About EC-Council

About EC-Council

  International Council of E-Commerce Consultants

History of the EC-Council Company

The September 9/11 Attacks on the World Trade Center ignited a very important question in the heart of the founder of EC–Council – Jay Bavisi.

Shortly after the attacks, they researched the web for “Information Security” programs that would be able to provide Information Security professionals with the necessary tools and education that will help them avert a cyber war, should the need ever arise.

The results returned from the research were disappointing and that motivated them to form the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants, known as the EC-Council.

They soon gained the support of subject matter experts from all over the world that eventually led to the creation of various standards and certifications both in the electronic commerce and information security space.


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  EC-Council - Owner and Creator of CEH, CHFI, ECSA, LPT certification, training programs in information security

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various information security and e-business skills. EC-Council 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, that are offered in over 92 countries through a training network of more than 500 training partners globally.


As of June, 2015 EC-Council has trained over 324,000 individuals and certified more than 180,000 security professionals. Many of these certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). And the United States Department of Defense has included the CEH program into its Directive 8570, making it as one of the mandatory standards to be achieved by Computer Network Defenders Service Providers (CND-SP)



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 has also been featured in internationally acclaimed publications and media including Fox Business News, CNN, The Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Gazette and The Economic Times as well as in online publications such as the ABC News, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Boston and Gulf News.



EC-Council is the owner of the Hacker Halted conference and workshop series, which had been organized in international cities such as Miami, Myrtle Beach, Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mexico City, among others. Hacker Halted features renowned international speakers who are experts in the field of information security. The objective of Hacker Halted conference series is to raise international awareness towards increased education and ethics in information security.


EC-Council University is a 100 percent online degree program designed to provide students with a solid foundation in information security, enabling students to access classes from any location in the world and at any time. The University is a fully licensed degree granting institution that offers a Master’s of Security Science degree; for more information please visit them at www.eccuni.us.

Currently, EC-Council is supporting the International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) that is a partner organization of the United Nations/International Telecommunication Union (UN/ITU) to provide training and technical support to governments of its 191 member states.