It is important to have a Bachelor’s degree (BSc, BTech, BE, BCA) in Information Technology or Computer Science to become an ethical hacker. Candidates with advanced diploma in network security or relevant technology can also choose ethical hacking as professional career. A certification from a reputed institute enhances the chances of getting hired by some big names in the IT sector. The list of international certifications is:
There seems to be a general misconception that a person with an ethical hacking career is only responsible for penetration testing of systems and applications. This is not true, and an ethical hacker is responsible for much more.
A person with an ethical hacking career is expected to be proficient in database handling, networking, and operating systems and also have excellent soft skills as they need to communicate problems regarding security to the rest of the organization. Other than these generalized skillsets, an ethical hacker also have a good grasp on the following skills:
Apart from this, an ethical hacker must be a creative thinker because black hat hackers are constantly coming up with ingenious ways to exploit a system and it is an ethical hacker’s job to predict and prevent such breaches.