What is a Certified Ethical Hacker?

A Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a skilled security professional who can find weaknesses and vulnerabilities in targeted systems. 

CEH credentials certify individuals from a vendor-neutral perspective, lawfully and legitimately. They apply the same tools as a hacker to assess an organization’s security posture against malicious hacks.

Why is CEH important?

Organizations that want to protect their security systems from bad actors can rely on the help of a CEH professional to test and validate the strength of their information security. 

A CEH professional has expertise in assessing weaknesses and vulnerabilities using the same methods as a malicious hacker. They can proactively identify and address weaknesses and improve the integrity of an organization’s network infrastructure.

Who needs CEH?

Any organization that is vulnerable to breaches and hacks can benefit from working with a CEH professional. 

How to become a Certified Ethical Hacker

To qualify for the CEH exam, it is recommended that you attend a training program or have at least 2-years of professional experience in a related security role. 

The six-hour exam is considered to be rigorous. It requires the person to demonstrate a wide array of techniques to solve various security audit challenges. The exam is modeled after real-world scenarios and mimics a real corporate network environment.

The Certifying Association

CEH certification is created by and offered through the EC-Council. 

Requirements to stay certified

CEH certificates are valid for up to three years from the date of the exam. To stay certified, the EC-Council requires 120 continuing education credits to be submitted every three years, or 40 credits every year.