Archive for April, 2010


EC-Council President to Lead Hacker’s Panel at Infosecurity Europe

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Apr 15, 2010 – Infosecurity Europe, the leading cybersecurity event in Europe, has named Jay Bavisi, president and co-founder of EC-Council to lead its signature Hacker’s Panel at the London conference later this month. The panel, scheduled for April 29th, will focus on the subject of cyber warfare, from the perspective of both crime fighters and victims in order to better evaluate the threat and its financial impacts.

“I am gratified to have been named once again by Infosecurity Europe to lead this groundbreaking Hacker’s Panel,” Jay said. “This panel shall engage in one of the most interesting cybersecurity discussions to take place in Europe, and I look forward to sharing insights from the best minds in the industry on the latest threats facing the cyber community.”

Jay will serve as chairman of the Hacker’s Panel, which is to consists of several of the world’s leading hackers and cybersecurity experts. This marks the second time Jay has been chosen to lead the Hacker’s Panel at Infosecurity Europe. In addition to Jay, one participant on the Hacker’s Panel is Sean Hanna, EC-Council’s Certified Instructor, who is also the director of Nemstar Ltd. Hanna is an award-winning IT Security trainer and consultant who has served such clients as the Irish Army and international financial companies and public sector organizations in both the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Due to the sensitivity of the subject, the remaining panel speakers will not be identified prior to the event.

Since founding EC-Council in 2002, Jay Bavisi has been a strong advocate for the adoption of better training and education standards within the IT security industries in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His organization has been instrumental in creating new industry standards for cyber security training, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH); Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI); Security Analyst (ECSA); and Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) certification. In February, EC-Council got the nod from the U.S. Department of Defense to incorporate Certified Ethical Hacker training as an option to the Pentagon’s formal training program for its information assurance workforce.

ABOUT EC-COUNCIL:

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 30,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For more information about EC-Council, please visit the website: www.eccouncil.org

ABOUT INFOSECURITY EUROPE

Infosecurity Europe, celebrating 15 years at the heart of the industry in 2010, is Europe’s number one Information Security event. Featuring over 300 exhibitors, the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled education programme and visitors from every segment of the industry, it is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe. Organised by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest tradeshow organiser, Infosecurity Europe is one of five Infosecurity events around the world with events also running in Belgium, Netherlands and Russia. Infosecurity Europe runs from the 27th – 29th April 2010, in Earls Court, London. For further information please visit www.infosec.co.uk


EC Council Announces the first ever Official Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Exam Review Course

Albuquerque March 24, 2010 –EC-Council’s live, online training deliver platform announces the launch of the first and only LIVEOfficial Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Exam Review Course.

EC Council launched the iClass training platform in its current incarnation in January of 2009 and the program has been instrumental in bringing EC Council certification courses to IT Professionals all over the world either through our iClass partner relationships or by giving a remote student the ability to login and take an authorized course from wherever they reside.

“Since we launched the iClass platform, I have fielded literally thousands of questions regarding the CEH exam. The questions range from the tools that are covered, to the number of modules in the latest version. However, the main questions always revolve around the exam objectives.” Said Eric Lopez, Director of Online Learning for EC Council

This innovative course was designed to help students who have attended their training at an EC Council Authorized Training Center (ATC), or those who have invested the time in another form of EC Council authorized study such as web-based or video-based training and who have attempted and failed the exam.

The Course includes:

Mr. Lopez, went on to say, “This course will not suffice if the candidate hasn’t already attended a live, authorized course, or paired up their industry experience with a serious amount of EC Council authorized self study, and to assure that a candidate qualifies to take this course, they will be required to submit proof of their having attended authorized training or that they have attempted and failed the exam.

The course will retail at $349 dollars and with the voucher cost at $250 that is only $99 above the cost a candidate was going to pay to test anyway. Now we will provide them access to a ‘guided tour’ through the exam objectives; not to mentioned the test pass guarantee option!”

About EC-Council
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. EC Council is the owner and developer of the world-famous E-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI),
Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and various others offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery
GI Bill, and the US Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certifying EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH), Network Security Administrator
(ENSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP),
Certified Security Analyst (E|CSA) and Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) certification program for meeting the 4011,
4012, 4013A, 4014, 4015 and 4016 training standards for information security professionals. For more information about EC-Council, please visit http://www.eccouncil.org


KBU students explore the world of hacking

Fri, 09 Apr 2010

THE terms ‘hacker’ or ‘hacking’ usually carry negative connotations. They often imply criminal, or at least, mischievous intent, while intruding into another’s computer security system. However, in the computing community, the term could be complimentary, depending on the context. More often than not, the primary meaning of a hacker is someone who is a brilliant programmer or a technical expert.

That was exactly what students of KBU International College found out when they attended a talk organised exclusively for them by the EC-Council Asia Pacific, in collaboration with KBU’s School of Engineering and Computing.

During the much-awaited event, students were also given the opportunity to watch a live demo on ethical hacking which was demonstrated by the EC Council presenters.

EC-Council is the leading IT Security certification body who offers both business and technical training to impart a solid background necessary to build successful e-businesses. The institution addresses the critical needs across all industries for the whole spectrum of industry-standard IT security and e-business programme

Dr Christine Lee Siew Ken, Deputy Head of KBU School of Engineering & Computing, who coordinated the event, was extremely pleased with the huge turn-out of her students. The lecture theatre was packed to the brim with not only students from KBU’s School of Engineering and Computing but also those from the School of Business, Hospitality & Tourism Management and the School of Design.

Through KBU’s collaboration with the EC-Council, students could get themselves certified as an ethical hacker at an affordable fee.

Lee also remarked that many students were not aware of the lucrative salary of IT security professionals. For instance, in the Robert Walters Global Salary Survey 2009, it was reported that an IT security analyst in Malaysia could earn a salary of up to RM100,000 per annum, while in Hongkong, a security specialist earns up to HKD 800,000 (RM344,000) per annum. If one were to venture further, a security specialist in UK and France could earn up to £95,000 (RM372,000) and €90,000 (RM398,000) per annum respectively.


Zayed University Offers World Class Information Security Education

Apr 05, 2010 – Internet penetration in the United Arab Emirates is on the rise as recent studies has shown that web growth has reached 67 per cent with over 55 per cent of the population using it on a daily basis. This points out to the probability of us being more prone to security threats and cyber crimes. Recognizing the critical need for defining information utility and computer security; Zayed University has integrated information security education into their curricula through a partnership with EC-Council via the Academia Partnership program. Conceived by EC-Council, the program enables institutes of higher learning to deliver up to date information security education with ease, and at a cost effective manner. Acknowledging the credibility and relevance of the content provided by EC-Council, Zayed University has taken a tremendous initiative to equip the students with security skills and to be a professional in the field which will help them in building a bright future in related fields and to build up a generation which is responsive to information security risks.

“We are pleased to be an Academia partner of EC-Council. We are looking forward to contribute to the information security workforce by providing graduates who will be equipped with the latest skills and technologies required to excel in the industry.” – said Dr. Huwaida from Zayed University
To be introduced first will be the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker program.

A Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the official approval of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification program as a new baseline skills requirement for U.S. cyber defenders. This requirement falls under the auspices of DoD Directive 8570 Information Assurance Workforce Improvement. Directive 8570 provide clear guidance to information assurance training, certification and workforce management across all components of the DoD.

Mr. Sean Lim, Vice President of EC-Council, said, “We are confident that Zayed University has taken an exemplary and vanguard step by participating in the EC-Council Academia Partner program. Their participation demonstrates that the local academia views seriously and acknowledges the implications of information security issues. By providing their students with information security knowledge, this university is contributing to the welfare and well-being of Dubai. We are certain that these partnerships will go a long way in developing a generation of information security experts who will be pivotal assets of the information security industry”.

About EC-Council
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. It is the owner and developer of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) program, License Penetration Tester (LPT) program and various other programs offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, and the US Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). For more information about EC-Council, please visit the website: www.eccouncil.org. COMGUARD (www.comguard.net) is the exclusive distributor for EC-Council in the Middle East region.

About Zayed University
Zayed University is a higher educational institution in United Arab Emirates which was established in 1998 and named in honor of His highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country’s first president. Zayed University has been dedicated to preparing its graduates for life and work in an ever changing world, becoming proficient in the use of modern technology, and developing a true sense of global citizenship. The University’s academic programs, which strive to conform to the highest world standards. Zayed University has two campuses in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, serving around 3,500 female students. University is organized academically into five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Sciences, Communication and Media Sciences, Education, and Information Technology


Fox Business News: Is Your Computer Network Safe?

Friday, March 19, 2010

There was a time not long ago when computer hacking brought to mind an image of an anti-social teenager hiding in his parents’ dark basement cracking code for the thrill of it and later posting his exploits online under a dangerous sounding nickname like “Plague.”

But recent hacks on some of the world’s most sophisticated technology companies have showcased another kind of cyber criminal, one that includes foreign governments and organized crime cartels, unconstrained by social norms and backed by nearly unlimited resources.

As attacks become ever more clever, is any computer user really safe?

“If you are dealing with a sophisticated nation state adversary then obviously there are a lot of resources they can bring to bear and it would be difficult for the private sector to face that sort of attack,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research at McAfee Inc. (MFE: 40.3, 0.15, 0.37%) “Just like we don’t expect private sector companies to be able to face an armed attack by an army.”