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Job Title – Ethical Hacker


An Ethical Hacker is a trained hacker who use special skills to identify security problems with computer networks. 

Typical Job Activities

Creates scripts that test for vulnerabilities including penetration testing and risk assessment
Develops low-level tools that improve security testing and monitoring
Delivers detailed reports to different team members and executives that document security findings
Performs risk assessment across the entire network including hardware and software systems
Sets up security policies that help personnel use best practices for digital protection
Reviews and hire vendors to incorporate security systems
Trains staff and personnel on best practices for network security

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
For a Degree course in Computer Sciences at a University
For a diploma in User Interface Design or related courses at a Technikon

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects: Computer Science

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be able to enjoy mathematics and solving problems
Be able to concentrate for long periods
Be imaginative
Be patient and accurate
Be able to think logically
Be able to make his own decisions
Be able to divide tasks into steps of logical sequence
Be able to persevere with a task until all the problems are solved

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Possible Employers

Government departments
Computer manufacturers
Research organisations
Commerce and industry
Insurance companies
Educational institutions and libraries
Transport enterprises

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Relevant Contact Details

Information Technology Industry Training Board
Tell: 011 7893805

Computer Users Council of South Africa


Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills
I can design things
I can work with technology