In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of ethical hacking courses in India. The courses mentioned in this article can be pursued after completing 12th and/or relevant graduation program.
Ethical hacking has gained huge popularity in the recent years. With the rise in usage of internet technology, internet security has become a matter of concern for us. Time and again, we come across instances of data theft, identity theft, online monetary fraud etc.
Yes, internet security can’t be taken lightly! Ethical hacking can be said to be a part of internet security.
What is ethical hacking? What’s the scope associated with this field? How to become an ethical hacker? Which professional ethical hacking courses are available in India? You will find answers to these questions in the coming paragraphs.
What is ethical hacking?
Hacking deals with breaking into a computer network, system or internet entity by exploiting its weaknesses and/or loopholes. There are two sides to hacking – ethical hacking and black hat hacking (regular hacking).
Ethical hackers hack into computer networks, systems and internet entities of organizations and companies. They hack into these systems to find out flaws, loopholes and security vulnerabilities present within the system.
In short, ethical hackers investigate and find out flaws in networks, systems and web entities. The ultimate aim of an ethical hacker is to identify vulnerabilities in the system and patch it up in a timely manner!
Black hat hackers (or regular hackers) hack into systems with bad intention (for their personal benefit). On the other hand, ethical hackers break into systems to identify its vulnerabilities and patch it up!
In this digital age, internet technology plays a very important role in our day to day lives. We rely on internet for banking, shopping, education and entertainment.
Governments have citizens’ data stored on their servers and systems. In short, lot of important data is being stored on servers and computer networks each day.
This data is very valuable. To keep this data safe from the hands of hackers, one must make sure that the servers, networks and systems are hack-proof. This is where ethical hackers come handy.
Governments, MNCs, Big Brands, Tech giants, IT firms – all of them hire ethical hackers with the aim of keeping their systems and networks free from security vulnerabilities.
Skills required to thrive in this field are –
- Sound technical knowledge (related to computers, networking, database etc)
- Eye for detail
- Good programming skills
- Proficiency in using hacking tools
- Genuine interest in hacking
How to become an ethical hacker?
There are various academic programs – Diploma and Certificate – that aims at training students on ethical hacking. On the other hand, there are many self-taught ethical hackers too!
In short, if you want to become an ethical hacker, you may or may not have formal training. But getting formal training is always beneficial since it will help boost one’s career prospects.
To become a certified hacker, one may rely on certification courses that I’ve mentioned in this article (mentioned below). It is always better to complete a relevant Degree or Diploma course (Computer Science, Information Technology, Networking etc) before you decide to start ethical hacking certification program.
Most of the advanced certified ethical hacking programs require you to have a relevant Degree or Diploma (Computer Science, Information Technology, Networking etc).
Ethical hacking courses in India
Though there are no specific ‘ethical hacking’ Degree courses in India, relevant Degree courses do exist. Courses mentioned below belongs to the following categories – Bachelor’s Degree courses, PG Degree courses and Certification courses. Here they are –
- B.Tech. Cyber Security and Forensic
- B.Sc. in Networking and Security
- B.Tech. IT & Cyber Security
- M.Tech. CSE (Information Security)
- M.Tech. Computer Science and Information Security
- M.Tech. Information Security
- M.Tech. Cyber Laws and Information Security
- CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) course
- SSCP course
- CISSP course
- CISA course
- CISM course
- OSCP course
Apart from the above mentioned courses, there also exists numerous online portals that offers ethical hacking training. If you want to know the basics of ethical hacking, attend an ethical hacking workshop.
Career prospects and job opportunities
As I mentioned before, skilled ethical hackers are well valued by recruiters. Governments, MNCs, Big Brands, Tech giants, IT firms – all of them hire ethical hackers with the aim of keeping their systems and networks free from security vulnerabilities.
Some of the prime recruiters are –
- IT firms
- Government organizations
- Tech firms
In the above mentioned work setups, ethical hackers may don the following roles –
- System administrator
- Ethical hacker
- System security architect
- Network security specialist
- Security manager
- Systems auditor
- Secure programmer
- Encryption specialist
- Security analyst
Entrepreneurship is also a good opportunity available in front of ethical hackers. He/she may work independently as a freelancer, consultant or bounty hunter.