Recent cyber-attacks like ransomware and other cybersecurity threats forced various organizations to look for certified ethical hackers to penetrate networks and computer systems so that they find and fix security vulnerabilities. A white hat hacker, or ethical hacker, uses penetration testing techniques to test an organization’s IT security. IT security staff then uses the results of such penetration tests to remediate vulnerabilities, strengthen security and lower an organization’s risk factors.

CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) Certification helps you in recognizing vulnerabilities and weaknesses within an organization or business’ network. The only difference is that instead of exploiting these security gaps, you will use the knowledge to safeguard an organization or business network and patch if there are any potential exposures. CEH certification program authenticates skills and knowledge of professional in 18 domains. CEH exam objectives are:

  • Sniffing
  • Enumeration
  • Cryptography
  • SQL Injection
  • System Hacking
  • Malware Threats
  • Denial of Service
  • Cloud Computing
  • Session Hijacking
  • Social Engineering
  • Scanning Networks
  • Hacking Web servers
  • Hacking Mobile Platforms
  • Hacking Web Applications
  • Hacking Wireless Networks
  • Introduction to Ethical Hacking
  • Footprinting and Reconnaissance
  • Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots

The certification offers an average annual salary of USD 89,000 and career prospects like:

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer – Ethical Hacking

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Ettore Galluccio has over 18+ years of experience in the Information Technology Domain. He has worked mainly with organizations operating in the Defense and Telecommunications sector taking care of the design, implementation, and delivery of complex information systems. For over five years he has been actively involved in Global Practices and Cybersecurity, especially with regard to ISO / IEC 27001, NIST Cybersecurity Framework and IS Governance, both in the formation and dissemination of the “Security Culture” and in the implementation and monitoring activities. He has constantly engaged in training and specialization and has multiple international certifications. He is also an official trainer for EXIN courses.

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We just released simulator (uCertify Lab) for CompTIA HIT-001 (Health Care Technician) exam. The certification course covers the knowledge and skills required to implement, deploy, and support healthcare IT systems in U.S. clinical setting. The exam is intended for IT professionals who are CompTIA A+ certified or have 500 hours of hands-on IT technical experience in the field, plus the knowledge/skills necessary in clinical setting.

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EC-Council has released the much awaited CEH v8 exam on May 8, 2013. This new version of the Certified Ethical Hacker certification now contains 20 of the most up-to-date hacking domains you’ll need.

 

The new CEH v8 exam includes: core content updates, new content flow, new concepts and attacks, the latest hacking techniques, pentesting components, and many more. Here are some of the latest updates v8 will focus on:

  • Security issues in the latest operating systems including Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

  • Existing threats to operating environments dominated by Windows 7 and other operating systems

  • The latest hacking attacks targeted to mobile platform and tablet computers and countermeasures to secure mobile infrastructures

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Version 7 will retire on October 31st, 2013. uCertify will be releasing the PrepKit for CEH v8 exam very soon! Find out more about the Certified Ethical Hacker v8 certification here.

uCertify (October 13, 2009), uCertify a leading practice test provider for IT certification exams, recently released a practice test for the 312-49 CHFI exam. To download the free trial of the practice test go to the link: http://www.ucertify.com/exams/EC-Council/312-49.html

This CHFI exam recognizes knowledge and skills of a candidate to identify, track, and prosecute the cyber-criminals. It also recognizes the knowledge of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks. It deals with the various possible applications and methods of cyber crime. The computer hacking forensic investigator exam give knowledge about preparation and application of forensic methods in electronic media.

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An Intrusion Detection System (IDS) is used to detect unauthorized attempts at accessing and manipulating computer systems locally, through the Internet or through an intranet. It can detect several types of attacks and malicious behaviors that can compromise the security of a network and its computers. This includes network attacks against vulnerable services, unauthorized logins and access to sensitive data, and malware (e.g. viruses, worms, etc.). An IDS also detects attacks that originate from within a system. In most cases, an IDS has three main components: Sensors, Console, and Engine. Sensors generate security events. A console is used to alert and control sensors and to monitor events. An engine is used to record events and to generate security alerts based on received security events. In many IDS implementations, these three components are combined into a single device. Basically, the two following types of IDS are used :

  • Network-based IDS
  • Host-based IDS

Network-based IDS: A Network-based Detection System (NIDS) analyzes data packets flowing through a network. It can detect malicious packets that are designed to be overlooked by a firewall’s simplistic filtering rules. It is responsible for detecting anomalous or inappropriate data that may be considered ‘unauthorized’ on a network. An NIDS captures and inspects all data traffic, regardless of whether it is permitted for checking or not.

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Host-Based IDS: Host-based IDS (HIDS) is an Intrusion Detection System that runs on the system to be monitored. HIDS monitors only the data that is directed to or originating from that particular system on which HIDS is installed. Besides network traffic for detecting attacks, it can also monitor other parameters of the system such as running processes, file system access and integrity, and user logins for identifying malicious activities. BlackIce Defender and Tripwire are good examples of HIDS. Tripwire is an HIDS tool that automatically calculates the cryptographic hashes of all system files as well as any other files that a Network Administrator wants to monitor for modifications. It then periodically scans all monitored files and recalculates the information to see whether the files have been modified or not. It raises an alarm if changes are detected.

IDS Responses

The following are types of responses generated by an IDS:

  1. True Positive: A valid anomaly is detected, and an alarm is generated.
  2. True Negative: No anomaly is present, and no alarm is generated.
  3. False Positive: No anomaly is present, but an alarm is generated. This is the worst case. If any IDS response is a false positive high rate, IDS is ignored and not used.
  4. False Negative: A valid anomaly is present, but no alarm has been generated.

IDS Detection Methods

  • Statistical Anomaly Detection: The Statistical Anomaly Detection method, also known as behavior-based detection, compares the current system operating characteristics on many base-line factors such as CPU utilization, file access activity and disk usages, etc. In this method, the Intrusion Detection System provides the facility for either a Network Administrator to make the profiles of authorized activities or place the IDS in learning mode so that it can learn what is to be added as normal activity. A large amount of time needs to be dedicated to ascertain whether the IDS is producing few false negatives or not. Hence, the main drawback of IDS is that if an attacker slowly changes his activities over time, the IDS might be fooled into accepting the new behavior.
  • Pattern Matching Detection: The Pattern Matching IDS, also known as knowledge-based or signature-based IDS, is mainly based on a database of known attacks. These known attacks are loaded into the IDS as signatures. When this happens, the IDS begins to guard the network. These signatures are usually given a number or name so that the Network Administrator can easily identify the occurring attack. Alerts from this IDS can be triggered for fragmented IP packets, streams of SYN packets (DoS), or any malformed Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) packets. The main disadvantage of the Pattern Matching System is that such an IDS can only trigger on signatures that are stored in the database of the IDS. However, any new or any obfusticated attack performed by an attacker will be undetected.
  • Protocol Detection Method: In the Protocol Detection Method, IDS keeps state information and can detect abnormal activities of protocols such as IP, TCP, and UDP protocols. If there is any violation in an incoming protocol rule, the IDS sends an alert message to the Network Administrator. Such an IDS is usually installed on the Web server and monitors the communication between a user and the system on which it is installed.

Anti-x

Anti-x is a component of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). Anti-x provides an in-depth security design that prevents various types of problems such as viruses. The security provided by the tool includes the following:

  • Anti-virus: It scans network traffic and prevents the transmission of known viruses. It detects viruses through their virus signatures.
  • Anti-spyware: It scans network traffic and prevents the transmission of spyware programs. As spyware can damage the system, this tool becomes very critical for any organization. Spyware eats into a lot of precious bandwidth too.
  • Anti-spam: It deletes and segregates all junk e-mails before forwarding them to users. It examines all e-mails that arrive in the network.
  • Anti-phishing: It prevents any phishing attacks from reaching network users.
  • URL filtering: It filters Web traffic based on URLs to prevent users from connecting to inappropriate sites.
  • E-mail filtering: Apart from providing the anti-spamming feature, it also filters e-mails containing offensive materials, thus potentially protecting an organization from lawsuits.

The Cisco ASA appliance can be configured for a network-based role for all functions of Anti-x.

The 312-49 test measures an individual’s ability to identify an intruder’s footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute. Before taking the 312-49 test, you should practice the following:

  1. Understand Internet laws of different countries.
  2. Review first responder procedure and CSIRT.
  3. Know the functions of file system, hard disk, and digital media devices.
  4. Understand Windows, Linux and Macintosh boot process.
  5. Practice Windows forensic tools.
  6. Identify commands and different kits of Linux forensics.
  7. Identify software and hardware tools for data acquisition and duplication.
  8. Identify partition recovery tools and methods.
  9. Understand different attacks and tools of steganography.
  10. Know about the password cracking tools and attacks.
  11. Understand wireless and Web attacks.
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Q. What is the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) 312-49 exam?
A. The Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) 312-49 exam recognizes knowledge and skills of a candidate to identify, track, and prosecute the cyber-criminals. It also recognizes the knowledge of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks. It deals with the various possible applications and methods of cyber crime. The computer hacking forensic investigator exam give knowledge about preparation and application of forensic methods in electronic media.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) 312-49 exam?
A. There are no prerequisites for writing the Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) 312-49 exam, although it is recommended that candidate take CEH Exam before enrolling into CHFI program. However it is not mandatory to pass CEH exam before applying for CHFI exam.
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Q. What is the 312-50 CEH-v6 exam?

A. EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacking test is designed to measure your level of knowledge and hack skill based on Ethical Hacking Concept. The EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacking exam covers the hacking concepts such as hacking fundamentals, footprinting, scanning, enumeration, Google hacking, System Hacking, Linux System Security, Trojans, Backdoors, virus, worms, Sniffers, IDS, Firewalls, Honeypots, session hijacking, Web server hacking, Wireless hacking, Cryptography, Database Hacking, physical security, and social engineering attacks.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the 312-50 CEH-v6 exam?

A. There are two eligibility criteria for appearing in this exam:

  • Candidate has attended training for the CEH course at any EC-Council authorized training center.
  • OR

  • If the candidate chooses self study, he must have at least two years of information security related experience.

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EC-Council has specified more than 80 objectives for the CEH-v6 certification exam, which are grouped under 26 modules. Following are some important areas in which an individual should possess good knowledge before taking the CEH-v6 312-50 Ethical Hacker exam:

  1. Understanding elements of security, security fundamentals, and security Testing.
  2. Understanding seven-step information gathering process.
  3. Performing information gathering, determining network range, identify active machines, finding open ports and applications, OS fingerprinting, and mapping the network.
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