Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a qualification given by the EC-Council and obtained by demonstrating knowledge of assessing the security of computer systems by looking for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems, using the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system. This knowledge is assessed by answering multiple choice questions regarding various ethical hacking techniques and tools. The code for the CEH exam is 312–50. This certification has now been made a baseline with a progression to the CEH (Practical), launched in March 2018, a test of penetration testing skills in a lab environment where the candidate must demonstrate the ability to apply techniques and use penetration testing tools to compromise various simulated systems within a virtual environment.

Certification is achieved by taking the CEH examination after having either attended training at an Accredited Training Center (ATC) or completed through EC-Council’s learning portal. The current version of the CEH is V12, released in September 2022. The exam, which uses the same EC-Council exam code (312-50) as the earlier versions, has 125 multiple-choice questions and a 4-hour time limit.

EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants) is one of the world’s largest certification bodies for information security professionals. EC-Council is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various information security and e-business skills. It has been certified by American National Standards Institute to meet its ANSI 17024 standard. It is the owner and creator of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and as well as many other programs. These programs are offered in over 92 countries and have trained over 120,000 and certified more than 60,000 security professionals through a training network of over 500 training partners globally.

CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker

Sidhant Gupta is a Senior Cybersecurity Consultant at Ernst and Young. He completed the transition into this role through EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker Certification. According to Sidhant, the CEH certification made his CV look outstanding during the interview process. Even as a fresh graduate, he found a better role compared to his peers. His exceptional accomplishments won him the prestigious CEH Hall of Fame award. Hear him talk about his journey as an ethical hacker and how the CEH certification helped him expand his profile as a professional. He further shares his learning experience that aspiring hackers can benefit from to plan their career paths.

“The Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) provides an in-depth understanding of ethical hacking phases, various attack vectors, and preventative countermeasures. It will teach you how hackers think and act so you will be better positioned to set up your security infrastructure and defend against attacks. By providing an understanding of system weaknesses and vulnerabilities, the C|EH course helps students learn to protect their organizations and strengthen their security controls in order to minimize the risk of a malicious attack.”

Sidhant Gupta

Designation: Senior Cybersecurity Consultant

Company: Ernst and Young

Time Table

Security Awareness
112-12 Certified Secure Computer User v2 2 Upon Request
212-81 EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist v2 3 Upon Request
ECSS EC-Council Certified Security Specialist v9 3 Upon Request
312-50 EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker v12 5 24-28 Jan 14-18 Mar 9-13 May 4-8 Jul 19-23 Sep 14-18 Nov
312-38 EC-Council Certified Network Defender v2 5 Upon Request
412-79 EC-Council Certified Penetration Testing Professional 5 Upon Request
 312-49 Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator v10 5 Upon Request
212-89 EC-Council Certified Incident Handler v2 3 Upon Request
312-93 Certified Application Security Engineer (CASE) .Net 3 Upon Request
312-94 Certified Application Security Engineer (CASE) Java 3 Upon Request
312-76 EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional 5 Upon Request
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