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Code Uncode Witnesses a Successful First Week and Partners with Leading Universities of India

The competition that aims to recognize India’s top secure programmers opened its preliminary window on May 19th

India, May 2013: Code Uncode, India’s first ever nationwide hunt for the best secure programmer, an initiative launched by EC- Council has witnessed participation from more than 500 participants- students and professionals across India.

The window to take the preliminary round of Code Uncode opened on 19th May and is open till the 1st week of July. The first week of Code Uncode saw over 500 participants from colleges like Brilliant Group of Institutions, Aurora Scientific and Technological institute, PRRM College and Gandhi Institute for Technology and leading IT company, CA Technologies.

The registrations are pouring in on a daily basis and Code Uncode is all set to have a grand successful preliminary round. As per the format of the competition after every round 10% of the participants will move to the next round finally moving to the Grand Finale.

To take Code Uncode to another level, EC-Council has also partnered with two of India’s leading universities- Amity University, wherein they will have participation from 30 of their campuses and Mahamaya Technical University, U.P’s biggest university with 400 colleges affiliated to it. On the Corporate front, registrations are ringing in from TCS, Infosys and many other IT firms.

“With this competition, participants will have an opportunity to move beyond theory and test their coding abilities. The rising entries that we are receiving only indicates the incredible talent pool of competent young people in India, who will become tomorrow’s IT leaders and also the need of an initiative and platform like this. We are glad to have had the foresight to launch an initiative like this that benefits not only the present but also the future of the IT industry of India.” said Akash Agarwal, Country Manager, EC-Council India.

The event will be conducted in 3 parts- Preliminary Semi Finals and the Grand Finale leading to identifying the top programmers in our country.

EC-Council backed with their vast experience in global competitions and conferences like Hacker Halted, TakeDownCon and Global Cyberlympics, is bringing the global movement and trend to India through Code Uncode.

For more information about Code Uncode 2013, visit www.eccouncil.org/codeuncode.

For more information about EC-Council, visit http://www.eccouncil.org/about_us.aspx

About EC-Council

EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants) is one of the world’s largest certification bodies for Information Security professionals. EC-Council is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various information security and e-business skills. It has been certified by American National Standards Institute to meet its ANSI 17024 standard. It is the owner and creator of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and as well as many others programs. These programs are offered in over 92 countries and over have trained over 120,000 & certified more than 60,000 security professionals through a training network of over 500 training partners globally.

Individuals who have achieved EC-Council certifications include those from some of the finest organizations around the world such as the US Army, the FBI, Microsoft, IBM and the United Nations.


EC-Council Launches Code Uncode – India’s first ‘Secure Coding’ Competition

The competition, aimed to recognize India’s top secure programmers, will reach youth across India and expects to attract over 1 Lakh registrations

INDIA- May 18th, 2013 – EC-Council, the world’s leading provider of certifications and training in the information security domain, has launched Code Uncode, India’s first ever nationwide hunt for the best secure programmer. Kick starting on May 19th, Code Uncode will be a 3 level online competition.

Code Uncode is a nationwide competition for students, professionals, colleges and corporate. The event will bring together existing and aspiring security enthusiasts from all fields of the infosec world from the Corporate and government bodies to academic institutions.

“EC-Council is dedicated to strengthening cyber security across the world and Code Uncode ’13 is an initiative to draw attention to a very key component of the information technology domain- Secure Coding. We wish to provide a platform for students, professionals, existing and aspiring programmers to come together and test their domain knowledge and showcase their talent while competing for the title of India’s Most Secure Coder,” said Jay Bavisi, President, EC-Council.

According to a report by Gartner in 2011, the IT security market of India is expected to have a CAGR of 16.4 percent from 2011-2016.

Frost & Sullivan reveals that nearly 80 percent of Indian business enterprises have reported data theft through online hacking and 90 percent of Indian companies have placed IT security as their priority investment domain. The report states that the cost of computer crimes has reached a whopping USD 10 billion – India is ranked fifth in terms of e- commerce security breaches.

Sighting this trend and treating Cyber Security awareness as an urgent, need of the hour requirement, EC-Council is launching Code Uncode to strengthen a very important part of every organization- Secure Coding. The aim is to discover talent, methods and ideas; and provide a platform for programmers to demonstrate their coding abilities; encouraging development in this part of information security and raise awareness towards increased education and ethics in information security.

“The number of security professionals in India is expanding at an amazing rate and we’re looking forward to giving that community the right talent in secure programming which is a vital part of security,” said Akash Agarwal, Country Manager, EC-Council India. “I’m pleased that India will host the first ever Code Uncode by EC Council and I’m confident that India’s programmers will be able to showcase their exceptional skills at the event”, he added.

EC-Council backed with their vast experience in global competitions and conferences like Hacker Halted, TakeDownCon and Global Cyberlympics, is bringing the global movement and trend to India through Code Uncode.

For more information about Code Uncode 2013, visit www.eccouncil.org/codeuncode.
For more information about EC-Council, visit http://www.eccouncil.org/about_us.aspx

About EC-Council

EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants) is one of the world’s largest certification bodies for Information Security professionals. EC-Council is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various information security and e-business skills. It has been certified by American National Standards Institute to meet its ANSI 17024 standard. It is the owner and creator of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and as well as many others programs. These programs are offered in over 92 countries and over have trained over 120,000 & certified more than 60,000 security professionals through a training network of over 500 training partners globally.

Individuals who have achieved EC-Council certifications include those from some of the finest organizations around the world such as the US Army, the FBI, Microsoft, IBM and the United Nations.


XSS Vulnerabilities Can Affect Embedded Browsers in Mobile Apps

A security researcher has noted that the use of embedded browsers in mobile applications can make those applications vulnerable to cross site scripting attacks. Developers of mobile software have found it can be effective to embed a smartphone operating system’s web browser and then create their user interface using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The user interface is then more portable to other devices and is easier to customise using CSS. But this convenience comes at a cost. Researcher Kyle Osborn, who is presenting his findings at TakedownCon, found that some developers don’t clean the data being sent to their HTML-based user interface.  Read more…


Mobile Security at TakeDownCon: Hackers Handing Out a Healthy Dose of Paranoia”

Smartphones are mini-computers packed with financial and personal info, but even though folks can use their mobile devices for everything from paying bills to GPS, it’s a bit confusing when wondering why folks don’t consider mobile security. To ignore the need for mobile security is a bit like choosing to run a computer without any regard to security precautions. Not wise at all. Even without any malicious intent by app developers, many are not concerned about security; their apps may ask for overreaching access permissions.

Mobile and wireless security news is pouring out of TakeDownCon in Las Vegas. During the keynote presentation, Moxie Marlinspike said “mobile malware detection should be done by the app stores” and “Google has done the absolute bare minimum to secure the Android platform.” Marlinspike tweeted, “Half way through my talk at TakeDownCon this morning, I realized it included some minor Android 0day we hadn’t reported.”  Read more…


Researcher demos threat of “transparent” smartphone botnets

In a presentation at TakeDownCon in Las Vegas today, security researcher Georgia Weidman demonstrated how malware on smartphones could be used to create smartphone “botnets” that could be used in the same way as PC botnets, providing hackers with a way to insert code between the operating system’s security layers and the cell network. In an interview with Ars Technica, Weidman said that the approaches used by Carrier IQ developers to create phone monitoring software could be adopted by hackers as well to create botnets that could silently steal users’ data, or send data without users’ knowledge. “From what I’ve seen in Carrier IQ, they just didn’t think about what they were going to do,” Weidman said. “But malware writers are going to take advantage of those techniques.


Google Earth, other mobile apps leave door open for scripting attacks

In the rush to create mobile apps that work across the leading smartphones and tablets, many developers have leaned heavily on web development tools and use embedded browsers as part of their packaged applications. But security researchers have shown that relying on browser technology in mobile apps—and even some desktop apps—can result in hidden vulnerabilities in those applications that can give an attacker access to local data and device features through cross-site scripting.

At today’s TakeDownCon security conference in Las Vegas, researcher Kyle Osborn will present some examples of cross-site scripting attacks that he and colleagues have discovered on mobile devices. “XSS is generally considered to be a browser attack,” Osborn said in an interview with Ars Technica. But many applications, he said, such as those built with cross-platform mobile-development tools like PhoneGap, use HTML rendering to handle display of data. If applications aren’t properly coded, it’s possible for JavaScript or other web-based attacks to be injected into them through externally-provided data. “Often, there are times when you can just make a JavaScript request and pull files from the local filesystem,” he said. Read more…


TakeDownCon Las Vegas Hosts Leading Industry Experts on Mobile Threats

As mobile and wireless devices and technology slowly become ubiquitous to our daily lives, their security is an area we cannot afford to ignore. TakeDownCon Las Vegas will be the platform where critical issues surrounding mobile and wireless security, are discussed and debated.

December 1, 2011 – Top ethical hackers from across the US will unveil the latest threats to mobile devices at next week’s TakeDownCon security conference in Las Vegas. TakeDownCon is the highly technical IT Security conference series designed by EC-Council that first launched this May in Dallas.

“The focus of TakeDownCon Las Vegas is on mobile and wireless security and we have assembled an all-star cast of leading cybersecurity minds who will be presenting cutting-edge vulnerabilities from mobile cross-site scripting to smartphone botnets, mobile application exploits and Android viruses,” said Leonard Chin, Conference Director for TakeDownCon. “Mobile devices pose one of the most significant and growing threats to corporate IT security and our speakers will be addressing a number of critical security management issues that are highly relevant for today’s businesses.” Read more…


EC-Council to Host Highly Technical IT Security Conference Focusing on Mobile & Wireless Security

As mobile and wireless devices and technology slowly become ubiquitous to our daily lives, its security is an area we cannot afford to ignore. TakeDownCon Las Vegas will be the platform where critical issues surrounding mobile and wireless security, are discussed and debated.

TakeDownCon, the highly technical IT security conference series designed EC-Council which was first launched in Dallas in May, is making its second appearance, this time in Las Vegas.

To be held at the magnificent M Resort Spa Casino from December 2 – 7, TakeDownCon Las Vegas will focus purely on mobile and wireless security. This highly technical conference will feature cutting edge presentations and demonstrations revolving around mobile and wireless security, from leading information security professionals and subject matter experts.

“The world is witnessing the evolution of mobile and wireless devices turning into a general-purpose computing platform. These devices and technology has become ubiquitous to our daily lives,” said Jay Bavisi, president of EC-Council. He adds, “As mobile devices grow in popularity, it has become more prominent targets for criminals. We hope to create a platform where critical issues surrounding the integrity of mobile and wireless security are discussed and debated.”

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Rave Reviews about TakeDownCon Dallas 2011

The reviews are in from the EC-Council’s Take Down Con in Dallas a few weeks ago. We had the chance to speak to some presenters, instructors and attendees and the feedback is unanimous. The conference was a success. The conference was created to be a technical skill set leader in the field of pentesting and hacking, and it achieved that goal.

Other conferences in the security space often carry too little high level tech presentations and instruction. They often offer blanket presentations that are more geared for beginners. The few conferences out there now that are geared for the higher level security professional are very expensive and have recently received some mixed reviews, but Take Down Con blew them all away!

For more information on this, please visit “http://certified-ethical-hacker.com/2011/06/06/ec-councils-take-down-con-is-huge-success/“.