Hacker—sounds scary, right? Just saying the name draws up images of a dark character hunched over a computer, breaching firewalls and stealing countless amounts of data. And yes, these types of hackers exist.

But did you know that some hackers are actually the good guys? “White hat” hackers are cyber experts who break into software in an effort to discover vulnerabilities and fix those issues. This type of hacker is also called an Ethical Hackers, meaning they have good intentions for breaking into these systems.

Companies rely on these professionals to safeguard against potential cyber attacks and save them from losing valuable data. And with criminal breaches happening more and more these days, certified ethical hacking is in high demand.

By becoming certified as an ethical hacker, IT professionals can tap into several lucrative jobs within cyber security and take advantage of the need for well-trained security engineers.

Information Security Analysts make an average of $86,000 a year and Indeed.com currently shows over 10,000 postings for this job title in the United States.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your IT career, becoming a certified ethical hacker can prepare you for the cyber security job boom. This is easy with QuickStart’s virtual instructor-led (VILT) course, which gives you the ability to interact with an instructor in real-time, from the convenience of your home or office.

Taking the Certified Ethical Hacking Training course teaches learners to identify, counter, and defend against hackers, who can maliciously penetrate networks and gain access to vital information. After taking the course, you will be able to deploy proactive countermeasures and stay ahead of security developments and exploited vulnerabilities.

This course also prepares you for the CHFI certification, which validates your cyber security knowledge and sets you apart in the industry.

If you’re serious about your professional development, you might also consider our new Master Subscription, which provides access to over 100 VILT courses and 300 on-demand courses for one monthly price.

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