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Ernst & Young, has put together the quintessential course for security engineers looking to improve their ability to protect their organization's website, systems, and network. Dubbed eXtreme Hacking, and carrying a price tag of $5,000 a slot, this course is for anyone but hacks. With an impressive course book that fills a two-inch thick binder, leading Ernst & Young security engineers take you step-by-step through all the ways that bad guys try to subvert your mission critical servers and network configurations. Using dual-bootable NT-Linux laptops, and an accompanying network setup for practicing subversive attacks and exploits, attendees will leave the course with an entire new bag of tools and tricks that help them understand how bad guys identify target IP addresses, collect information about the systems they plan on compromising, and exploit weaknesses without being noticed. The idea is to learn how to figure out what the weaknesses are in your organization's network before the bad guys do.
Strategy and Trajectory Other security consulting companies have tried to put together similar courses, often modeled after the Ernst & Young course. For the sake of this article, hacking shall be defined as the art of system and network penetration, regardless of intention. Similar to surgery, hacking is indeed a mixture of art and science. Having the right tools, and the technology, is just one part of the procedure. You need to know how to use the tools, when, why, and on which occasions. You need