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How to learn ethical hacking online in 2022

How to learn ethical hacking online in 2022

Are you looking to learn ethical hacking fast? Check out the realistic online simulations you can play right now to build your skill set!

Does looking for clues in digital crime scenes or finding ways to break into networks sound exciting? Then ethical hacking might be the perfect job for you!

Ethical hacking plays a significant role in keeping our digital world safe. Take your first steps towards learning a skill that can benefit your everyday life and open the door to many fascinating careers!

Read on and discover how to learn ethical hacking online in 2022.

What is ethical hacking?

Ethical hacking is the act of breaking into digital systems such as networks and computers to:

  • Test a person or organisation’s digital defences
  • Uncover potential security weaknesses
  • Gain access to a digital crime scene or criminal data

Ethical hacking is normally carried out in a professional setting under strict controls and is deemed ethical because it improves cyber security and can help catch criminals.

How to learn ethical hacking online in 2022

The best way to learn ethical hacking is by jumping in and giving it a go! CyberStart allows you to try ethical hacking straight away in a fun and safe environment.

As you play through CyberStart’s gamified challenges, you’ll learn how to ethically test for software vulnerabilities and investigate crimes by breaking into cyber criminals’ systems.

Plus, you’ll round out your skill set and become a pro in many more cyber security areas like programming, decoding and forensics.

Check out the free ethical hacking challenge below that you can play right now by signing up for a free CyberStart account - no commitments or payment details required!

Intern L03 C02 - Maths at Light Speed

The brief in the Maths at Light Speed challenge says we need to break into a warehouse that’s believed to contain clues to the whereabouts of a cyber criminal gang.

Before we can enter the warehouse, we must bypass the security system.

But, there’s a catch. You only have 0.1 seconds to answer the question asked by the gateway!

Maths at light speed

Top tip to solve Maths at Light Speed

To solve this challenge, you’ll need to access the source code.

Once you’ve found the source code, see if you can spot what happens to the code when you ‘spin for question’.

Maths at Light Speed shows you how to analyse source code to get past security systems.

You’ll gain practical ethical hacking experience while uncovering how cyber criminals may use this technique for a cyber attack.

You can play Maths at Light Speed and 11 other free and unlocked cyber security challenges in Intern base right now! Sign up for your free CyberStart trial to start playing.

Want more ethical hacking challenges?

You’ll find hundreds more challenges, three bigger bases and full access to the Field Manual when you upgrade your CyberStart account.

Check out one of the ethical hacking challenges you’ll encounter in HQ base when you upgrade your CyberStart account.

In the Cookie Jar challenge, you’ve just logged into the Choppers Gang’s intranet.

See if you can log in as an admin to find more information that the Choppers might be hiding.

Cookie jar

Top tip to solve Cookie Jar

You’ll need to change the session cookie to log in as an admin user. See a cookie anywhere on the page? Try clicking that!

The challenge brief will give you more information on what you need to change the cookie value to.

Want to start playing challenges like this? Sign up for your free CyberStart account right now. Then upgrade your account to access 200+ challenges in HQ, Moon and Forensics base.

All of these programmes are entirely free, and feature CyberStart!

CyberStart America

What is it?

A fun programme developed to help you discover your talent, advance your skills and win scholarships in cyber security.

Who's it for?

13-18 year old high school students in the US only.

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Cyber FastTrack

What is it?

The fastest and most cost-effective route to a career in cyber security via free training and exclusive scholarship opportunities.

Who's it for?

College students in the US only.

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CyberStart Canada

What is it?

A free programme teaching cyber security to high school students in Canada through CyberStart's immersive learning platform.

Who's it for?

Students between the ages of 13-18 nationwide.

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