The route to becoming a Cyber Security Ethical Hacker
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The route to becoming a Cyber Security Ethical Hacker

Here it is! Part-5 of our Cyber Security Awareness Month mini-series. So far we’ve looked at ‘how Cyber Threats really work’, where we discussed what cyber threats are and typical ways hackers try to hack you.

Next we explained ‘How cyber threats affect you’, where we discussed the dangers of cyber attacks and ways cyber-criminals target you.

During our third week we looked at the important topic of ‘Protecting your small business from a cyber-attack, which detailed the ways you can protect your business from cyber-crime.

And last week we addressed the ‘Top 5 Cyber Security Trends of 2019’.

As Ethical Hacking is one of the most popular choices from individuals to get into Cyber Security, we are choosing this last blog in the mini-series to talk about the route to becoming an Ethical Hacker.

How do you become an Ethical Hacker?

Contrary to popular belief, getting into Cyber Security doesn’t start with a Cyber Security qualification but rather with IT qualifications. Below we discuss a typical route with e-Careers, to go from little to no experience all the way through to a certified Professional Ethical Hacker. At the end of each stage, you’re able to apply for job roles at certain levels but to work in an Ethical Hacker role, you’ll need to work your way through the course to the last stage.

Stage 1 – IT Fundamentals

Complete CompTIA fundamentals qualifications, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+. These courses focus on the fundamentals of IT security, networking and IT software/hardware, giving you a well-rounded overview of essential IT skills and knowledge.

CompTIA A+ - The CompTIA A+ course is the perfect course for anyone looking to start a career in IT and Cyber Security.

CompTIA Network+ - The Official CompTIA Network+ course is ideal for any IT professional who is looking to specialise in networking and open a new avenue of their career in IT networking or support.

CompTIA Security+ - The CompTIA Security+ is one of the most in-demand qualifications in IT security. This vendor-neutral certification gives you the relevant knowledge and skills needed to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks and devices and other functions needed to be a trusted and reliable IT security professional.

Stage 2 – Introduction into Cyber Security

CompTIA offers a way into Cyber Security for those new to the industry, through the CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst Certification (CySA). This course teaches you how to prevent, detect and combat cyber security threats.  

Stage 3 – First stage of Cyber Security qualifications

Next, you work your way into the first stages of Cyber Security training with Mile2, through the Mile2 Certified Vulnerability Assessor qualification (C)VA). Throughout this course you’ll understand how to use vulnerability assessor tools and exploits, as well as understanding the importance of vulnerability assessments, by providing industry specific skills and techniques, learnt from this course.   

Stage 4 – Specialist Cyber Security qualifications (Part 1)

The Mile2 Certified Penetration Testing Engineer qualification (C)PTE) provides you with industry recognised, hands-on knowledge around the core 5 elements of Penetration Testing: Information Gathering, Scanning, Enumeration, Exploitation and Reporting. You'll learn to use the latest tools, including Saint, Metasploit through Kali Linux and Microsoft PowerShell.

Stage 5 – Specialist Cyber Security qualifications (Part 2)

Now you’re ready to take your qualification in Ethical Hacking, through the Mile2 Certified Professional Ethical Hacker qualification C)PEH. Here you’ll specialise in both the theory and practical sides of Ethical Hacking.

Throughout this course you'll discover how malware and other virus types function, as well as learning how to implement counter response and preventative measures.

Stage 6 – Advanced Options: Specialising in Cloud Security or Network Forensics

If you’d like to focus on other specialist areas of Cyber Security, two good options are Cloud Security and Network Forensics. They make excellent choices either before or after the specialist Cyber Security qualifications, above.

Mile2 Certified Cloud Security Officer C)CSO – The Cloud is one of the biggest and best technological advancements of recent years, with all data being stored in a virtual, ubiquitous environment. With so much data being stored in the Cloud, security is a huge challenge. The Mile2 Certified Cloud Security Officer course covers global standards for cloud security along with governance, to ensure you know how to keep systems and infrastructure safe.

The Mile2 Certified Cloud Security Officer course is suitable for anyone who requires a general understand of security in the Cloud, including Virtualisation Administrators, Cloud Administrators and Compliance Officers.

Mile2 Certified Network Forensics Examiner C)NFE – Throughout this qualification you’ll Learn about centralising and investigating logging systems and network devices, as well as investigation and recovery of data in a network, Physical Interception, Traffic Acquisition, Analysis, Wireless Attacks, and SNORT.

All Mile2 certification courses are accredited by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as being on the FBI’s preferred tier 1-3 certification training list.

The average salary paid to Cyber Security employees in London, UK is £77,500 per annum.

Well, there we have it. Part-5 of our Cyber Security Awareness Month mini-series. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series and learnt something new. If you’re interested in moving into Cyber Security, we’d love to hear from you. Fill out an enquiry form or give us a call today – 0203 198 7700.

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