When in this profession, never engage in 'black hat' hacking. That means intruding or attacking anyone's network without having full permission.
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Friday, October 04, 2013: If viruses and DDoS attacks tickle your fancy, you might consider becoming a legal hacker or an ethical hacker. Various businesses and government-related organizations are quite serious about their network security and thus need to hire ethical hackers to enhance their networks, applications, and other computer systems to prevent data theft and frauds.
But, the pertinent question is how does the job market look like for ethical hackers? Well, chances are extremely bright! The IT market continues to grow regardless the recent economic turmoil.
How to get Started
If you are yet to start your IT career, you might even consider going for military service. The military offers several interesting IT opportunities, and you might even get paid to go to school, even when you enlist in a part-time branch such as the National Guard or Reserves.
Start with the basics: You can earn your A+ Certification and go for a tech support position. After gaining some experience and additional certification of (Network+ or CCNA), you can move up to a network support or admin role. After few year, you can move up to the role of a network engineer. Don't stop here! Put in some more time to earn security certifications such as Security+, CISSP, or TICSA and look for information security position. When you're there, focus on n penetration testing--and gain some expertise with the tools of the trade. Now, it's time to work toward the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification introduced by the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council for short). But, spend some time in marketing yourself as an ethical hacker.
It is important for a professional hacker to network. You must discover and play with Unix/Linux commands and distributions. You must ensure you also learn some programming -probably C, LISP, Perl, or Java. You also need to spend some time with databases such as SQL.
Hacking also requires use of so-called soft skills, just like other IT job. You require strong work ethic, impressive problem-solving and communications skills, and ability to stay motivated in tough times.
Ethical hackers must have people skills and talent for manipulation and should have ability to convince others to reveal credentials.
When in this profession, never engage in "black hat" hacking- that means intruding or attacking anyone's network without having full permission. When you engage in illegal activities, it might lead to conviction and end your ethical hacking career.
Becoming a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
In order to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) you need to earn suitable credential from the EC-Council after gaining few years of security-related IT experience. The certification
will help you gain understanding of security from the mindset of a hacker.
The EC-Council normally requires that you to have around two years of information-security-related work experience which must be endorsed by your employer in addition to passing the exam.
If you are interested ethical hacking, you can check the resources section of the EC-Council site. Moreover, a quick Amazon search will result in several books on ethical hacking and the CEH certification, as well. You can even Google the term to find simple hacking how-tos.