What is Ethical Hacking? | Ethical Hacking

What is ethical hacking?

It is essential to test and validate an organisation’s information security measures and maturity.

Ethical hacking or penetration testing refers to the exploitation of an IT system with the permission of its owner to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses.

The results of ethical hacking are typically used to recommend preventive and corrective countermeasures that mitigate the risk of a cyber attack.

Is ethical hacking legal?

Yes. An ethical hacker is an individual who is trusted to attempt to penetrate an organisation’s networks or computer systems using the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker but lawfully and legitimately.

Attacking and defending

Protecting current systems and networks requires a broad understanding of attack strategies and in-depth knowledge of the hacker’s tactics, tools and motivations.

Effective ethical hacking is based on knowledge of the system network, equipment, user interaction, policies, procedures, physical security and business culture.

The increasing use of social engineering attack methodologies demands that every tester is also aware of the organisation and habits of its IT users (staff).


The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organisation that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills.

It is the owner and creator of the renowned Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) certification, as well as many other certification schemes, that are offered in more than 87 countries globally.

IT Governance Ltd is an EC-Council Accredited Training Center (ATC) and provides the best instructor-led exam preparation experience possible for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification

Launched in 2003 by the EC-Council, the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is globally recognised as the credential of choice for those looking to develop a senior career as an ethical hacker or penetration tester.

Its purposes are to:

  1. Establish and govern minimum standards for qualifying professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures;
  2. Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum requirements; and
  3. Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession.

How to become a Certified Ethical Hacker

To achieve the CEH qualification:

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Course

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Training Course

This fully accredited, practitioner-led ethical hacking course equips you with the skills to plan and perform ethical hacking (penetration testing) at an advanced level.

Taught by an information security professional, you can achieve an industry-recognised qualification in just five days.

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