Become Elite Cyber Defense Responders with EC-Council's E|CIH Certification

Become Elite Cyber Defense Responders with EC-Council’s E|CIH Certification, now Validated by the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 8140 Job Roles 

June 4, 2024
| Incident Handling

In the ever-evolving cybersecurity environment, staying ahead and managing incidents effectively is critical for private organizations and government agencies. The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the importance of having experienced cyber incident handlers, which is why the EC-Council’s Certified Incident Handler (E|CIH) certification has been approved under the DoD Directive 8140, a vital cybersecurity standard for Defense Incident Responders. 531

What is DoD 8140?

DoD Directive 8140, formerly known as DoD 8570, establishes a framework for the training, certification, and management of DoD cybersecurity personnel. This policy ensures that personnel are adequately trained and certified to protect and defend DoD information systems. DoD 8140 is essential to maintaining a resilient and secure defense infrastructure.

The Importance of E|CIH Certification

The EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (E|CIH) certification is designed for cybersecurity professionals who handle and respond to security incidents within an organization. The E|CIH certification focuses on the essential skills and knowledge to manage incidents, recover from security breaches, and mitigate damage.

Key areas covered in the E|CIH certification include:

  1. Incident Response and Management: Understand the lifecycle from preparation to identification, containment, remediation, recovery, and lessons learned.
  2. Threats and Vulnerabilities: Identify and mitigate different cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
  3. Forensic Analysis: Conduct a forensic investigation to determine the incident’s root cause.
  4. Incident Recovery: Develop and implement a recovery plan to restore affected systems and services.
  5. Communication and reporting: Communicate incident information and response strategies directly to stakeholders.

Below DoD job roles updated as on May 27th 2024.

EC-Council Certification DoD 8140 Approved Work Roles
Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH)
  • 111 – All-Source Analyst
  • 141 – Warning Analyst
  • 511 – Cyber Defense Analyst
  • 531 – Cyber Defense Incident Responder
  • 541 – Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
  • 661 – Research & Development Specialist
  • 111 – All-Source Analyst
  • 141 – Warning Analyst
  • 511 – Cyber Defense Analyst
  • 531 – Cyber Defense Incident Responder
  • 541 – Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
  • 661 – Research & Development Specialist
  • 611 – Authorizing Official/Designating Representative
  • 722 – Information Systems Security Manager
  • 723 – COMSEC Manager
  • 731 – Cyber Legal Advisor
  • 801 – Program Manager
  • 802 – IT Project Manager
  • 803 – Product Support Manager
  • 804 – IT Investment/Portfolio Manager
  • 805 – IT Program Auditor
  • 211 – Forensics Analyst
  • 212 – Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst
  • 221 – Cyber Crime Investigator
  • 511 – Cyber Defense Analyst
  • 521 – Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist
  • 531 – Cyber Defense Incident Responder
  • 531 – Cyber Defense Incident Responder

Why is this agreement important? 

Including the E|CIH certificate in Department of Defense directive 8140 demonstrates the high level and relevance of the training provided by the EC Directorate. Here’s why this agreement is essential:  

  1. Leveling of Skills: This ensures that Department of Defense personnel and contractors involved in incident response have the highest training, skills, and training.  
  2. Standardization of Skills: It ensures that DoD personnel and contractors involved in incident response have standardized, high-quality training and expertise. 
  3. Enhanced Readiness: With the E|CIH certification, cyber defense incident responders are better prepared to handle and mitigate security incidents, thereby strengthening the overall cybersecurity posture of the DoD. 
  4. Career Advancement: For cybersecurity professionals, this approval means that obtaining an E|CIH certification can open doors to new career opportunities within the DoD and its contractors, as it meets the stringent requirements of the DoD 8140 Directive. 
  5. Improved Security Posture: With more certified professionals equipped with E|CIH training, the DoD can maintain a more resilient and robust defense against cyber threats. 


Approving the EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (E|CIH) certification under DoD 8140 for Cyber Defense Incident Responders marks a significant step forward in the fight against cyber threats. This endorsement highlights the importance of comprehensive training and certification in preparing cybersecurity professionals to manage and respond to incidents effectively. 

For those in the cybersecurity field, particularly those working with or aspiring to work with the Department of Defense, obtaining the E|CIH certification is now a mark of excellence and a strategic career move. As cyber threats evolve, the need for skilled incident responders becomes ever more critical, and certifications like E|CIH ensure that these professionals are ready to meet the challenge. 

Stay tuned for more updates and insights on cybersecurity certifications and industry trends. 


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