Is CEH Difficult? We Ask Cyber Pro’s With Certified Ethical Hacker Cert

We’ve been covering Cybersecurity training for many years now; but one certification that has been there from day one is CEH. Love it or loath it let’s just agree that HR and Recruiters tend to love this Cybersecurity Certification. We get asked a lot “Is CEH Difficult”, or “Is CEH Easy”, and the answer is obviously not as simple as the question! So, we thought we’d contact Cybersecurity Professionals that have taken and passed CEH what for their thoughts and experience on how they studied for and passed CEH, and, whether having the designation has helped their career.

Cybersecurity Professional ► Shafeeque Olassery Kunnikkal

Cybersecurity Professional

Shafeeque is a Founder & CTO Graytips Cyber Technologies

How many years experience do you have within InfoSec?

8+ years.

Did you find the CEH difficult, and did you pass first time?

No, I passed the first attempt

What did you use to study? Flash cards, practice exams? Any books you can recommend?

My primary resources for the exam was the courseware. Apart from the book the experience in vulnerability assessment and penetration testing heavily helped me in the exam; also the real practical knowledge was much useful for me.

What would be your #1 bit of advice for someone attempting to pass CEH?

There was a period when CEH exam questions appeared in the Internet and other sources. These question banks were easy to obtain and some people swot up and pass the exam by this method and don’t even prepare with the course materials. However, from the CEH v9 onward, EC-Council has tighten the exam process. Interacting with my students, I heard comments that the questions have changed quite a bit. Also in the exam, lots of questions are appearing which can be answered with a person who ought to have knowledge in Penetration Testing, vulnerability assignments, Network Security and Incident response. Altogether simply ‘reading a CEH book’ will not help it. Some of the questions relate to whether the students have played with corresponding hacking tools or not. Of course there are also generic knowledge based questions in InfoSec.

So my advice to students is that, read the courseware thoroughly, go through each slides, play with all the pentesting tools at least mentioned in the core tools section of CEH. Take the preparatory exam available in EC-Council website to get a feeling of real exam which ultimately helps you to prepare for the challenges in real life as well as to clear the examination.

Are you a proficient (Python) coder/ programmer and did it help?

There was a period when CEH exam questions appeared in the Internet and other sources. These question banks were easy to obtain and some people swot up and pass the exam by this method and don’t even prepare with the course materials. However, from the CEH v9 onward, EC-Council has tighten the exam process. Interacting with my students, I heard comments that the questions have changed quite a bit. Also in the exam, lots of questions are appearing which can be answered with a person who ought to have knowledge in Penetration Testing, vulnerability assignments, Network Security and Incident response. Altogether simply ‘reading a CEH book’ will not help it. Some of the questions relate to whether the students have played with corresponding hacking tools or not. Of course there are also generic knowledge based questions in InfoSec.

So my advice to students is that, read the courseware thoroughly, go through each slides, play with all the pentesting tools at least mentioned in the core tools section of CEH. Take the preparatory exam available in EC-Council website to get a feeling of real exam which ultimately helps you to prepare for the challenges in real life as well as to clear the examination.

Cybersecurity Professional ► Rahul Gupta

Cybersecurity Professional

6+ years of experience, with close to 3 years in Global Presales for Japan & US clients wherein handled multiple assignment & worked with various domains /technology, Big Data, No-SQL, Hadoop, High Availability Solutions, Data Centre Architecture, Migration Tools, Backup Storage, SAN Storage, Cyber Security. 3 Years of experience in corporate training & Business development wherein delivered lectures all over India on Cyber Securities & covered more than 120 colleges (8000 Students) including almost all the IITs and NITs & many regional colleges.

How many years experience do you have within InfoSec?

6 1/2 years.

Did you find the CEH difficult, and did you pass first time?

No i didn’t find it difficult and I have passed my exam in my first attempt.

What did you use to study? Flash cards, practice exams? Any books you can recommend?

I have used the practice exams by using this website, you will get an idea what kind of questions you will face in the actual exam. Many other websites are there but this one is something good.

What would be your #1 bit of advice for someone attempting to pass CEH?

It’s very important that you get familiar with the exam first before attempting it. Many blogs and forums are there where you can get connect. Better to use a study guide for CEH exams. Start practice questions by which you will get immediate feedback about your preparation & you will come to know in which topics you need to study hard.

Are you a proficient (Python) coder/ programmer and did it help?

It’s very important that you get familiar with the exam first before attempting it. Many blogs and forums are there where you can get connect. Better to use a study guide for CEH exams. Start practice questions by which you will get immediate feedback about your preparation & you will come to know in which topics you need to study hard.

Cybersecurity Professional ► Praveen Kumar Balasundaram

Cybersecurity Professional

Praveen is a security analyst; he’s able to perform vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and log analysis of firewalls, servers and incident response.

How many years experience do you have within InfoSec?

3+ years.

Did you find the CEH difficult, and did you pass first time?

Little difficulty while facing questions related to practicals like Wireshark Packets, Cookies, Flags, Cryptography etc.

What did you use to study? Flash cards, practice exams? Any books you can recommend?

Practical exposure.

What would be your #1 bit of advice for someone attempting to pass CEH?

Need networking, Operating system basics.

Are you a proficient (Python) coder/ programmer and did it help?

Need networking, Operating system basics.

Cybersecurity Professional ► Joaquin Molina Kinomakino

Cybersecurity Professional

Joaquin is an IT Operations and Security at ESET.

How many years experience do you have within InfoSec?

20 years.

Did you find the CEH difficult, and did you pass first time?

Not difficult. The first time.

What did you use to study? Flash cards, practice exams? Any books you can recommend?

Public information in Internet.

What would be your #1 bit of advice for someone attempting to pass CEH?

Study the official agenda with all topics.

Are you a proficient (Python) coder/ programmer and did it help?

Study the official agenda with all topics.

Cybersecurity Professional ► Jane Allyene Bernardo

Cybersecurity Professional

Jane is responsible for supporting the creation and maintenance of an information security environment that ensures the integrity and protection of corporate assets by contributing to the effective operation and administration of a secure infrastructure that encompasses multiple technical security tools and concepts.

How many years experience do you have within InfoSec?

4 years.

Did you find the CEH difficult, and did you pass first time?

Yes, I found it difficult and yes, I passed on first take.

What did you use to study? Flash cards, practice exams? Any books you can recommend?

Practice exams and good CEH books

What would be your #1 bit of advice for someone attempting to pass CEH?

Prepare around 2 months to read the book and try the practice exam. Be sure to pass on the practice exam for you to get a higher chance in passing.

Are you a proficient (Python) coder/ programmer and did it help?

Prepare around 2 months to read the book and try the practice exam. Be sure to pass on the practice exam for you to get a higher chance in passing.

Cybersecurity Professional ► Nithin Bose

Cybersecurity Professional

CEH V9 and ISO 27001-2013 Lead implementer certified IT security Engineer with extensive knowledge of IT activities with ability to independently manage the complete gamut as IT Security auditing and administration. Extensive knowledge in ISO 27000 ISMS auditing and compliance.

How many years experience do you have within InfoSec?

1 year.

Did you find the CEH difficult, and did you pass first time?

Not so difficult. Yes, I passed the exam at first attempt.

What did you use to study? Flash cards, practice exams? Any books you can recommend?

I mainly go through the courseware and presentations. Also do some research in internet.

What would be your #1 bit of advice for someone attempting to pass CEH?

Mainly go through the presentations provided by the EC Council. Also practice with the tools provided. Do some research in internet also this will help you to get some idea about the exams.

Are you a proficient (Python) coder/ programmer and did it help?

Mainly go through the presentations provided by the EC Council. Also practice with the tools provided. Do some research in internet also this will help you to get some idea about the exams.