“Hacker” didn’t start out as a bad word, but it’s evolved into one, thanks to hackers of the malicious kind. Despite how oxymoronic the term “ethical hacker” may seem, the Certified Ethical Hacker credential is no joke.
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a computer certification that indicates proficiency in network security, especially in thwarting malicious hacking attacks through pre-emptive countermeasures.
About the CEH
The CEH credential is a vendor-neutral certification for information technology professionals who wish to specialize in stopping and identifying malicious hackers by using the same knowledge and tools the criminals use.
Even before the credential was introduced, private firms and government agencies were hiring reformed malicious hackers because they believed that was the best method for securing their networks. The CEH credential takes this a step further by requiring those who earn it to agree in writing to abide by the law and honor a code of ethics.
The credential is sponsored by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), a member-supported professional organization. Its goal, according to its website, is to establish and maintain standards and credentials for ethical hacking as a profession and to educate IT professionals and the public on the role and value of such specialists.
In addition to CEH certification, the EC-Council offers several other certifications relevant for network security jobs, as well as those for secure programming, e-business, and computer forensics jobs. Certification proficiency levels range from entry-level to consultant (independent contractor).