EC-Council Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) Debuts in the Middle East

EC-Council Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) Debuts in the Middle East
August 11, 2011 EC-Council

PRWeb Summary: EC-Council’s ( Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) debuted in the Middle East in late July with two back-to-back courses on Advanced Penetration Testing, coordinated by Formatech’s Lebanon training center. The CAST Advanced Penetration Testing training is an intense three-day technical training course that teaches experienced information security professionals how to pen-test highly secured environments like government agencies and financial institutions. Roughly 80 percent of the class involves hands-on hacking labs.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – EC-Council’s new elite training program, the Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST), recently debuted in the Middle East with two back-to-back classes in Advanced Penetration Testing in late July in Lebanon.

The CAST classes were held July 26-28 and July 29 – August 2, coordinated by EC-Council training partner Formatech, through its training center in Beirut, Lebanon. Both the Advanced Penetration Testing courses were led by CAST Master Joe McCray and were attended by a total of 30 information security professionals from around the region.“CAST is committed to providing advanced information security training in the Middle East, which we foresee exponential growth in demand for such training ifor some time to come,” said Leonard Chin, Director of CAST. “It is very encouraging to receive very good responses from the participants in our first-ever Middle East CAST training class, and plans for more of such offerings are already underway.”
The 30 information security professionals who completed CAST’s Advanced Penetration Testing course gained invaluable experience in pen-testing a high security network, like those used by government agencies and financial institutions. Specifically, they learned how to move around the network without being detected by IDS/IPS, how to circumvent common security implementations such as Locked, and how to down desktops, GPOs, IDS/IPS/WAF, etc.Formatech is a leading training center in Lebanon since 1995, offering computer and IT training courses to companies and individuals. (I will put in Formatech’s boilerplate here)

CAST is holding an inaugural summit in Washington, D.C. August 22-25. The CAST Summit will offer advanced penetration testing, advanced network defense training, digital mobile forensics training and cryptography training. The summit concludes with a keynote address by two renowned cybersecurity and cyber terrorism experts, Jeff Bardin and Richard Stiennon, and a series of lectures directly from CAST’s elite trainers. For more information on the CAST Summit, please visit


The Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) was developed by EC-Council (, in conjunction with cybersecurity experts, to address the need for highly technical and advanced security training for information security professionals. Instructed by EC-Council’s select group of master trainers, CAST offers hands-on, lab intensive courses that cover the security industry’s top domains, including advanced penetration testing training, digital mobile forensics training, advanced application security training, advanced network defense training, advanced social engineering training, web application security training, and more. CAST is hosted at various international events, including the CAST Summit, as well as EC-Council’s flagship Hacker Halted conference series. More information about CAST is available at


The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members.

EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted information security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information about EC-Council is available at