing around available tools, if you wish to be a good professional, should try developing a tool of your own that would serve others. Hence to achieve that, primarily need good understanding of different operating systems and deep or better knowledge on Computer hardware or architecture functionality as most devices are designed in similar way of a PC. This would help you understand the possible ways an attack can be performed and mitigated.

Added with scripting skills would be an added advantage.

Wishing you all success for your dream come true !


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Monisha’s Answer

Becoming an ethical hacker needs sufficient knowledge over a wide variety of topics like programming, working of a computer, firewalls, antivirus and many more. An ethical hacker needs to be a notch above the hackers out there with malicious intent in order to stop their attacks.

Certifications like CEH(Certified Ethical Hacking), CISSP,CISM help if you want your career in a good organization.


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Safi’s Answer

The above answers are great! I would add some things as well.


If you want to take the right steps to become an ethical hacker, I suggest start learning as much as possible about the IT field. This includes programming to IT infrastructure.


Like stated above, it might be wise to be in a position that defends against hackers first. This way you have the understanding of what businesses are expecting. Then with that knowledge, you can think outside the box to think of new ways to attack their system.


Reading how other hackers found bugs on bug bounty programs would be a great learning experience as well.


This field involves a lot of reading and research. You have to know about your target and how your target works in order to be successful.


A basic certification to consider would be the CEH. There are tons of great reading and studying material for that exam.
https://www.eccouncil.org/programs/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh/


I'm a 20+ year IT person, with most of that in the Cybersecurity field. This answer regarding the CEH certifcation is spot-on. It's a great way to get training and show achievement in the field, and it is widely recognized and desired by employers. Rob House

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John’s Answer

Hi Nicholas,

Cyber Security is the right path to go. It is the future now with AI developing. With the technology uprising you will be able to have a career or a job in this industry. There are plenty of certifications for hands on training that you could take anywhere. Youtube has plenty of skilled people that explain detail information but this is only for basics to get your foot on the door.

Below are a list of URLs that would help you get started. I will start with CompTIA+ to at least get a field in IT so you will have an understanding on how systems work and then jump into Security+. Security+ is the foundation in Cyber Security. Get the book, read it and start teaching yourself hands on skills.

CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide 4th Edition

https://www.amazon.com/CompTIA-Security-Get-Certified-Ahead/dp/1939136059/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=security%2B+book&qid=1565364463&s=gateway&sr=8-3

CompTIA Security+ Study Guide: Exam SY0-501 7th Edition

https://www.amazon.com/CompTIA-Security-Study-Guide-SY0-501/dp/1119416876/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=security%2B+sybex&qid=1565364490&s=gateway&sr=8-2

https://www.comptia.org/certifications - Security+ and others.
https://www.giac.org/

Good luck,

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Vuk’s Answer

Hi,

Becoming an ethical hacker is complex task. In order to be successful you need to have a wide knowledge about IT and specialisation in several fields.

General operating system knowledge, programming, Linux is tool you are going to use every day so I suggest to learn it well. Also willingness to do research and deep dive into it will help a lot.

Thera are several industry certification mentioned previous. CEH(Certified Ethical Hacking) from EC-Council is good starting point.

Also train yourself to read a long, heavy worded documents (polices and procedures).


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Alisa’s Answer

There are multiple consulting firms (some large firms where it is one of over a hundred things they do and some small where it is all they do) that provide this service to clients. They are hired to find vulnerabilities and then another team comes in and proposes/ implements a solution. These are called red and blue teams normally. I would learn as much as you can on your own. Most of these firms will no train you on the skills needed. You are expected to know them and learn more from others on the job. If you are really interested in ethical hacking (I assume you mean hacking to help companies/ there are multiple definitions for this), I would suggest looking into very large consulting firms to start at. Once you get a few years of experience then looking into a boutique consulting firm.


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Willman’s Answer

Hi Nicholas, this is an awesome question. Now days we have access to a vast amount of information, and that makes the learning process much, much better and fun. Remember we are here to serve others and to become the best of ourselves in the process.

I would like to share with you a link where you can go and start learning from a great teacher some cool tricks in the great ethical hacking world.

Website: Udemy.com
Professor: Bryson Payne.
Course: Real-World Ethical Hacking: Hands-on Cybersecurity.
$ 100 wait for promotions you can get it for $ 12.

The best for you.

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Willman’s Answer

Hi Nicholas, this is an awesome question. Now days we have access to a vast amount of information, and that makes the learning process much, much better and fun. Remember we are here to serve others and to become the best of ourselves in the process.

I would like to share with you a link where you can go and start learning from a great teacher some cool tricks in the great ethical hacking world.

Website: Udemy.com
Professor: Bryson Payne.
Course: Real-World Ethical Hacking: Hands-on Cybersecurity.
$ 100 wait for promotions you can get it for $ 12.

The best for you.

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Sebastian’s Answer

Highly recommend the OSCP certifications. They are respected in the industry and not super expensive.

https://www.offensive-security.com/pwk-oscp/?utm_source=adwords&utm_term=oscp&utm_campaign=&utm_medium=ppc&hsa_mt=b&hsa_ad=416866894009&hsa_net=adwords&hsa_src=g&hsa_kw=oscp&hsa_tgt=kwd-304102459&hsa_cam=9248778671&hsa_acc=7794287291&hsa_ver=3&hsa_grp=92741699943&gclid=CjwKCAjw_Y_8BRBiEiwA5MCBJg5L4fTg1KLYRFDPTxFy6-4R9zPC1jG76GW3Ow0778PfDlBrpQ8GvhoCIqkQAvD_BwE

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Shelly’s Answer

Bug bounty and IT infrastructure knowledge are spot on! I'd also suggest that you find a role in IT operations for any company, to understand how a 'typical' organization operates their IT environment, to best understand the entry points that a hacker can exploit. Learning about how their the users interact with the data, where and how important data is stored and identified will help give you the insights to ultimately protect data!

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