Introduction To Ethical Hacking

In this course, you will learn what it means to be an Ethical Hacker, and practice tools and techniques used to hack ethically.

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About this course

Hacking is a neat skill to have. However, such a skill requires great responsibility. Learn about the responsibility an ethical hacker have in this introductory course to Ethical Hacking. In this course, you will get a peek into what it means to be an Ethical Hacker, practice hacking ethically, and learn the tools and techniques to be an efficient hacker.


5 lessons • 1 projects • 4 quizzes
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Meet the creator of the course
Jonathan Chery
Curriculum Developer at Codecademy, specializing in cybersecurity
Jonathan Chery is a Curriculum Developer in the Cybersecurity domain at Codecademy. He has a Bachelor's in Computer Science from York College, City University of New York, and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University.

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Frequently asked questions about Ethical Hacking

  • Ethical hacking (AKA penetration testing) involves trying to break into an organization’s networks and systems to evaluate its cyber defenses. Unlike the malicious hacking you hear about in the news, ethical hacking is entirely legal and plays a big role in cybersecurity.