To improve the security on the internet, there’s been an increasing demand for ethical hackers (also known as white hat hackers) as they protect the computer systems from dangerous intrusions. There’s been a need of technically skilled IT pros with a strong desire to solve problems and prevent malicious hackers from causing damage to network systems.
We should know that internet security isn’t just about creating awareness, it’s about how we contribute to improving it. Ethical hacking is the way you can contribute to enhancing security measures. Everyone asks me the question many times a day “How to become an ethical hacker?”. I have to say that a professional ethical hacker requires motivation, dedication, initiative, self-education and formal training in ethical hacking. But, it doesn’t seems to be an answer for them
Finally, I am going to share “How to become an ethical hacker” and I’ll be adding some related articles at the end of this article where you can learn the basics of white hat hacking. I’ll also link some of my other articles which will help you to understand it better. So, first of all, clear your concepts regarding the difference between a hacker and a cracker.
Hacker vs Cracker
A hacker is a computer programmer who loves to tweak with the computer systems to get more than available information and would like to have unrestricted access to anything he desires. A Cracker is a malicious hacker i.e. a cracker is a hacker who had hideous intentions and likes creating/destroying others. He simply gets happiness by hurting someone else. In short, remember a cracker is the bad guy-the sadist!
How to become an Ethical Hacker?
Hacking is not something you can learn by simply reading eBooks, reading this article, watching YouTube videos, following hacking related pages on Facebook or by following some websites. Yet, these platforms are very important to practice hacking and gain interest and knowledge. It needs a lot more efforts. You have to be constantly updated with the latest technology and you should do a lot of live hacking then you will reach near perfection.
Now, If you are serious about learning this stuff, you must have patience and knowledge of the following topics:
A programmer or developer knows how to develop software and a website. These software or websites may be very important and require better security. Here, a role of hacker will be as a security analyst who can find the flaws in the programs or websites and help a developer to make it more secure. It is not possible if the hacker doesn’t have the knowledge of programming and development. So, You have to keep patience and learn programming. I have already written some articles that will help you to understand programming and development.
- How to become a Good Programmer?
- Best Websites to Learn Programming.
- Most Useful Programming Languages for Ethical Hacking
- Why Programming is the Must Needed Skill For A Hacker?
The knowledge of networking is very essential. We daily share a lot of stuff on the internet. Some data may be shared publicly but some data must be private e.g your passwords, pictures, bank information etc. An ethical hacker must have the ability to find out any flaw on the network. If he/she is aware of the working of the internet, he/she can figure out most of the problems on the network. I am mentioning some articles which will help you to learn more about internet concepts and the reality of passwords you daily use.
Do you know whenever you Log-In to your bank website (or any website that requires high security), It encrypts your information so nobody can understand what your information is? It is possible with cryptography. There are basically two terms used in the cryptography:
Encryption is changing real data into another form so nobody can understand and decryption is getting back the information that was changed into another form. The data can be decrypted by the same system that is used for encryption using the same technology.
So, a hacker must have knowledge of cryptography and its algorithms and key concepts. It is definitely not hard to learn if you learn with proper interest.
4. Database Management system
If you know programming and development then you must know how the website or any program is developed. With knowledge of networking, we can perform various network attacks. With the help of cryptography, we can ensure the data is secure.
But wait! that’s not enough. Is there anything missing? Yes, we haven’t talked about the database yet. All the data we share on the internet through any website are saved somewhere in the database. These databases contain very important and sensitive information which must be only visible to an authorized person only. The details can be our bank account detail also (Though, a Facebook account is more important). Even if the data is encrypted, A hacker may brute-force the algorithms and decrypt the data. So, a database must be properly secured from attacks.
To become an ethical hacker, you must have to know how data is stored, how data is retrieved and how it can be secured.
Linux is powerful. It’s also free, and 100% open source, meaning anyone can look at each and every line of code in the Linux kernel and patch it when problems arise, means that Linux can be secured not just by a few programmers locked away in some corporate headquarters, but by any user at any time. This is one thing, but there are 99 more.
I have written two articles and they are enough to tell you why do I prefer Linux
While learning the aforementioned skills are very important to become an ethical hacker, there are other things you need to consider as well, if you want to start your career in ethical hacking. One of those things is getting certified as an ethical hacker, which will boost your chances of landing in an ethical hacking job. However, getting a certification is not as easy as you might think. This is where you can leverage online ethical hacking certification courses, like the one provided by Simplilearn. The ethical hacking course (CEH) provided by Simplilearn aims to help you clear the certification exam in the first attempt itself.
That’s all. Here are some more articles which can be useful for further information
- What is a DDoS Attack?
- How does social media sites can be hacked?
- How to Get the best Possible security on the internet?
- Worlds Top 10 most wanted black hat hackers