The Ethical Hacker is a security specialist who conducts in-depth tests to penetrate networks and computer systems on behalf of an organization. The objective is to facilitate organizations in ascertaining the vulnerabilities and security flaws before their exploitation by hackers. Ethical hackers mimic the approach adopted by hackers with minimum disruption in services. The extent of the tests depends on the contract between the ethical hacker and the organization.
The CEH Program certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. The Certified Ethical Hacker certification enhances the skill sets of security administrators, network administrators, security auditors and other IT professionals. Certified Ethical hackers are skilled in identifying the threat vectors in the IT infrastructure and use their expertise in strengthening the defenses against security threats.