The Certified Ethical Hacker certification, or CEH, is one of the most popular certifications used to prove a person’s cybersecurity knowledge and expertise. An Ethical Hacker should be able to think, act and use the same tools a malicious hacker. However, rather than use their abilities to cause damage, they highlight IT infrastructure weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a legal way.
The CEH certification indicates that an IT professional has the requisite knowledge and skills in order to carry out these types of tasks. The primary target audience for this type of cert is security officers, IT auditors and network administrators who have direct oversight of a network structure.
The exam consists of 125 multiple choice questions, and candidates have up to 4 hours to complete it. In order to officially register for the exam, the candidate must have attended an official training course or have at least two years of direct work experience in the field of information security.
What are the best books to help prep for the CEH?
You may be wondering what resources are available to help prepare you for the CEH exam? Two of the best books are The CEH V9: Certified Ethical Hacker Version 9 Study Guide and The CEH Certified Ethical Hacker All-in-One Exam Guide.
The CEH V9: Certified Ethical Hacker Version 9 Study Guide
This book contains topics on areas such as the fundamentals of cryptography, the detailed mechanics behind launching Trojan horse and footprinting attacks, understanding how covert channels work and more. It includes two comprehensive practice exams to prepare you for the real thing. There is also a detailed glossary of all the requisite terminology needed in order to pass the CEH exam.
This book also comes with a study website that contains even more practice exams, as well as electronic flashcards and bonus review questions, all available at no extra charge. This book has been designed to used for both in class instruction and for self-study.
The CEH Certified Ethical Hacker All-in-One Exam Guide
This book reviews topics such as the security issues related to cloud computing and wireless technologies, as well as the latest security vulnerabilities that have been discovered across Windows and Linux operating systems and other types of security software applications. It has over 400 practice questions and two full-length practice exams.
What are the best online resources to prep for the CEH?
The PocketPrep CEH v9 Exam Prep mobile app is one of the best online resources to prepare for the CEH exam. The app can be easily downloaded onto both Android or iOS devices, and the next version (V10) will become available in June of 2018. The app comes with 20 core modules in order to prepare the candidate to take the CEH certification exam. The topics of study include the latest cybersecurity threats, breaking down and understanding attack vectors, and a comprehensive review of the latest ethical hacking techniques and best practices.
It also comes with a simulated testing environment, in which the candidate is given four hours to complete 125 multiple choice practice exams. Other key features of this tool are:
You can create other forms of practice exams focused on the content you feel you need to be tested on, as well as how many practice exam questions you want to take.
Every answer (both correct and incorrect) has detailed explanations with them, so that the candidate can avoid making the same mistakes on the actual cert exam.
It includes a customizable dashboard that displays the results of exams you have taken, including how long it took you to complete them and detailed areas of strengths and weaknesses.
What are the best practice exams for the CEH?
InfoSec Institute offers a series of practice exams for CEH on its SkillSet site. The SkillSet database contains thousands of practice questions that are organized by skills and ranked by difficulty.
There are both free and paid SkillSet options to help you train for the exam. The free option includes access to all of the practice questions, an exam readiness score and smart reinforcement questions. The paid option includes all of those features, as well as:
A personalized learning plan that continuously assesses your knowledge and determines when you are ready take and pass your exam.
Focused studying that can saves an average of 31% of the time required to prep for a professional certification exam.
An Exam Pass Guarantee for anyone that reaches a 100% readiness score before taking their exam.
What are the best online ethical hacking forums?
Although these forums are not related directly to the CEH cert exam, they offer a lot of material in which the candidate can further practice their Ethical Hacking skills:
This article has examined some of the best resources available when preparing for the CEH certification, including books, online resources, practice exams and forums. If you prefer to receive training from an instructor, InfoSec Institute offers a popular CEH training course that can be taken either in person or live online.