What Is Ethical Hacking?
Also known as Intrusion Testing or Penetration Testing, Ethical Hacking is a computer and network based expertise to detect loopholes in an IT system and fix them accordingly. The ethical hackers are well versed in computer and networking algorithms. Such experts intrude into security system on behalf of their owners to ensure that the system is not vulnerable to malicious hackers.
Ethical hackers are employed to enhance safety potentiality of a computer system to specifically prevent external threats from attacking it. With internet consumption skyrocketing worldwide, ethical hackers have become integral workforce of any IT security industry today.
In the United State alone, the ethical hacking was expected to be a US $3.8 billion industry. It was also estimated that around 77,000 ethical hackers will be required in every year in India. Sadly, the country produces just 15000 such hackers in a year currently.
No doubt, ethical hacking is mounting at a very significant pace worldwide. It therefore offers a wide spectrum of lucrative job opportunities for those who want to make career in it.
Skill Sets Required
First of all, the aspirant should have good grasp of writing programming languages such as C+, C++, Perl, Python and Ruby. An experience with Web Applications, PHP, and Microsoft.NET will be very useful for the aspirants.
If you are well versed in Assembly Language, you can become a part of a team working as Disassembled Binaries Analyst.
Knowledge of Operating Systems (Microsoft Windows, Linux etc.) and Network Devices (switches, routers, firewall etc.) are also very useful in this respect.
A basic familiarity with TCP/IP protocols such as SMTP, ICMP and HTTP is also vital.
The aspirants should have good soft skills including adaptability and resourcefulness to troubleshoot any unforeseeable snags during testing software and systems.
An ethical hacker with no prior working experience in this field can work as an intern for months with annual package of Rs 2.5 lakhs in India. Thus the rate of growth in remuneration increases as per the work experience increases.
A professional with more than 5 years experience can work in an information security industry on handsome annual package of Rs 12 lakhs.
In conclusion, ethnic hacking can be one of the lucrative career options for the aspirants. With mounting popularity worldwide, the aspirant can work in reputed IT Company in any part of the world. The scope of ethnic hacking is very large and wide today.