Archive for August, 2011


EC–Council Partners with U.S. Cyber Challenge to Sponsor National Cyber Quests Fall 2011 Competition

The U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) today announced that the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) has agreed to sponsor awards for the top three winners of the Cyber Quests Fall 2011 competition. Cyber Quests is a national online competition allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of information security disciplines.

The Quest features a quiz designed for an intermediate skill level and is based upon a network packet capture file that participants must analyze to identify and interpret various types of network and web application attacks. Winners will be determined based on who achieves the highest quiz score in the shortest amount of time. Registration is open through September 8.

EC-Council is sponsoring prizes for the first, second and third place winners that include EC-Council’s flagship Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) v7 training, Security+ training by Element K, official courseware, exam vouchers and passes for Hacker Halted, TakeDownCon and CAST cyber security conferences. EC-Council will also grant the first place winner with an automatic entry into the Global CyberLympics competition, an international team ethical hacking championship. Read more…


Ethical Hacking Scholarship Worth USD 18,000 Announced to Create World-Class Ethical Hackers And Cyber Defenders to Protect Businesses

EC-Council University’s announcement of a new ‘Ethical Hacking Scholarship’ to cover the full tuition and fees of its Master of Security Science degree program comes in support of and on the sidelines of the announcement by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the Draft National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Strategic Plan which is a national campaign by NIST, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) which is focused on enhancing cybersecurity in the United States via educational and training resources designed to improve the cyber behavior, skills and knowledge of every segment of the population.

Washington, DC – EC-Council University, a leading provider of information security education globally, announces a new “Ethical Hacking Scholarship” that covers the full tuition and fees for the entire Master of Security Science program worth $18,000 to help create a new breed of cyber leaders in support of the NICE initiative.

This scholarship is launched on the sidelines of the NICE national strategic plan to accelarate the availability of cyber security education. The NICE program aims to improve secure use and access to digital information in a way that advances America’s economic prosperity and national security.

“This plan represents the coordinated thinking of the federal agencies that have leading roles in NICE,” said NIST’s Ernest McDuffie, who leads the NICE program. Co-leading the effort are the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Recent studies have shown that while there is a shortage of technical workers, the field of cyber security is rapidly evolving. In fact, former federal officials have estimated there are only 1,000 U.S. security specialists with the skills necessary to operate in cyberspace and the country needs about 10,000 to 30,000 such professionals.

In support of this initiative, EC-Council University has independently launched the “The ‘Master of Security Science’ degree, which is a rigorous program that provides students with an unprecedented level of theory and hands-on based cybersecurity education to help them take the next step in their security careers,” said Jay Bavisi, president of EC-Council University.

The program helps create future cyber leaders to protect organizations that have come under serious attacks from hacking groups like the Lutxsec, Anonymous and that have caused serious losses to these organizations.

Successful students will be accepted for the Ethical Hacking Scholarship this year. The successful applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or foreign equivalent and must fulfill EC-Council University’s application requirements: http://www.eccuni.us/Admission.aspx

In 2010 alone, the Ponemon Institute calculated the cost of each lost personal record at $204 in the United States, and the average organizational cost of a data breach at $6.75 million in the United States.

“The world is facing an unprecedented form of attacks and we need out of the box leaders to deal with the situation ahead of us. Those who complete the MSS degree will possess critical thinking skills and extensive applicable cyber security knowledge and will be trained to lead the charge in defending the cyber frontiers of our society effectively” added Bavisi.

Salary survey website PayScale reports that among employees possessing such qualifications, an IT director makes between $85,856 and $127,765 a year. However, there is a severe shortage of these skills globally.

The person with the highest merit will be selected to receive EC-Council University’s Hacking Scholarship, which entitles the recipient to receive tuition and fees paid in full for the entire Master in Information Security program – for a total value of $18,000.

In addition to the Ethical Hacking Scholarship, EC-Council University is also issuing a series of merit-based fellowships to the cyber professional community. University applicants will automatically be entered into the applicant pool for the Cyber Security Fellowship. Fellowship awards are only available in the original month of application for a limited number of qualified individuals. Students simply apply for admission into the MSS program and the university’s enrollment advisors work with them every step of the way.

ABOUT EC-COUNCIL UNIVERSITY:
EC-Council University is a leading provider of information security education and training to professionals in the security and military fields, and post-graduate students. It is the developer of the ‘Master of Security Science,’ a 100 percent online degree program designed to provide students with a solid foundation in information security. The University also offers several certifications, including Information Security Professional, IT Analyst, Digital Forensics and Executive Information Assurance, IT Disaster Recovery Certifications. Website: http://www.eccuni.us

ABOUT MASTER OF SECURITY SCIENCE DEGREE:
EC-Council University’s Master of Security Science program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in information security. The MS information security course is suitable for students with a wide range of previous security experience. The MSS program is offered online, enabling students to access classes from any location in the world and at any time. For more information about the Master of Security Science degree, please visit: http://www.eccuni.us


FierceFinanceIT: Banks turn to ethical hackers to enhance security

As reported in FierceFinanceIT, 2011 has seen major financial and commercial companies victimized by online breaches. In an effort to beef up security, many of these companies are now turning to certified professional hackers to test and enhance security systems.

Often referred to as “ethical hacking,” it’s a phenomenon that Jay Bavisi, co-founder of the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), says has entered into the mainstream over the last 10 years.

“In five years it will almost become mandatory. You probably need to have an [ethical hacker] that’s on your job,” Bavisi told FierceFinanceIT. Formed in 2001, the EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals, certified more than 30,000 IT professionals and represents 87 countries, according to the organization’s website. Read more…


EC-Council Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) Debuts in the Middle East

PRWeb Summary: EC-Council’s (www.eccouncil.org) Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) debuted in the Middle East in late July with two back-to-back courses on Advanced Penetration Testing, coordinated by Formatech’s Lebanon training center. The CAST Advanced Penetration Testing training is an intense three-day technical training course that teaches experienced information security professionals how to pen-test highly secured environments like government agencies and financial institutions. Roughly 80 percent of the class involves hands-on hacking labs.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – EC-Council’s new elite training program, the Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST), recently debuted in the Middle East with two back-to-back classes in Advanced Penetration Testing in late July in Lebanon.

The CAST classes were held July 26-28 and July 29 – August 2, coordinated by EC-Council training partner Formatech, through its training center in Beirut, Lebanon. Both the Advanced Penetration Testing courses were led by CAST Master Joe McCray and were attended by a total of 30 information security professionals from around the region.“CAST is committed to providing advanced information security training in the Middle East, which we foresee exponential growth in demand for such training ifor some time to come,” said Leonard Chin, Director of CAST. “It is very encouraging to receive very good responses from the participants in our first-ever Middle East CAST training class, and plans for more of such offerings are already underway.”
The 30 information security professionals who completed CAST’s Advanced Penetration Testing course gained invaluable experience in pen-testing a high security network, like those used by government agencies and financial institutions. Specifically, they learned how to move around the network without being detected by IDS/IPS, how to circumvent common security implementations such as Locked, and how to down desktops, GPOs, IDS/IPS/WAF, etc.Formatech is a leading training center in Lebanon since 1995, offering computer and IT training courses to companies and individuals. (I will put in Formatech’s boilerplate here)

CAST is holding an inaugural summit in Washington, D.C. August 22-25. The CAST Summit will offer advanced penetration testing, advanced network defense training, digital mobile forensics training and cryptography training. The summit concludes with a keynote address by two renowned cybersecurity and cyber terrorism experts, Jeff Bardin and Richard Stiennon, and a series of lectures directly from CAST’s elite trainers. For more information on the CAST Summit, please visit http://www.eccouncil.org/castsummit.

ABOUT CAST:

The Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) was developed by EC-Council (www.eccouncil.org), in conjunction with cybersecurity experts, to address the need for highly technical and advanced security training for information security professionals. Instructed by EC-Council’s select group of master trainers, CAST offers hands-on, lab intensive courses that cover the security industry’s top domains, including advanced penetration testing training, digital mobile forensics training, advanced application security training, advanced network defense training, advanced social engineering training, web application security training, and more. CAST is hosted at various international events, including the CAST Summit, as well as EC-Council’s flagship Hacker Halted conference series. More information about CAST is available at http://www.eccouncil.org/cast

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. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members.

EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, 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 information security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information about EC-Council is available at www.eccouncil.org.


EC-Council is launching “CyberLympics” – Olympic games for Cyber Security

Global CyberLympics is conceptualized and organized by EC-Council. The goal of the CyberLympics is to raise awareness towards increased education and ethics in information security. The mission of the Global CyberLympics is Unifying Global Cyber Defense through the Games. EC-Council’s Global CyberLympics, the world’s first ethical hacking championship will be held this September across six continents. The Global CyberLympics is endorsed by the U.N.‘s cybersecurity executing arm. The mission behind the games is to foster better cooperation and communication on cybersecurity issues among countries.

Global CyberLympics is a series of ethical hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges that will take place starting from September across six continents. Teams will vie for regional championships, followed by a global hacking championship round to determine the world’s best cybersecurity team. The EC-Council is sponsoring over $400,000 worth of prizes at the CyberLympics. Read more…


CICRA launches Certified Ethical Hacker training

CICRA Institute of Education yesterday (3 August) launched internationally acclaimed cutting-edge Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) training programme in Colombo.

The five day training programme is part of CICRA’s objective to arm Sri Lankan corporates against raising wave of cybercrimes worldwide.

The ongoing training is conducted by an international trainer accredited by US based International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (E-CCouncil). Participants of this training programme will receive C|EH qualification from the E-C Council after completing an extensive examination.

CICRA has been accredited to train cyber soldiers to fight against newest forms of cyber terrorism that could cripple national security interests and corporate network structure following a partnership with E-C Council, which in turn has been endorsed by US Department of Defense and the National Security Agency (NSA). Read more…


GTI Portugal Teaches Ethical Hacking

Portugal, July 25 – GTI – Management, Technology and Innovation SA, EC-Council’s Accredited Training Centre in Portugal conducted their first Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training in Matosinhos today. Led by Paolo Pinto, Certified EC-Council Instructor, this 40 hour training programme consisted of a labs intensive environment that allowed the students to understand the current threats and the countermeasures required to ensure a secure system. This marked the beginning of a series of EC-Council training for GTI with the second class tentatively scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2011 at GTI’s headquarters in Braga. For any further enquiries please visit GTI’s website at www.gti.pt

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EC-Council Raises Critical Information Security Awareness and Support at Microsoft’s MCT Summit 2011

Stockholm, July 29, 2011 – In an effort to share with the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) community on the enormity of cyber security threats and how to counter the impending dangers, EC-Council supported the recent MCT Summit 2011 that was held from June 28th , 2011 to July 1st, 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden.

More than 100 of the crème de la crème from the MCT community gathered for four days of conference and workshops in the capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm.

EC-Council sponsored all participating MCTs with its newly released Certified Ethical Hacker and Countermeasures (C|EH) version 7 courseware and exam vouchers. The announcement was made by the Summit’s Chair, Mr. Daniel Sörlöv during the event’s welcome dinner.

According to Daniel, “The EC-Council program provides vendor neutral training in a very important area, security, to the market. By having EC-Council sponsoring our event, it allows our MCT community to have access to the world-leading ethical hacking program, the CEHv7, which will certainly fortify their security knowledge and skills. We greatly appreciate EC-Council’s support.”

Sean Lim, Vice President of EC-Council, added “MCT Summit Stockholm has given EC-Council a very warm welcome and we look forward to continue bringing the latest IT Security education here and to the rest of MCT Summit series. These MCTs with their newfound knowledge of information security will be a boon to their trainees globally as they will be spreading the security mandate and know-how while delivering Microsoft’s pervasive technologies globally”.

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. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members.

EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, 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 information security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information about EC-Council is available at www.eccouncil.org.


Cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialized agency; the International Telecommunication Union Endorses EC-Council’s Global CyberLympics

EC-Council’s Global CyberLympics (http://cyberlympics.org), the world’s first ethical hacking championship will be held this September across six continents. The Global CyberLympics is endorsed by IMPACT – the Cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialized agency; the International Telecommunication Union. The mission behind the games is to foster better cooperation and communication on cybersecurity issues among countries.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – IMPACT – the Cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialized agency; the International Telecommunication Union, has endorsed the Global CyberLympics, a new initiative by the EC-Council to foster stronger international cooperation on information security issues and to improve cybersecurity training and awareness in developing nations and third world countries.

Created by EC-Council, the Global CyberLympics is a series of ethical hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges that will take place starting from September across six continents. Teams will vie for regional championships, followed by a global championship round to determine the world’s best cybersecurity team. The EC-Council is sponsoring over $400,000 worth of prizes at the CyberLympics. Read more…


EC-Council President Jay Baivisi – Stuxnet and Cybersecurity – CEH