Ethical Hacking -- New Solution to Build a Reliable Network Security Program

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New Horizons, the world's largest Independent IT training company, launches new Certified Ethical Hacker Program, which certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. Ethical hacking serves as the foundational course of identifying and assessing the technology that hackers are using to get into the network. From there, the student gets to learn where an intruder is likely to go to find the most important information. The program also serves to demonstrate the importance of software security practices found in Microsoft training programs and in hardware security guides. What becomes apparent is that as with most other endeavors in life, there is an easy way to run a network, and then there is the proper way to run a network.

Why is adequate security such a difficult objective? It seems intuitive enough at first glance: reduce potential security risks without incurring too high of an expense. What becomes apparent is that as with most other endeavors in life, there is an easy way to run a network, and then there is the proper way to run a network. The two do not necessarily happen together.

There are fundamental trade offs between secure, usable and cheap, and the vast majority of networks are built to be usable and cheap, where cheap means "simple to deploy." The problem is that the easy way is not always the secure way. In many cases, operational practices that are simple also simplify an attack. In other cases, those practices outright enable attacks.

Hackers have changed targets; now they're attacking firewalls and other security products that are supposed to protect PCs. At a time when security -- especially Internet security -- is paramount, no sole product can be current enough to protect against known vulnerabilities. That's why there's no better time to master the hacking tools and security systems that pertain to Windows®, Linux® and wireless networks.

New Horizons offers The Certified Ethical Hacker Programâ„¢ which certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. The Certified Ethical Hacker certification will fortify the application knowledge of security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of the network infrastructure. A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker.

"Ensuring you instigate a comprehensive intruder detection process and run regular penetration tests on your own network. These are business critical functions about which you learn at Certified Ethical Hacker course," said Michael Hepburn, Network Administrator at New Horizons.

This class will immerse the student into an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack and secure their own systems. The lab intensive environment gives each student in-depth knowledge and practical experience. Students begin by understanding how perimeter defenses work, and then move on to scanning and attacking their own networks. They learn about Escalated Privileges, Intrusion Detection, DDoS Attacks, Buffer Overflows and Virus Creation.

They leave with the ability to quantitatively assess and measure threats, and to discover where an organization is most vulnerable to an attack. There is no better way to "make real" the threats out there than to practice them in a lab setting.

New Horizons is proud to bring this exciting certification program to its customers. Since 1982, New Horizons Computer Learning Centres has grown to become the largest independent IT training and computer learning company worldwide, with courses ranging from the very technical Microsoft MCSE training course to the more common Microsoft Office training for applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. New Horizons offers both classroom and e-Learning options for virtually every desktop application used in the world of business. Now with Certified Ethical Hacker Programâ„¢, New Horizons computer training offer get even more exciting.

Ethical Hacking delivers the core skill sets for every security professional seeking to test, prevent and protect their corporate network. This certification ensures that security professionals have the knowledge to identify and close exploits that make computer systems susceptible to attack and if compromised, how to track down the offender.

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