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Dutch Team Emerge as European Champions for the Global CyperLympics Hacker Competition and Head to the World Finals in 2012!

Global CyberLympics (, the world’s first international team ethical hacking championships, kicked off on Sep 18 with the European Championships being held in Budapest. The team formed by Deloitte Netherlands came up tops after a grueling contest with other teams, and earned the prestigious accolade of being the first CyberLymics European Champions. They will now represent Europe in the world finals in 2012.

Sep 21, 2011, ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Global CyberLympics, endorsed by the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations, held its first of the championships series in Budapest, alongside Hacktivity – touted as the largest hacker conference in Central and Eastern Europe. There were more than 1000 people from across Europe attending the event.

Conceived by EC-Council, the Global CyberLympics is supported by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations’ specialized agency – the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). This is a series of ethical hacking games comprised of both offensive and defensive security challenges. Teams will vie for the regional championships, followed by a world finals round to determine the world’s best ethical hacking team. EC-Council is sponsoring over $400,000 worth of prizes at the CyberLympics.

“The Global CyberLympics could help to foster a greater sense of partnership and cooperation between countries on the issue of cybersecurity,” said Mohd Noor Amin, Chairman of IMPACT. “By sharing knowledge, training and resources, we can help to improve the level of cybersecurity in many countries and regions around the world.”

“Congratulations to the team from Deloitte Netherlands! Our purpose with the Global CyberLympics initiative is to help establish true cybersecurity partnerships across borders,” said Jay Bavisi, Chairman of the Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee and president of EC-Council. “We are very honored to have this initiative supported by key players in the information security community, including IMPACT, the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations, events such as GITEX, the largest IT tradeshow in the Middle East region, and Hacktivity, the largest hackers conference in central and eastern Europe.”

“The CyberLympics presents a unique set of challenges that puts competing teams through a real life environment which include offensive hacking strategies but also deploying defensive capabilities to prevent being hacked. This approach makes the CyberLympics stand out from other cyber games elsewhere,” said Steven Raspe, captain of the Deloitte Netherlands team, named Hack.ers. “It is an honor to be among the first to participate in, and to win this championship. We are looking forward to representing Europe at the World Finals of the CyberLympics in 2012.”

The games come at a crucial time as global cyber threats appear to be escalating. According to the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, the annual loss of intellectual property and investment opportunities is $6 to $20 billion as a result of hacking. In a recent article about cyber espionage attacks against the US, the magazine Vanity Fair even referred to 2011 as “the Year of the Hack.”

Following up next will be the regional championships for Middle East and India, to be held at GITEX – Heralded as one of the largest and most important ICT events around the globe.

The CyberLympics world final is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2012, with its venue still being decided.

iSight Partners’ Threatspace platform is the Official Technology Partner of the Global CyberLympics 2011-12.

Registration for the Global CyberLympics is open, and more details can be found at the official Global CyberLympics website:

For media and partnership enquiries, please contact: Leonard Chin, Vice Chair – Global CyberLympics Organizing Committee: leonard [at]


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) certification. 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

Honouring Our Best ATCs and CEIs:

Albuquerque, NM, September 9, 2011 – EC-Council, a leading international certification body in information security and e-business, today announced the winners for the annual EC-Council Global Awards for 2011. The EC-Council Awards recognize 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 87 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 handed out at the Hacker Halted USA 2011 conference, which will be held from Oct 21 – 27, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida.

“The annual EC-Council Awards highlight 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 Global Awards Winners for 2011:

ATCs of the Year

Academy of Computer Education – North America
Itera – DF (IT Era S.A. de C.V.) – South America
Firebrand Training Ltd – Europe
Raya Academy – ME and North Africa
New Horizons Systems Solutions Limited – Africa
EC-Council Academy Sdn Bhd – Asia Pacific/North East Asia

ATCs – Circle of Excellence

North America
Securible, LLC
Global Knowledge Training LLC and Subsidiaries
Training Camp
Phoenix TS
New Horizons Omaha

South America
ETEK International Holding Corp.
Desarrolla Soluciones En Tecnologia De Informacion S. De R.L. M.I. De C.V.
Intersoftware Learning Solutions
Sistemas y Tecnologia Profesional S.A. de C.V.
Atl. Aplicaciones Totales en Linea

Asia Pacific/North East Asia
Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Singapore a.k.a. ITEL Learning Systems (S) Pte Ltd
PT. Inixindo Persada Rekayasa Komputer
PT Activindo System Informatika
Comat Training Services Pte Ltd

Net Academia
QA Ltd
Tshukudu Technology College BV (TSTC BV)
Overnet Solutions SRL

Middle East and North Africa
Hi-Tech College
Synergy Global Professional Services
IDEL Information Technology
Roshcomm/Excel Training

South Asia
Koenig Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Miel e-Security Pvt Ltd
Netconclave Systems
Jodo Institute
QUIK (Quest Institute of Knowledge)
Adept Technology Pvt. Ltd.

Rhythex Consulting Ltd

ATCs – Newcomer of the Year

North America
Secure Ninja

South America
Blue Hat Consultores
BS Grupo

Firebrand Training Nordic A/S
Computer Training Center Specialist at Bauman MSTU
New Horizons Bulgaria

Middle East and North Africa
Egyptian Banking Institute – Central Bank of Egypt
National Education Network

Asia Pacific/North East Asia
PT. Integrasindo Mitra Mandiri

South Asia
Akandum Technologies Pvt Ltd
Solapur IT Services


Instructors of the Year

Pete Cortez
David Pereira
Adel Abdel Moneim
Sean Hanna
Ghanshyam Bhagtani
Erdal Ozkaya

Instructors – Circle of Excellence

Dave B.Chronister
Joe McCray
Wayne M. Burke
Ernie L.Campbell
Francisco Roberto Martinez Lopez
Jesús Consuelos
Jose Salvador Gonzalez Rivera
Nabil Khalil
Bahaa Salem
Ali K Haida
Krishna Rajagopal
Ojo Olumide Ayoola
Balamurugan Rajagopal
Jacques Van Heerden
Sergey Klevogin
Guglielmo Scaiola
Richard Millett
Geeta Singh
Anshul Anant Abhang
Niranjan P.Reddy
Belly Rachdianto
Nimalan Sivananthan
Muhammad Muslim Bin Mansor

Hacker Halted USA Announces Top Information Security Speakers and Presentations for October 21-27 Conference

Hacker Halted USA 2011, one of the East Coast’s premier information security conferences, will showcase a variety of world renowned industry experts and top-notch presentations on the latest threats and security concerns. This year’s keynotes include Bruce Schneier, George Kurtz, Charlie Miller, Jeremiah Grossman, Moxie Marlinspike, Dino Dai Zovi, Barnaby Jack, Philippe Courtot. Visit

The world’s leading experts in information security threats are scheduled to take part in this year’s Hacker Halted USA, EC-Council’s flagship information security conference and a leading East Coast venue for cybersecurity research announcements. Hacker Halted 2011 takes place from October 21-27 at the InterContinental Miami.

“The recent spate of high-profile attacks against companies ranging from Sony to MasterCard are a clear reminder of the new threats we face in information security,” said Leonard Chin, Conference Director for Hacker Halted USA 2011. “The goal of Hacker Halted is to raise awareness among corporate and government professionals by providing the best minds in the industry to lecture, demo and train on the latest threats and security concerns.” Read more…

EC-Council Academia Forms New Partnership with Groupe ESAIP in France

PR Web Summary:  EC-Council Academia has signed a partnership with Groupe ESAIP in France. This partnership will see Groupe ESAIP include quality content provided by EC-Council into its curricula for IT students. The goal of EC-Council’s ( Academia is to provide information security training to colleges and universities around the world, and to facilitate its incorporation into related degree and certificate programs.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – EC-Council Academia, an education initiative to make information security courses readily available for colleges and universities around the world, recently a new partner in France, with Groupe ESAIP.

Under this partnership, Groupe ESAIP, a private state-recognized school and member of the worldwide Lasallian network, will incorporate EC-Council information security courses and hands-on labs for students pursuing the following two degrees:

1. Ingénieur en informatique et systèmes d’information (Diplôme habilité par la commission des titres d’ingénieurs)
2. Chef de projet international en informatique et réseau (Titre niveau I – équivaut master 2 – inscrit au RNCP)

“We are pleased to partner with EC-Council Academia to provide industry-recognized information security training courses to our IT students,” said  Redouane Djelouah the Higher Education Director. “The course content are recognized to be one of the highest quality, and the certification opportunities will add a lot of value to our students, as they seek to distinguish themselves in the job market upon graduation. As EC-Council is recognized by the CLUSIF in France, we believe this training will greatly benefit students in their future employment and earnings prospects.”

As Redouane Djelouah noted, security issues are becoming tantamount for many companies, not just those in the IT field. And as widely reported, employment opportunities are rapidly increasing within this field.

“The objective of EC-Council Academia is to make information security training, both theoretical and hands-on labs, more widely available to students, professionals and organizations around the world,” said Jay Bavisi, president and co-founder of EC-Council. “We are excited by this new partnership with Groupe ESAIP in France, which will be a great benefit to the school and its students. We look forward to grow our partnerships with leading educational institutions globally.”

EC-Council Academia provides coursework and hands-on labs for colleges and universities in the following areas of IT and information security:  Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), EC-Council Network Security Administrator (ENSA), EC-Council Certified Security Analyst/Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT), EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP), EC-Council Certified VoIP Professional, EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional, Security5, EC-Council Certified Incident Handler, EC-Council Certified Security Specialist, PM in IT Security, customer relationship management, and supply chain management.

EC-Council Academia provides students with six feature services:

• iLearn – An online platform where students can download everything they need to complete the course and achieve EC-Council certification. This includes courseware, lab exercises, teaching slides and DVD content. It is unlimited access on a 24/7 basis.
iPrep – An exam assessment framework used to prepare students for the actual certification exams.
• iExam – Online examination portal so students don’t have to travel to test centers in order to get certified.
• iVideo – Computer-based training videos by EC-Council’s Master Trainers so students can better understand the coursework and labs they are taking.
• iLabs – Students can login to a virtualized remote machine to perform various hands-on activities, including malware testing.
• iClass – An instructor-led classroom environment that is entirely online. Students can interact with the instructors and other students in real-time.

For colleges and universities interested in becoming an EC-Council Academia partner, please go to


ESAIP is a private state-recognised school, member of the worldwide Lasallian network, composed of different branches, under which the Engineering school, proposing 2 qualifications ESAIP Engineer, Computing and Networks and ESAIP Engineer, Industrial & Environmental Risk Management, Health & Safety; Sup’esaip – A course from Batchelor’s degree to a Master and a training center for professionals. Esaip group has a national and international network of laboratories and partner companies as well as French establishments and foreign universities. Esaip group has held the Europass label since 2007.



EC-Council Academia is an innovative education initiative that delivers information and security skills to improve career and economic opportunities around the world. It is a comprehensive learning program. EC-Council Academia provides online courses, assessment exams, CBT videos and lab activities via iPrep, iVideo, iExam, iLearn and iLabs platform. The portal also prepares candidates for industry leading EC-Council certifications exams such as CEH, CHFI, ECSA/LPT. Website:

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:

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.

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:

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:

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 ( 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


The Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) was developed by EC-Council (, 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


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

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

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