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Bloomberg Businessweek: “Will the Antivirus Industry Survive the Cloud?” – Jay Bavisi, President, EC-Council

Tech industry analysts have been predicting the demise of the desktop and download antivirus (AV) security model for years, due in large part to the ongoing transition to “the cloud.” But the traditional antivirus business isn’t going away soon.
The thinking goes that as more businesses and consumers shift to the cloud’s Internet-based software applications, the relevance of desktop antivirus products diminishes.

For more information, please visit “http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/oct2010/tc20101021_425496.htm“.


Microsoft’s Biggest Patch Tuesday Ever — Better Update Your System, or Else

Microsoft’s biggest Patch Tuesday ever is October 12th, and if you don’t pay attention, you just might get hacked.

For the last seven years, Microsoft has issued its security fixes on the second Tuesday of every month – i.e., Patch Tuesday. This day is an important one for Microsoft users, as the software is often criticized for being buggy and insecure. In the latest patch, Microsoft is fixing 49 vulnerabilities, including four critical, 10 important and two moderate fixes.

But here is the problem: The day after Patch Tuesday is known in the hacker community as “Hack Wednesday.”

For more information, please visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-bavisi/microsofts-biggest-patch-_b_758339.html


UAE students to get cyber security training

School students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will undergo special cyber security training to learn various safety measures while using the internet.

A series of lessons will be offered to school children during an “information security awareness camp” launched across the nation by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).

The lessons are specifically designed to raise awareness of the students regarding the online threats that might endanger them while using the internet. The programme will also educate students about optimal use of the social networking sites and how to avoid suspicious websites.

For more information, please visit http://www.prokerala.com/news/articles/a173344.html


On September 23, EC-Council President was interviewed by America’s news giant Fox News to seek his opinion regarding cyberwar and the deadly “Stuxnet” worm

On September 23, EC-Council President was interviewed by America’s news giant Fox News to seek his opinion regarding cyberwar and the deadly “Stuxnet” worm which could further trigger the virtual cyber arms race on the Internet. (See http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/09/23/stuxnet-cyberattack-targeting-irans-nuclear-plant/).

To view interview, click HERE -> —-> http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/09/29/pssst-wanna-buy-dangerous-security-hack/


TRA Partners With EC-Council to Educate Students on Cyber Security

Oct 03, 2010 – The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) represented by the National Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), is joining hands with the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) to initiate a nationwide campaign aiming to educate students on cyber security and risks of improper use of the internet.
As a result of the joint cooperation between aeCERT and EC-Council, a series of information security lessons will be offered to school children during an “information security awareness camp”. These lessons are specifically designed by aeCERT and EC-Council to raise awareness of the students regarding the online threats that might endanger them while using the internet.
The objectives of the campaign also include providing students with necessary information about optimal use of the social networking sites and how to avoid suspicious sites and persons. After the successful completion of the training, students will obtain a globally recognized information security certificate by the EC-Council.


EC-Council To Present at the 13th Semi-Annual Software Assurance (SwA) Forum by DHS

Sep 28, 2010 – Gaithersburg, MD – EC-Council was invited and will be presenting at the upcoming 13th Semi-Annual Software Assurance (SwA) Forum, co-sponsored by organizations in the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and NIST.

Presenters at this forum comprise senior executives from both the federal space and public corporations, including Joe Jarzombek from DHS, Kristin Baldwin of DoD, and Ron Ross of NIST.

Jay Bavisi, president of EC-Council, who also presented at another Software Assurance conference held in earlier in the year, will be presenting on the first day of the conference on Sep 28, 2010. Jay’s topic, “The 10 Things Hackers Don’t Want You To Know”, will see him shed light on some of the darkest secrets of the underground hackers community.

“Information security encompasses more than just protecting sovereign IT systems of governments and those of organizations. The rapid evolution of cyber threats makes forums like these excellent platforms for knowledge exchange and sharing,” said Jay. He adds, “It is an honor and privilege for EC-Council to be invited once again to participate and contribute to this forum.”

The SwA Forum meets semi-annually to provide a public-private gathering for government, industry, and academia to collaborate in efforts focused on advancing security and resilience in software.

For more information about the SwA Forum, please visit https://buildsecurityin.us-cert.gov/bsi/events/1133-BSI.html


EC-COUNCIL FRANCE SPONSORS NIGHT DA HACK, PARIS 2010

EC-Council was the Gold Sponsor for Night da Hack in Paris, a reputed security conference featuring a hacking and defense competition held annually in France, and this year’s event attracted more than 600 security professionals attending.

Paris, June 20th, 2010 – EC-Council was proud to collaborate in the Night da Hack once again following last year’s success. Attendees at this annual IT security conference included CIOs, CEOs and CTOs of large organisations, professors, security consultants, researchers and even students. The main objective of the event was to provide a common platform for both enthusiasts and professionals to learn, discuss and share on the global trends of the information security sphere.

One of the highlights of the event was the “Capture The Flag” (CTF) competition where EC-Council awarded the CTF competition winners with prizes including its authorized courseware and conference passes for the EC-Council’s Hacker Halted conference held in Miami, USA. “ With three times more participants this year as compared to last, Hacker’s Night was a great success and for the first time this year the event was not only held in French but in English also which opened the door to a wider audience ” commented Olivier Franchi, Associate Director at Sysdream.

“ With the rapidly growing awareness of IT Security it is indeed a good opportunity to be invited to participate in Hacker’s Night for the 2nd time around for it is the place to meet the «creme de la creme » of IT Security community of France” added Claire Kemp, EC-Council’s representative for France.

“We are both proud and excited to be a sponsor for Hack da Night once again, and our participation is evident of our commitment to promote public-private partnerships to advance IT security measures globally. With an increase in the number participants this year, we are certain that this partnership will further enhance our objective to increase awareness and ethics towards information security training and education in the region ” said Sean Lim, the Vice President for EC-Council.

ABOUT “ Night da Hack”
“ Nuit du Hack” (NDH) is one of the oldest French underground hacking conferences. NDH was started in 2003 by Hackerz Voice team being inspired by the world famous DEF CON. The conference is concentrated around computer security related talks, workshops and competitions, NDH aims at bringing together corporate IT professionals and hackers,from all skill-levels under one roof.

ABOUT EC-COUNCIL
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity 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


EC-COUNCIL signs up training partnership with the Institut Informatique et Entreprise of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nord de France (IIE)

FRANCE, July 8, 2010 The Institut Informatique et Entreprise (IIE) of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nord de France have today signed a training partnership agreement with EC-Council which will witness the introduction of EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker certification (C|EH) certification to IIE’s suite of programs.
IIE is the first school in France to have its training validated, endorsed and recognized by ANSSI’s (The National Security of Information Systems in France) standards. The partnership between IIE and EC-Council is aligned to IIE’s positioning and objective as being one of France’s leading training schools to provide it’s students with comprehensive academic qualifications and industrial certifications encompassing the IT Security market. Liliane Denis-Cussaguet, IIE’s Director says, “One of the core values that sets IIE apart from other institutions is our drive to provide students with a differentiating niche that goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. We focus on skills and industry experience which in turn will mold the careers of our students.”
With 90% of IIE’s students gaining employment within 2 months of completing their studies (over 70% being recruited whilst still in school!), the Institut Informatique et Entreprise of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nord de France is a recognized provider of quality training and education in France. By partnering EC-Council and ANSSI, IIE intends to become a major player in providing professional training in IT Security in France,” commented Claire Kemp, EC-Council representative in France.
“With the inclusion of the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) certification into our IT Security program suite of offerings, we hope that the students will not only be equipped with the necessary knowledge, but will also gain a competitieve edge over their peers in the job market through the certification,” added Christian Deliessche, one of the first CEH certified professors at IIE.
The first C|EH class is scheduled to begin at the start of their new academic year in September 2010. Mr Sean Lim, the Vice Pesident for EC-Council, shares the significance of the partnership, “Having been selected as one of the training content providers for IIE is testament of the quality of EC-Council standards. It is our honor and privilege to have IIE become one of EC-Council’s training partners. We are certain that this partnership will blossom, and that through this partnership, IIE will be a stronger player in the information security training market.

SPANISH PLAYER ITERA PARTNERS EC-COUNCIL TO DELIVER TOP-NOTCH INFORMATION SECURITY CERTIFICATION TRAINING

Spain, Madrid, September 2010 – ITERA, a new partner of EC-Council signaled its entry into the information security training market by delivering their first successful class in July 2010.

As part of Itera’s core business which includes consulting, ITIL and providing information security training, this collaboration with EC-Council will see ITERA offering EC-Council’s Ethical Hacker certification (C|EH) and other core programs including the Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and the EC-Council Security Analyst (ECSA/LPT) program throughout Spain.

EC-Council’s representative for France, Spain and the neighboring countries, Claire Kemp said, “EC-Council sees it of significant importance in signing on a quality provider like Itera as they possess the many qualities required to provide excellent training solutions to companies in Spain. This is an important criteria to become a partner of EC-Council.”

In its first CEH class, ITERA had nine students from various organizations across different industries attending five days of exciting hands on and intensive lab practices which gave students an intimate and close up view of the capabilities of the hacking community and how they will need to take steps to defend their information and computer systems. “All the students passed their exams which proves the effectiveness of the training” commented Pedro Lara Lara, Itera’s Consulting Manager.

“One of the most important things learned from attending the course was how certain tools were used for hacking and what we needed to do to preempt such attacks”, commented one of the attendees, Javier Maestre.

Added Antonio Da Silva, another excited participant in the course,
”The knowledge of the instructor was crucial in transferring knowledge to the students and that stood out in our class. The authorized course material was very comprehensive and well organized with all the tools required for the labs.”

As a testimony of Itera’s quality approach to providing effective training, another participant, Paloma Mendez was quick to add, “The benefits of training ethical hackers are much higher as compared to the risks associated with it. It is essential to take such training delivered by a reputed institution as Itera as that gave us the maximum course benefit.”

The C|EH Program certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. Certified Ethical Hackers are skilled professionals who understand and are able to locate the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of a target system and use the same knowledge and tools used by hacker.

Sean Lim, the vice president for EC-Council, shares the significance of the partnership, “We applaud Itera’s visionary move to provide much needed, high quality information security programs to the many organizations and professionals in Spain. The keen interest in security investments will lead to a demand for certified professionals, and students from Itera will be at the forefront in addressing this demand.”

About EC-Council

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity 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.


EC-Council Awards Winners for 2010

Albuquerque, NM, Aug 25, 2010 – EC-Council, a leading international certification body in information security and e-business, today announced the winners for the annual EC-Council Awards for 2010. The EC-Council Awards recognizes the ongoing commitment of Accredited Training Centers and Certified EC-Council Instructors that have contributed significantly, and made a difference to the information security community by providing leading EC-Council certification programs.

This year’s winners are carefully selected from an extensive EC-Council Training Partner network that has over 450 training centers across 70 countries, and a large pool of Certified EC-Council Instructors, after meeting the stringent criteria set by the EC-Council Awards Committee. The Awards will be given out at the Hacker Halted USA 2010 conference, which will be held from Oct 13 – 15, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida.

“The annual EC-Council Awards highlights the commitment and achievements of our global partners and trainers that have contributed to the information security community. We are pleased to honor so many accomplished training providers and instructors that are committed to the betterment of world-class information security education globally. I congratulate all of the winners for their achievements and dedication to the Information Security industry in their respective region,” said Jay Bavisi, President of EC-Council.

Below is the list of EC-Council Awards Winners for 2010:

ATC of the Year

ATC – Circle of Excellence

ATC – Newcomer of the Year

Instructor of the Year

Instructor – Circle of Excellence

The awards presentation ceremony will be held on Oct 13, 2010, at the upcoming Hacker Halted USA conference in Miami, Florida. This year’s conference line up of speakers has been expanded to include versatile topic presenters such as Professor Majid Sarrazfadeh, Richard Stiennon, Barnaby Jack, Arian Evans, Jacob West and John Flowers. They and the rest of the speakers will present diverse topics which will create the foundation for how this new decade in IT security is managed: Medical Hacking, Cloud Security, Web Application Security, Malware and other important security topics. In addition to a comprehensive program agenda encompassing some of the latest topics surrounding IT Security, EC-Council will be offering one-day security training for all participants of the conference on Oct 15, at no additional cost.  The objective of Hacker Halted is to raise awareness towards increased education and ethics in IT security. For more information about the conference, please visit www.hackerhalted.com.

For more information about EC-Council Awards 2010, please contact Mr. Leonard Chin, Director of Marketing – leonard@eccouncil.org