One of the best and known security certifications in the EC-Council portfolio. Have you heard about Certified Ethical Hacker? I bet you have.
The actual version of the certification (v7.1, 8 will be available soon) covers almost all aspects from the white hat hacking topics.
The goal of the ethical hacker work is to test a corporation’s network and systems defense under a contract and identify weaknesses in security configurations and operation procedures.
Government regulations in many countries (like PCI-DSS) require companies in certain industries to have a penetration testing done on a regular basis. Someone with the CEH security certification can easily help with that.
Candidates for the CEH security certification will also learn about the art of penetration testing in order to create a network intrusion prevention plan.
In other words: Do a fun stuff and let to pay for that. One of the best security certifications to have.
What Exams You Must Pass to Become CEH?
You must pass only one exam: 312-50 (known also as EC0-350).
If you attend the official training then you do not need any requirements.
If you decide to learn by yourself you need to:
- Have at least two years of documented experience with IT security
- Pay $100.0 (Prometric APTC Eligibility Application Fee or VUE Eligibility Application Fee) and send an email to EC-Council for approval
- Submit a completed Exam Eligibility Form
- Upon approval, EC-Council will send you an eligibility voucher number, which you can use to register to the exam
Format of the Exam
The Certified Ethical Hacker exam consists of 150 single and multi-choice questions.
Where You Can Pass the CEH Exam
You have three ways to pass the exam.
- Prometric Prime – after you complete training of an EC-Council certified course
- Prometric examination center
- Pearson VUE examination center
How Much Does the CEH Exam Cost
The exam is expensive and costs $500 plus taxes.
You can buy exam vouchers from EC-Council Accredited Training Centers or directly in Prometric or Pearson VUE centers.
How To Renew Your CEH Certification
CEH holders have to achieve a total of 120 credits (ECE) per member (ECE program covers ENSA, CEH, CHFI, ECSA/LPT, ECVP, ECSP, CNDA and ECDR) within a period of three years. Here you can find a list of all activities for obtaining the credits.
Scope of the CEH exam
The certification process and the exam itself covers 19 topics from the white hat hacking, like network scanning, social engineering and SQL injection.
The list of all actual topics and descriptions you can find on the EC-Council website.
How To Prepare to the CEH Exam?
- Books that will help you with the preparation process:
- Great computer-based program from Career Academy for $1400
- Authorized Training
Almost all subjects you can test in a home based environment with Windows and Linux machines, connected to each other via a switch. Of course, almost everything, you can test in the virtual environment with VMware or VirtualBox.
Examples of Job Opportunities
If you interested with sharing your success story with CEH please contact me.
Questions and Answers
Q: What is the DoD 8570.1M directive and do I need CEH for that?
A: Everything about this directive you can read here. In simple words this policy tells about access to DoD information system, military personnel, civilian contractors, and foreign employees alike. Passing the CEH exam opens all doors connected with the computer NetworkDefense categories “CND”.
Q: I completed the training few minutes ago. Can I pass the test next week?
A: Yes. Just make sure that you have a certificate of attendance with expiration date on the voucher.
Q: Where can I find questions from the exam? I must do some tests before starting real preparation.
A: The exam itself is covered by NDA. EC-Council provides the CEH Assessments. You should try this.