Penetration testing certifications

Introduction

In our digital world, cybersecurity is of the utmost importance. Most businesses are connected through fragile networks. Compromising them via cyberattacks may jeopardize internet banking, e-commerce and sensitive data transmission. 

Penetration testing is a method used by penetration testers to evaluate the security of information systems by simulating the attack from a malicious source. In other words, penetration testing is an authorized test conducted to identify the weaknesses and security loopholes in the organization’s security posture and then take appropriate security measures to address these deficiencies.

Unlike the security provided by traditional security tools, penetration testers can provide dynamic security using several open-source methodologies such as PCI DSS, NIST 800-115 and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). They even go one step beyond vulnerability assessment by exploiting the vulnerabilities found during the database penetration testing, perimeter testing, cloud penetration testing, file integrity checking, network security assessment and several other forms of assessments, and reporting their findings to the group commissioning the penetration test.

However, becoming a penetration tester is not a piece of cake. Proper certification and experience are required to safeguard a corporation’s IT infrastructure. In this article, we will take a detailed look into some of the most popular and industry-leading penetration testing certifications.

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

CEH is the fundamental information security certification that helps you to master hacking technologies and certifies you as an ethical hacker. When you’re CEH-certified, you will be able to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses in target systems and employ the same knowledge and tools as a threat actor, but certainly in a legitimate and lawful manner. In a nutshell, the ethical hacker acts by taking all nefarious techniques and methodologies into consideration that hackers use during exploitation.

CEH involves hand-on practices in which the lab environment simulates (Read more...)

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