Thoughts on Becoming a CEH
When researching the organizations that offer courses on becoming an authorized hacker, I did come across some interesting blogs and posts. One such blog by Roy Tanck talks about the CEH certification from the EC-Council, describes some of the tools he tested, and even offers a way to enter a drawing for an entire free course plus certification from EC-Council—a savings of almost $3,000, so that gives you a good idea of the price to become an authorized hacker—and one that’s also “ethical."
Another post from P.J. Connolly at InfoWorld says of ethical hacking: “Passing up an opportunity to do a crime when it's likely you'll be caught isn't being ethical, it's merely being sensible. It only becomes ethical when you decline the job knowing that you can't be caught." Hmm?
Connolly also points out that while many of these companies that offer CEH training and certification testing, answering “multiple choices questions, is not experience in hacking—it’s not hands-on."
The choice, however, is up to you when it comes to becoming an authorized hacker. If you do choose this route, keep the word “ethical" in mind here, chances are, even with courses and certifications like these, you still won’t be able to hack into the Pentagon, no matter how hard you try—but you can always frame the certificate in your secret hacker cave and at least say you're a hacker!
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