SJW CIS Students on Track to Becoming Certified Ethical Hackers

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The Levels 6 & 7 Computer Information Science (CIS) students, majoring in Security, at the HCT-Sharjah Women’s campus (SWJ) became the first group at the Sharjah Campuses to gain international hacking industry certification, when they aced their recent CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) exam.

The CEH is an internationally recognized certificate that demonstrates skilled professionals who understand and know how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and use 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(s).

The CEH exam, and certification were part of the CEH boot camp which was taught by CIS faculty – Nedaa Al Barghuthi, where students were taught how to conduct a systematic ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a penetration testing or ethical hacking situation.

“Nowadays we live in a smart city which technology takes a place in our life. Attacks are all susceptible and come from anyplace at any time. We never know how skilled, well-funded, or persistent the threat will be. Throughout the CEH boot camp, the students were taught how to explore every possible point of entry to find the weakest link in an organization and implemented methods to protect this enterprise against such kind of attacks“, Nedaa Al Barghuthi said.

SJW student, Mariam Ali said of the boot camp experience: “This CEH boot camp was an opportunity for me, because l learned many things, such as how to explore the enterprise networks, use hacking tools to search for existed vulnerabilities, and thinking like a penetration tester to find ways to protect this enterprise.”

Another boot camper, Hessa Rashid said: “This bootcamp was really interesting and important for us. The CEH exam certificate gave us self-confidence to complete the journey of ethical hacking and penetration testing.”

“We thank Ms. Nedaa for giving us a chance to have such a strong certificate. The exam was very hard based on attacking scenarios but we were well prepared and able to pass exam and obtain this great certificate. This certificate gave us opportunity to practice our skills that we will need for the work life,” concluded Fatima Abdalla.