Certified Ethical Hacker: C|EH

I am a Certified Ethical Hacker. I have been for many (8?) years. Hacker in the correct and original usage of the word not the mainstream or Hollywood interpretation. A CEH is trained to harden computers, systems and networks learning the techniques of the ‘Cracker’ or ‘Black Hat Hacker’ in order to protect against them. Similar in fact to the idea behind using a thief to catch a thief.

It is often hard enough educating the general public to understand that a Hacker can be, and often is, the ‘Good Guy’, without images such as this one appearing very prominently recently. Ethical Hackers DEFEND, not ATTACK. Therefore the message ‘Don’t Mess With Me’ is entirely inappropriate.


Maybe you think I am over-reacting ?  It’s a difficult and complex (and expensive) subject in which to achieve any level of mastery, and to become Certified is not trivial. To me a statement like this undermines the very real value of the C|EH and other Security Experts.

Stepping off my Soapbox now. Rant over 🙂


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