Ethical hacking has gained a reputation among youth to pursue after their 12th. Thanks to recent internet evolution usage of the internet have increased, and so make threats also. So there is heavy demand for ethical hackers in every company. 

How to become ethical hacker after 12th science?

If you are planning to pursue ethical hacking as a career after your 12th science, then this article is for you. You are going to learn about ethical hacking in detail.

What is Hacking?

Penetrating through a server of web applications or mobile applications by various modes without sufficient and proper authorization is hacking. Hacking is always 100% illegal. 

People have this general notion that hacking is conducted only to steal data from servers. But this is not 100% true. Hacking can be done to inject spyware, or hacking can be done to bring down a server (web application or mobile application), change the behavior of a web application or mobile application, or sometimes redirect to some other irrelevant site.

Hackers in general keep on looking into their target website or mobile application to find out a loophole. For this, there are plenty of tools available. Once they find it, they do their desired action such as injecting malware, spyware, or virus into the server, etc. 

What is ethical hacking?

Ethical hacking is also a kind of hacking that protects the servers from being hacked by real hackers.

Difference Between Ethical Hacking and Real Hacking

Hackers use tools to find out loopholes in a server of a web application or mobile application. Once they find it, then they do their desired task such as injecting viruses, spyware, malware, or stealing data. Most of the time, hackers hack the server and bring it down.

However ethical hacking is done to protect such servers from being victims of real hackers. Ethical hackers use the same tools to find out the loopholes present in a server of web applications or mobile applications and immediately implement required actions to protect the server from being hacked.

Ethical hacking is not only legal in India but around the globe. As mentioned above, the purpose of ethical hacking is to protect the servers from hackers. That's why there is always a heavy demand for ethical hackers across the globe.

Ethical Hacking After 12th Science

If you are planning to pursue ethical hacking, then either you can opt for Diploma or Bachelor's degree or B.Tech after your 12th. 

Diploma Ethical Hacking  after 12th science in India

1. Diploma in Cyber Security

The course duration may vary from one to two years depending upon the institution/university and syllabus. The total fee may vary between Rs 50000 to Rs 100000 INR.

2. Diploma in Ethical Hacking

The course duration may vary from one to two years depending upon the institution/university and syllabus. The total fee may cost Rs 10000.

3. Diploma in IT Security

The course duration may vary from one to two years depending upon the institution/university and syllabus. The total fee may cost Rs 25000.

Bachelor's Degree in Ethical Hacking after 12th Science in India

1. Bachelor's Degree in Cyber Security

The total duration of this course is four years. And the total fee may vary between 4 lakh Rupees per annum to 10 lakh Rupees per annum (depending upon institute/university)

2. B.Tech in Cyber Security

The total duration of this course is four years. And the total fee may vary between 1.5 lakh Rupees per annum to 15 lakh Rupees per annum (depending upon institute/university)

3. B.Tech in Cyber Security and Forensics

The total duration of this course is four years. And the total fee may vary between 3 lakh Rupees per annum to 12 lakh Rupees per annum (depending upon institute/university)

4. B.Tech in Cyber Security and Threat analysis

The total duration of this course is four years. And the total fee may vary between 3 lakh Rupees per annum to 5lakh Rupees per annum (depending upon institute/university)

5. BSc in Cyber Security

The total duration of this course is three years. And the total fee may vary between fifty thousand Rupees per annum to 5 lakh Rupees per annum (depending upon institute/university)

6. BSc in Networking

The total duration of this course is three years. And the total fee may vary between fifteen thousand Rupees per annum to two lakh Rupees per annum (depending upon institute/university)

Certification Courses in Ethical Hacking

Apart from diploma and bachelor's degree courses, there are certification courses also available. Companies prefer candidates who have one or more of the following certifications.

1. EC-Council-Certified Ethical Hacker + CEH Master

Duration: 5 days, Price: Rs 80000 - Rs 100000 INR

2. EC-Council-Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification

Duration: 5 days, Price: Rs 80000 - Rs 100000 INR

3. GIAC- Certified Forensic Analyst

Duration: 6 days, Price: Rs 1,50000 - Rs 200000 INR

4. GIAC-Cyber Security Certification

Duration: 6 days, Price: Rs 1,50000 - Rs 200000 INR

5. GIAC- Certified Penetration Tester

Duration: 6 days, Price: Rs 1,50000 - Rs 200000 INR

6. GIAC- Certified Intrusion Analyst

Duration: 6 days, Price: Rs 1,50000 - Rs 200000 INR

Admission into Ethical Hacking Courses after 12th

To get into B. Tech or B.Sc in Cyber Security or Networking or IT Security courses then you must have to qualify in the state entrance examination or national entrance examination to get a seat in one of the reputed institutes or universities of India. Few institutes offer direct admission.

To get into Diploma courses related to cyber security, some institutes offer direct admission. 

For Certification, visit the respective certification course's official website and apply for it. The certification examination is conducted online only.

Ethical Hacking Institutes in India

  1. International College of Cyber Security (Diploma in Cyber Security)
  2. Cryptus Cyber Security Pvt. LTD. (Diploma in Ethical Hacking and IT Security)
  3. Enhelion (Diploma in Ethical Hacking)
  4. Cyber Defence Intelligence Consulting (Diploma in Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security)
  5. NIIT University Neemrana (BTech Cyber Security)
  6. GLA University Mathura (BTech Cyber Security and Forensics)
  7. HITS, Chennai (BTech Cyber Security and Forensics)
  8. Manav Rachna University, Faridabad (BTech Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence)
  9. Subbalakshmi Lakshmipathy College of Science, Eliyarpatti (BSc Networking)
  10. SAGE University, Indore (BSc Cyber Security)
  11. Kodaikanal Christian College (BSc Networking)
  12. KRMU University, Gurgaon (BSc Cyber Security)
  13. Presidency University, Bangalore (BTech Cyber Security and Forensics)

Job Roles of Ethical Hackers in a Company

Following are the important Job Roles an ethical hacker performs in a company.

1. Information Security Analyst

The job Responsibility of an Information Security Analyst is to defend computer networks.

2. Ethical Hacker

The job of an ethical hacker in a company is to monitor and stop the malicious attacks by real hackers.

3. Cyber Security Consultant

The job Responsibility of a Cyber Security consultant is to test the organization's cybersecurity measures, and then design and implement a better defense.

4. Information Security Manager

The main job of Information security managers is to make sure the team is implementing all the required information safety of the current project of their company or organization.

5. Penetration Tester

The task assigned to a penetration tester is to find out loopholes in the security architecture of the current project of a company, which might be vulnerable to real hackers.

Salary of Ethical Hackers in India

How much do ethical hackers earn in India? The salary of an ethical hacker may vary from company to company and assigned project. However, the following is a general picture of the overall salary paid to ethical hackers in India.

  1. Information Security Analyst Rs 500000 - Rs 700000 INR Per Annum
  2. Security Analyst Rs 400000 - Rs 600000 INR Per Annum
  3. Ethical Hacker Rs 600000 - Rs 900000 INR Per Annum
  4. Cyber Security Consultant Rs 1000000 - Rs 1400000 INR Per Annum
  5. Information Security Manager Rs 1500000 - Rs 3000000 INR Per Annum
  6. Penetration Tester Rs 700000 - Rs 900000 INR Per Annum

Conclusion

I hope you have understood, how to pursue ethical hacking as a career after 12th Science. 

Disclaimer: The course fee amount which is mentioned above may vary in real scenarios. So before opting for a course do your research and know about the exact amount need to pay to pursue a course. Similarly in the above, the salary amount is also for reference purposes only. Before deciding ethical hacking job role, do your research and opt accordingly.