Best ethical hacking certification (2022)

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Hacking isn’t necessarily about just having an in-depth knowledge of code: It’s about enjoying a challenge and problem-solving. 

While understanding the bare bones of computing, specific programming languages, risk analysis, and networking before working your way up is valuable and may help you have a successful career in cybersecurity, the work opportunities vary based on your interests and the path you wish to pursue. 

One path you can pursue is that of ethical hacking: Learning how to think like an attacker in order to find and remediate vulnerabilities before threat actors are able to exploit gaps in enterprise systems for illicit financial gain, cyberespionage, or to cause damage. Ethical hacking is also core to the concept of bug bounties — finding vulnerabilities and security problems in services and software on behalf of vendors in return for credit and financial rewards.

One aspect of these courses is that they focus more on offense rather than defense, and topics covered often include penetration testing, malware analysis, exploit creation, learning how to use the programming languages which often provide the backbone for today’s malware and a study of modern hacking tools. 

Below, ZDNet has compiled a list of recommended courses to explore in the ethical hacking field.

EC-Council CEH Best overall because it is globally recognized

The first recommendation, and perhaps the most well-known option today, is the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) qualification. 

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