Over the years there has been a lot of ink spilled, keys clicked and blood shed over the morass of information security-related professional certifications that have popped up across the landscape like proverbial weeds in the garden.
Like the story of Goldilocks and the porridge – “This one’s too technical”, “that one’s not technical enough” – “ah, this one’s just right”. And some would argue that holders of certain “gold-standard” certifications are not necessarily security-savvy. The rhetoric goes on and on and on.
From my perspective, certifications are analogous to a college degree. There are incredibly smart and capable people that do and do not have degrees. There are no guarantees when it comes to a person’s knowledge, experience, and capabilities.
However, if one does have a college degree it reflects that some commitment had been made by the individual to study and earn the degree. And depending on the quality of the school and program, one would expect there has been some standard of study attained as part of their chosen course of study.
Likewise, pursuing professional certifications reflects one’s commitment to earning the certification, adhering to some standard or body of knowledge that is the foundation for the certification, and typically maintaining the certification by renewal/retesting or continuing education requirements.
This leads me to EC Council’s new C|CISO – Certified Chief Information Security Officer certification. I have been following EC Council’s C|EH – Certified Ethical Hacker certification since its inception. Read more…
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…
PRWeb Summary: EC-Council’s (www.eccouncil.org) Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) debuted a new Advanced Penetration Testing training in the Asia-Pacific, July 18-20, hosted by the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT). The CAST Advanced Penetration Testing 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. More than 80 percent of the course duration involves hands-on hacking labs.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – August 1, 2011 – EC-Council’s new Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) recently debuted in the Asia-Pacific with a three-day Advanced Penetration Testing training, hosted by The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats’ (IMPACT) global headquarters in Cyberjaya, Malaysia from Jul 18-20.
The CAST Advanced Penetration Testing program was led by EC-Council Master Trainer Joseph McCray and was attended by information security professionals from Malaysia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Brunei, Fiji and Rwanda, among others.
“CAST offers advanced and highly technical training, and serves as a platform for infosec professionals to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to combat current information security threats, thus playing an important role in strengthening the cybersecurity of businesses, organizations and government agencies around the world,” said Leonard Chin, Director of CAST. “It is of utmost importance for cyber security defender to be equipped with cutting edge IT security skills and proficiency in order to always stay ahead of perpetrators.”
“True to its philosophy, CAST programs are highly advanced and technical in nature. The Advanced Penetration Tester program trains security professionals on how to attack and defend highly secure environments, identify threats and understand different offensive attacking strategies, which are all essential knowledge to defend against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). This program also prepares information security professionals to deal with the escalating risk environment faced by most organizations today,” said Philip Victor, Director of Policy and International Cooperation, IMPACT.
CAST’s Advanced Penetration Testing is an intense three-day technical training course that provides a thorough understanding of how to pen-test highly secured environments like government agencies and financial institutions. It is an advanced course designed for experienced professionals, and 80 percent of the class involves hands-on hacking labs, enabling students to experience combating simulated real life scenarios.
The APAC students who completed the Advanced Penetration Testing course gained invaluable experience in pen-testing a high security network environment, such as those within a government agency or financial institution. 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.
CAST is holding an inaugural CAST Summit in Washington, D.C. from August 22-25. The CAST Summit will offer advanced penetration testing, advanced application security training, advanced network defense training, digital mobile forensics training and cryptography training. The summit concludes with keynote addresses by renowned cybersecurity and cyber terrorism expert, 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.
The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) is the world’s first comprehensive alliance bringing together governments, academia and industry experts to enhance the global community’s capabilities in dealing with cyber threats. Based in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, IMPACT provides its partner countries access to expertise, facilities and resources to effectively address cyber threats. For more information, please visit www.impact-alliance.org.
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/training/advanced_security_training.aspx.
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.
The Center for Advanced Security Training (CAST), developed by EC-Council in conjunction with a select group of cybersecurity experts, will be holding its first CAST Summit in Washington D.C., on August 22-25. This summit will feature five three-day workshops covering advanced penetration testing training, digital mobile forensics, advanced application security, advanced network defense, and cryptography, followed by an interactive training seminar headlined by noted cybersecurity expert Jeff Bardin. CAST is dedicated to teaching students advanced technical security knowledge directly from the experts themselves, through the use of proven tools and techniques, in hands-on, lab-intensive environments that simulate real-world scenarios. Read more…