Is Getting Your Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Worth It?

This blog is part of ACI Learning's month-long effort observing Cybersecurity Awareness.

We get this question all the time from IT professionals. They want to make sure that their money and time is going to be well spent. So, is it worth it? The short answer is a resounding, "Yes." 

If you're interested in cyber security, Certified Ethical Hacker is a great investment based on the knowledge you'll gain alone. Beyond gaining technical know-how, CEH is also a valuable certification for your professional career. Read on for three great reasons to stop waiting and get your CEH… 

Increase Your Salary 

The number one reason to get this certification is to command a higher salary. With an average CEH salary at around $97,000 and going as high as $155,000, you're sure to see an improvement in your paycheck. Getting your CEH can help you secure a quick raise at work and qualify you for other higher-paying positions when you're ready to change jobs. 

 After comparing this against the cost of getting certified, it's easy to see that your CEH is an investment that will quickly pay for itself and then some. If you can get your training covered by your employer, or paid for by a third-party funding source, it's a no-brainer. 

Of course, CEH doesn't have to be where you stop on the path to career advancement. With this certification and some experience under your belt, you'll be well on your way to earning your CISSP and other certifications that can easily take your earnings into triple digits. 

Fulfill DoD Compliance Requirements 

If you're interested in the Department of Defense (DoD) world, getting certified is a must. The DoD requires all its Information Assurance officers be certified before handling sensitive information and network security. The Certified Ethical Hacker certification fulfills the DoD requirements for the CSSP Analyst, CSSP Infrastructure Support, CSSP Incident Responder, and CSSP Auditor roles. 

The DoD is having trouble finding enough qualified candidates to fill these roles, which is why certifications like CompTIA Security+ and CEH are so popular right now. With DoD contractors all over the United States (and abroad), getting CEH-certified offers a unique kind of job security no matter where life takes you. With demand at a record high and professionals with the required certs in such short supply, you can be sure that the salary for these DoD contractors will continue to climb. 

Achieve Unparalleled Job Security 

The rate and severity of cyberattacks is climbing and causing billions of dollars of damage to companies and organizations the world over. According to this article, "The average price for small businesses to clean up after their businesses have been hacked stands at $690,000; and, for middle market companies, it's over $1 million." Furthermore, it is estimated that 60 percent of small businesses that suffer a cyber-attack are out of business within six months. The risk of cyber-attacks is not one most businesses can afford, so it becomes quite cost-effective to hire cyber security professionals who can protect company assets before they're attacked. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Security Analysts have a fantastic job growth outlook, much faster than average for all industries. DoD contractors, cyber security defense firms, and large corporations are creating a huge and growing demand for qualified cyber professionals which virtually guarantees employment now and well into the future. 

Get CEH Training at ACI Learning 

If you're ready to upgrade your paycheck and open new career opportunities, come get CEH prep at ACI Learning. Forget about self-paced learning and YouTube videos. Our cybersecurity school is led by industry experts with real-world experience, so you get the knowledge you need to excel. We'll help you prepare to pass the CEH certification exam, and if you have any problems, you can re-sit the course for free over the next six months. 

You can complete our CEH course in 10 weekdays with our morning, afternoon, or evening schedule. With an included test voucher (CEH exam cost included) and onsite testing center, you can complete your exam and get back to work as efficiently as possible.  

So, are you ready to increase your job security and salary in a growing and lucrative industry? 

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