Posts Tagged With ‘Ethical’


Northumbria offers Certified Ethical Hacker qualification

From this September Ethical Hacking for Computer Security students at Northumbria University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences (CEIS) will be receiving two qualifications for the price of one.

Budding computer security experts will study the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) Certified Ethical Hacker programme as part of their degree, receiving a separate professional qualification from the Council. Better yet, Northumbria University will be the first UK institution to offer the qualification for no extra cost to students.

The EC-Council is a member-based organisation that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills. It offers a range of programmes in over 60 countries through a training network of more than 450 training partners globally. Individuals who have achieved EC-Council certifications include those from some of the finest organisations around the world such as the US Army, the FBI, Microsoft, IBM and the United Nations.

The certification will provide a boost to the CVs of all of the course’s new and current students, with those starting their final year in September the first to qualify. Normally costing around £3,000 to study separately, the inclusion of this certification within the programme’s fees provides a welcome added value to the students.


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…


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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The Case for Ethical Hacking

Government agencies and business organizations today are in constant need of ethical hackers to combat the growing threat to IT Security, says Jay Bavisi, co-founder of the EC Council.

“A lot of government agencies, professionals and corporations now understand that if you want to protect a system, you cannot do it by just locking your doors,” Bavisi says in an interview with Tom Field of Information Security Media Group [transcript below].

Bavisi, president and co-founder of the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, created an ethical hacker standard now used by the Pentagon.

Bavisi describes an ethical hacker as someone who is “trying to figure out if they are able to protect your system and if the system has been sufficiently protected.” A certified ethical hacker needs to think and act like a hacker in order to aid an organization in its efforts to protect valuable information assets.

For more information on this, please visit “http://www.govinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=3737&opg=1“.


Bank Information Security Podcast: Why We Need Ethical Hacking

Ethical hacking” – is the term an oxymoron, or is it one of today’s necessities in the fight against cybercrime? Jay Bavisi, president and co-founder of the EC Council, feels strongly about why we need ethical hackers more today than ever before.

“Many people misunderstand what ethical hacking is,” says Bavisi, who co-founded the EC Council in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“I was bombarded by the U.S. media for coming up with such a stupid term as ‘ethical hacking,'” he recalls of the council’s early days. “They said it was an oxymoron, that ethical hacking doesn’t exist …”

In layman’s terms, Bavisi says, an ethical hacker is simply a bodyguard. “But instead of a human bodyguard, an ethical hacker is a computer bodyguard. Their job is to sit there and figure out: If a hacker were to attack a system, how would they do it, and they’re trying to figure out how to protect your systems – if your systems have been sufficiently protected.”

For more information on this, please visit “http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/podcasts.php?podcastID=1145


Ethical hacking is only for the just

Jay Bavisi, president and co-founder of the EC-Council (The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants), speaks in this letter about the boundaries of ethical hacking, and urges the industry not to judge the ethical hacking community by the actions of one security professional:

In a recent ZDNet Australia article, “Qld cops denounce ‘ethical hacking‘”, the author, Stilgherrian, wrote the following:

“Police have spoken out strongly against so-called ‘ethical hacking’ in the wake of the demonstration of a Facebook privacy hack at the BSides Australia conference being held in conjunction with the AusCERT 2011 information security conference. The incident has already seen a journalist arrested and his iPad seized.”


Ethical Hacking Set to Make Its Mark in Russia

Moscow – On March 14, 2011, an international launch of ethical hacking courses took place around the world. Tens of thousands of Russian security engineers now have access to secret chips and techniques of hackers at the EC-Council authorized courses of Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Version 7 at the Center “Specialist”.

Upon the completion of this highly technical ethical hacking course, participants will receive the much-acclaimed EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification. The CEH program was officially accepted by the US Department of Defense last year, as part of its DoD Directive 8570.01M Change 2.

Center “Specialist” and EC Council started a new chapter in Russia’s history of information security. At the press conference, Sergey Klevogin, a Certified EC-Council Instructor, demonstrated how information systems can be protected using techniques and methods based on offensive tactics of hackers.
“Being aware and understanding the various vulnerabilities, a security engineer can almost fully protect systems from being compromised,” Klevogin said. “By knowing the tools and methodologies that a perpetrator employs, one can competently defend the company’s security systems from intrusion. Now they have the opportunity to be the ‘real’ hackers at the other side of the fence. In line with the CEH philosophy, to catch a hacker, you have to think like one.

The representatives of Russia’s leading computer media, including Hacker, PC World, Hard & Soft, ComputerBild, Chip and PCWEEK were invited to participate in the presentation. The largest Russian TELECOM-operators and banks expressed particular interest in the Certified Ethical Hacker program.

“In the telecoms and banking sectors, there are thousands of security engineers that constantly need to improve their skills in the field of information security,” said Dmitry Gudzenko, the director of Computer Training Center “Specialist.” “Ethical hacking courses – it’s a new elite step in training professionals in the field of Information security. ‘Specialist’ is the market leader in computer training, and we are proud to become the first EC-Council Authorized Training Center (ATC) in Russia to provide the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program.”

“Russia has some of the most talented and ingenious hackers in the world. I believe the CEH program will enable them to apply their brilliant skills for a good cause rather than evil,” Gudzenko said.

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 70 countries around the globe. EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 38,000 security professionals. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US federal government, National Security Agency (NSA), Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), US Army, FBI, Microsoft and CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Team) of various nations. The UUS Department of Defense has included the CEH program into its Directive 8570, making it one of the mandatory standards to be achieved by Computer Network Defenders Service Providers (CND-SP). http://www.eccouncil.org


Intersoftware Launches Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Version 7 in Mexico

Mexico, D.F., March 14th – 18th – InterSoftware, a leading provider of training solutions in information technology based in Mexico City, was appointed by EC-Council to participate in the global launch of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Version 7 program.

“This new version is indeed the best ethical hacking course ever,” said Carlos Morales de la Cerda CEO of InterSoftware

InterSoftware’s CEHv7 launch in March had 58 participants made up by information security professionals from various industries. Jesus Consuelos, a Certified EC-Council Instructor and an expert on the subject matter, gave the participants a brief summary of the benefits of such certification and highlighted the key differences from the previous version.

At the end of the event Intersoftware hosted a cocktail party where participants had the opportunity to network with peers and executives of Intersoftware.

InterSoftware’s participation in this exclusive global event provided security professionals in Mexico City with the first glimpse of the new standard in ethical hacking training – and were among the first in the world to have attended the CEHv7 training.

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 70 countries around the globe. EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 38,000 security professionals. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US federal government, National Security Agency (NSA), Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), US Army, FBI, Microsoft and CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Team) of various nations. The UUS Department of Defense has included the CEH program into its Directive 8570, making it one of the mandatory standards to be achieved by Computer Network Defenders Service Providers (CND-SP). http://www.eccouncil.org