The Ultimate Study Guide for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Exam

The Ultimate Study Guide for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Exam

Let’s be honest, no one likes studying. No matter the subject, it’s tempting to procrastinate. After all, some tests you can take on an hour of sleep and two cans of Red Bull. Unfortunately, the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is not one of them.

Given the ever-growing importance of cyber security, maybe it’s no surprise that the CEH is rated as one of the hardest exams in the IT world. A four-hour long affair that costs $950 or more, it’s not something you want to do more than once. That means studying smart is everything if you want to learn how to ethically hack.

Fortunately, there’s no need to go it alone. We’ve prepared a list of resources and handy advice so you can pass with flying colors.

Exam Overview

“To beat a hacker, you need to think like a hacker.”
—EC-Council on CEH

The Certified Ethical Hacker is a vendor-neutral certification focused on cyber security and penetration testing. Its goal is to certify that a professional is able to identify weakness and vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could exploit. In ethical hacking or, “white hat,” hacking, this information is used to help an organization strengthen its defenses.

Here’s the lowdown on the test.

The purpose of the CEH credential is to:

  • Establish and govern minimum standards for credentialing professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures.
  • Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum standards.
  • Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession.

If you’re not sure if you want to get your CISSP or CEH, check out our blog on 5 Essential IT Certifications for Cyber Security Jobs.

CEH Exam Quick Facts

  • Exam Voucher Cost: $950 – $1,199 (this is the Certified Ethical Hacker certification price)
  • Number of Questions: 125
  • Duration: Four hours
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC EXAM, VUE

Source: EC-Council

Though it may seem pricey, CEH-certified individuals make an average salary of $90,000 per year and as much as $126,381. With earning potential like that, the investment is well worth it.

CEH Prerequisites

The CEH program requires the candidate to have two years of work experience in the Information Security domain and should be able to provide a proof of the same as validated through the application process unless the candidate attends official training. If a candidate has completed official EC-Council training either at an Accredited Training Center, via the iClass platform, or at an approved academic institution, the candidate is eligible to attempt the relevant EC-Council exam without going through the application process. LeaderQuest is an Accredited EC-Council Training Center

Free Resources

Of course, everybody wants free hacker training! Fortunately, the EC-Council provides a variety of free resources to get you started. Begin by heading over to the CEH assessment which provides 50 questions that will give you an idea of how prepared you are to dive in. It’ll help you gauge what needs the most attention.

Next, the EC-Council’s comprehensive exam blueprint dives deep into which subjects will be covered in the text, how they are weighted, and even how many questions will be devoted to each topic. Going one step further, the EC-Council CEH Candidate Handbook v2.2 covers not only the nitty-gritty details, but also lays out a CEH career path, discusses the application process, and even outlines a strict code of ethics that white hat hackers must follow.

If you need to study on-the-go, this free EC-Council CEH™ v9 Exam Prep (which includes some in-app purchases) provides you with 600 practice questions over seven different subjects. It’s available for iPhone, Android, and through Amazon. It’s perfect for Certified Ethical Hacker online training.

Lastly, it’s important to stay in the mindset of a hacker and the EC-Council white papers are a great way to do that including the 10 Deadly Sins in Virtualization Security and 5 phases every hacker must follow.

Best Textbooks

Internet resources are great, but they can only take you so far. At some point, putting money into your CEH study is a wise choice. Here are the most highly-rated textbooks and what you can expect to learn from them.

Study with an Expert

No matter how hard you study alone, there’s bound to be gaps. If you’ve hit a wall in your studying, or are worried you’re missing key information that will help you pass, don’t go through it alone. At LeaderQuest, we offer a 5-day Certified Ethical Hacker training course taught by industry expert instructors. They know what they’re talking about because they’ve been there and had years of real experience. They’re ready to help you get certified while also preparing you for the real-life challenges you’ll face during your cyber security career.

LeaderQuest classes come with a CEH VUE exam voucher (value $1,199) and an opportunity to take the test at our onsite location. That way, you don’t have to stress about the details and can focus on passing. You also won’t have to pay the $100 eligibility application fee for self-study students. If you ever feel like you need a refresher, we offer free class resits to all our graduates.

No matter what your schedule, we can work with you. Our classes are available on campus, online, during the day, or at night. We will work with your schedule to get you certified and strengthen your earning potential.

Don’t tear your hair out studying for your Certified Ethical Hacker. Train with the experts at LeaderQuest and kick your cyber security career up a notch. Your next Ethical hacking job is out there today.

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Is an Ethical Hacking Course Right for You?

Is an Ethical Hacking Course Right for You?

Battles between corporations, governments, and countries are no longer fought using physical force. The cyber war has begun and the consequences can be seen in everyday life. If you are equipped with problem-solving, solid communication, and IT security skills, you have what it takes for cyber security training.  A certification in Ethical Hacking can train you to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems, as well as how to close those doors and protect systems from malicious hackers.

Do you want to learn to think like a bad guy so you can help the good guys?

What are cyber attacks?

There are four main types of cyber attacks:

  1. Organized crime rings, attempting to steal something of value from a company or individual.
  2. Nation-state actors, organizations that are motivated to make a change that sways an issue to their favor.
  3. Hackers or hacktivists, trying to make radical political statements or get attention from political institutions.
  4. Trusted individuals within a company who have access to top secret information and can access the company’s internal communications easily.

All of these are potential attacks happen unannounced. With cyber security training, you’ll be able to protect a company against malicious attacks like these.

What is the ROI on hiring a certified ethical hacker?

With cyber security awareness on the rise, corporations are spending money to proactively hack their internal systems to search for vulnerabilities before a real hacker can penetrate their network.  A breach of security can deplete a company’s resources or steal information that is not public knowledge. These attacks can cause great financial distress. According to the Ponemon Institute, “the average price for small businesses to clean up after their businesses have been hacked stands at $690,000; and, for middle market companies, it’s over $1 million.” In fact, 60% of small companies that suffer a cyber attack are out of business within six months. Because of this, cyber security certifications are in high demand.

A certified ethical hacker is an investment for a company who has assets they don’t want to have exposed. The cost is minimal compared to the loss that could happen if hacked. When a company is looking to hire an ethical hacker, they want to get a qualified candidate as quickly as possible. By looking only at certified candidates, they save themselves time and money. Often, companies are looking for somebody with experience in both information systems and cyber security.

But ethical hacker certification isn’t just lucrative for companies. In 2014, there were 82,900 jobs posted for ethical hackers, almost 3 postings for every qualified applicant. In 2016, the median pay for an ethical hacker was $92,600 annually or $44.52 per hour! Ethical hacking is predicted to be one of the top IT job roles employers are seeking to fill in 2017. And this industry isn’t going away anytime soon. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Who is right for CEH certification?

One of our popular Cyber Security training programs, the Information Security Analyst program, is well matched for Network Analysts, Network Technicians, Network Administrators, System Administrators, System Security Engineers, Firewall Administrators, Network Security Engineers, IT Managers, IT Professionals, Security Specialists, and similar job roles that can meet the prerequisites.

Learn About the Information Security Analyst Program

CEH certification can aid your success in career paths such as Cyber Security Specialist, Information Security Auditor, Site Security Administrator, and others. The most common workplaces are computer companies, consulting firms, or business and financial companies. CEH is the best cyber security certification available when it comes to preparing workers for real threats they’ll face in the field. If you think you have what it takes, contact us.

What is our ethical hacking course like?

We offer one of the most effective cyber security certification programs available. For fifteen days you will be immersed in an interactive environment that combines expert instructor-led lectures, interactive peer discussions, and integrated lab experiences. You’ll have to assess live threats and stop them with your new skills.

We have a three pillar approach to cyber network defense:

  1. Prevention
  2. Reaction
  3. Retrospection

You’ll learn basic cybersecurity principles, then you will expand your knowledge even deeper with perimeter defense, hacking, forensics, and intrusion prevention.

Are you ready to become a certified ethical hacker?

Cyber security training puts you in the running for one of the top jobs of 2017. A CEH certification takes about three weeks of training, during which you’ll get in-depth knowledge on how to scan, test, hack, and secure computer systems while increasing your salary potential. In our ethical hacking course, you’ll learn proactive white hat hacking techniques to outsmart the black hats. A career in cyber security allows you to think like a criminal but protect like a guardian. So what are you waiting for?

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