Hacking is not always a bad word. The world of Hacking is also divided into good guys and bad guys. The bad guys are called the black hat hackers’ and are the ones responsible for cyber-crimes like data theft, security breach and so on. The White Hat hackers use hacking for security operations and network maintenance, preventing cyber crimes and attacks.

The need of the hour: The rising demand for ethical professional hackers:
Professional Hackers are hired by Public and Private Organisations to create and maintain security operations. They are responsible for detecting and preventing network vulnerabilities. Their responsibility also includes preventing data theft and security breach. The job profile of a professional hacker looks pretty lucrative. An experienced professional hacker can earn up to $ 120000 or more annually.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is an International certification body. It is the organisation which certifies qualified candidates as professional hackers. To become CEH Certified, you can:
• Take the CEH Examination after attending training at an Accredited Training Center (ATC)
• Complete it through self-study. You will have to fill an application with relevant documents of proof showing two years of relevant IT and Information security work experience. The candidates without work experience can request consideration on educational grounds.

Overview of the Examination:
• Number of Questions: 150
• Duration: 4 Hours
• Test Format: Multiple Choice
• Minimum Pass Percentage: 70
• Test Delivery: ECC EXAM, VUE
• Exam Prefix: 312-50 (ECC EXAM), 312-50 (VUE)

The code for the CEH exam is 312-50, and the certification is in Version 9 as of 2016. The version 7 and version 8 exams cost US $ 500 for the actual test and $100 as a non-refundable fee for registration. Version 9 module is available in very few countries. Job titles for CEH-certified professionals are a penetration tester, network security specialist, ethical hacker, security consultant, site administrator, auditor, etc.

The main components of the course are:
1. Information Gathering
2. Scanning
3. Footprint reconnaissance
4. Gaining Access
5. Maintaining Access
6. Covering tracks

The importance of iLabs: An amazing access to the virtual reality of Hacking
One of the most beneficial aspects of the course is that one gets access to the virtual labs created by security experts. This is the perfect sandbox for a young new hacker to practice in stimulating environments which are primarily drawn from real life hacking experience. They allow you access to over 2000 unique hacking tools.

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