1. Why should I be licensed?
Penetration testers today have been certified by different agencies. But are they trusted? Do they follow a code of ethics? The answer is no. The Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) program offered by EC-Council gives certified penetration testers the opportunity to practise their skills so that they are able to function as a licensed penetration tester. EC-Council’s licensed penetration testers use hands-on penetration testing methodologies and are trained by experts and specialists who are licensed penetration testers from EC-Council.
2. I am already a Penetration Tester, why do I need to be a Licensed Penetration Tester?
Being a penetration tester would be of little help in this insecure world. Corporate organizations today are looking for penetration testers who can analyze vulnerabilities of the network and who can be trusted not to disclose network vulnerabilities to competitors. Thereby, many companies would be looking for a Penetration Tester who is licensed to carry out these tasks and who has hands-on experience in penetration testing.
3. What is the difference between a Licensed Penetration Tester and a Certified Ethical Hacker?
A Certified Ethical Hacker would be an individual who is trained in mastering hacking technologies. A Licensed Penetration Tester is a professional who is equipped with a License to conduct penetration testing of corporate networks. Licensed Penetration Testers are preferred over non-licensed ones by companies for recruitments/assignments.
4. Why do I need to supply police verification?
Police verification is preferred, though not mandatory. However, one of the requirements of being able to avail a license in Penetration Testing is that the candidate should be able to supply a photocopy of his / her criminal background check that is available through any local law enforcement agency. The document should certify that the individual does not have any criminal record / background.
5. What benefits does the EC-Council’s License for Penetration Testing give?
With the Licensed Penetration Testing program from EC-Council, companies are assured that Licensed Penetration Testers are being taught, tested and licensed by a globally recognized and professionally managed body like EC-Council. Thus, organizations can be completely assured and confident of the deliverables of the Licensed Penetration Tester authorized by EC-Council. This can be compared to availing a driving license from your license issuing authority.
6. How is EC-Council’s Licensed Penetration Testing different from training and other methodologies?
The Licensed Penetration Testing accreditation licence provided by EC-Council is different from other training programs as the instructors teaching the related program (ECSA) are experts and specialists in the field of penetration testing and are qualified and licensed penetration testers themselves. EC-Council provides specialized training for licensed penetration testers to have a competitive edge in the information security market.
7. What is EC-Council’s Tiger Team?
EC-Council’s Tiger Team is made up of Licensed Penetration Testers from different disciplines. The Tiger Team consists of Database Penetration Testers, Firewall Penetration Testers, Cisco Penetration Testers, Oracle Penetration Testers, Report writers, etc. A Chief Penetration Tester heads the Tiger Team. EC-Council’s Tiger Team consists of Licensed Penetration Testers around the world.
8. How can I become a part of EC-Council’s Tiger Team?
Penetration Testers can join EC-Council’s Tiger Team after they obtain the LPT license. Once the penetration tester has received his /her license, he or she would share a common platform with other LPTs and be part of EC-Council’s Tiger Team through EC-Council’s member portal for LPT professionals.
10. If I have a penetration testing assignment, how do I go about completing it?
Penetration Testing assignments given by EC-Council teach the candidate to start penetration testing from scratch. Candidates are taught advanced techniques in penetration testing.
11. Are there any LPT exams?
There are no LPT exams. This is a licence earned after completing the ECSA programme with a fee.
12. What if someone breaks the EC-Council code of ethics?
If any candidate breaks the EC-Council code of ethics, his / her penetration testing license would immediately be revoked after EC-Council conducts a detailed investigation into the case.
13. How do I apply for the Licensed Penetration Tester course?
A candidate would be able to apply for the Licensed Penetration Testing licence after filling up the application form providing a training source agreement for approval that should be endorsed by the sponsoring agency. The candidate should also provide a photocopy of his / her criminal background check, for authentication purposes. The candidate must agree to the EC-Council’s code of ethics.
14. How long is the License for Penetration Testers valid?
The validity of the license for the penetration tester expires after 2 years. The penetration tester can apply for renewal of licenses by providing payment of USD250 annually to EC-Council.