Certified Network Defender (CND) Available Now

Certified Network Defender (CND) Available Now
September 29, 2016 EC-Council
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EC-Council, creator of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Announces Certified Network Defender – a new certification program designed specifically to teach network administrators cyber security skills.

Reports have shown for quite some time that there is a tremendous shortage of skilled professionals in the cyber security industry. Cisco reports this as a 6-figure shortage in capable individuals. EC-Council has had the unique advantage of working with governments around the world as well as corporations from the Fortune 500 all the way to small, individual consultant businesses and have seen the effects of this shortage first-hand. Looking closely at the problem, EC-Council determined that the industry actually has a different problem than previously thought and the solution to the problem is readily accessible.

Since the early 1990s, extremely capable and specialized security teams have been formed and trained around the world. As cyber security became the responsibility of these increasingly specialized teams, a major sector of IT workers was essentially left behind, relegated to basic admin duties. There are millions of network and system administrators working across the globe with great technical skills but little to no formal training in cyber security. These individuals can act as a force multiplier to bolster the ranks of specialized security teams and dedicated executive leaders in information security.

With this philosophy in mind, EC-Council got to work. EC-Council teams began Job Task Analysis committees to determine where the gaps were in a typical network admin or system admin position. The idea was to discover how much information security a typical network or system admin handles. Next, the committees worked to discover what skills the typical admin would need to work on “Blue Teams” or as cyber analysts or cyber network operators. Based on this research, the Certified Network Defender (CND) was born.


This program is intended to immerse a typical network or systems administrator in the world of hackers and cyber defense via the following domains of CND:

Module 01 Computer Network and Defense Fundamentals
Module 02 Network Security Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Attacks
Module 03 Network Security Controls, Protocols, and Devices
Module 04 Network Security Policy Design and Implementation
Module 05 Physical Security
Module 06 Host Security
Module 07 Secure Firewall Configuration and Management
Module 08 Secure IDS Configuration and Management
Module 09 Secure VPN Configuration and Management
Module 10 Wireless Network Defense
Module 11 Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis
Module 12 Network Risk and Vulnerability Management
Module 13 Data Backup and Recovery
Module 14 Network Incident Response and Management
The training and certification are recommended for operations personnel who although do not have security as their primary job function, need an understanding of cyber security core principles and practices. EC-Council recommends that companies facing a shortage of qualified security practitioners or companies that cannot afford to hire specialized information security professionals consider adding information security duties to their existing system and network administrator job roles. The fastest way to accomplish this would be to send their employees to the only program on the market designed to teach network and system administrator information security skills: CND.


About EC-Council

EC-Council has been the world’s leading information security certification body since the launch of their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world’s first global hacking competition. EC-Council Foundation also hosts a suite of conferences across the US and around the world including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, TakeDownCon, and CISO Summit.

For more information about EC-Council, please see www.eccouncil.org.

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