Train your own hackers

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Protecting yourself or your company against cyber attack, whether state sanctioned or criminally motivated, requires a much higher degree of skill and sophistication than protecting yourself from more traditional crime.

The motivation of easy money or a potential competitive advantage, combined with the ability to target any location across the globe, means cyber crime is a clear and present danger for any individual or company. A threat that is magnified by growing global inequality and strained international relations.

To counter this threat, companies need to be more proactive and train resources in the techniques and tools used by hackers.

Certified Ethical Hacker training to counter the cyber threat

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training course ensures your resources have the skills required to address and mitigate cyber threats. CEH training will help your business achieve optimal information security by enabling you to scan, test, hack and secure your own systems.

CEH certification, which has been incorporated in the Pentagon’s formal training programme, is developed by the EC-Council, which has offices in the US, Europe and Asia.

Jumping Bean, an approved training centre for the EC-Council, provides CEH training in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Why should you be concerned about cyber attacks?

According to the 2015 Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec, more than 317 million new pieces of malware were created last year alone – that’s almost a million rogue software programmes created each day with the purpose of stealing or sabotaging your information.

It’s not only large companies that are prime targets, but also small and medium businesses. Cyber crime costs the global economy $445 billion a year and South Africa about R5.8 billion a year.

In Norton’s 2013 cyber crime report, South Africa was ranked third worst in the world in terms of its cyber crime threat. And we’re still a very soft target when it comes to cyber threat.

Businesses need to step up their game and take a more proactive stance against cyber threats. And that means having people on the inside that think like hackers.

Mark Clarke, Jumping Bean founder, adds, “By training key staff to become ethical hackers they’ll be able to think like hackers. They’ll know what to look out for, what makes your network and applications vulnerable, how to improve them, how to prevent data theft and fraud from taking place, and what countermeasures to take.”

The EC-Council provides a complete training path for security specialists including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) and EC-Council Network Security Admin (ECNSA), and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) all available through Jumping Bean.