EC-Council Names World’s Best Certified Ethical Hackers on its Global Leaderboard

Summary: A global rank of the world’s best ethical hackers has been announced by EC-Council. Each of those ranked went beyond just the knowledge-based Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam, challenging their hands-on skills through the rigorous 6-hour CEH Practical.

Albuquerque, NM; November 1, 2019 – EC-Council, the leading global information security certification body, today announced the launch of the Global Ethical Hacking Leaderboard. The leaderboard will celebrate some of the most accomplished CEHs around the world. Organizations with cybersecurity teams that have a keen eye for the best talent across the world will be able to benchmark the capability of their teams against the absolute best.

The CEH credential is recognized as the gold standard of ethical hacking. Established in 2003, the CEH program is the world’s first and longest-running pure ethical hacking certification. Launched in 2018, the CEH Practical takes the concept of the standard CEH program several notches higher. Hackers who manage to earn both these credentials are ultimately awarded the title of a CEH Master.

“These professionals were subjected to the highest standards of testing in the field of ethical hacking via challenges posed by EC-Council. Only a limited number of Ethical Hackers have managed to make the leaderboard as competition is intense. The incorporation of weighted scoring components of both score and time to complete the challenges makes life harder. Only the absolute best make it to the leaderboard”, said Jay Bavisi, Group CEO of EC-Council.

The launch of the Ethical Hacking Leaderboard is an effort to recognize the remarkable capabilities of ethical hackers with practical skills. Any EC-Council member holding at least a CEH v8 certifiecation along with a CEH Practical is eligible to compete. Making it to the Leaderboard however requires more than passing the CEH Master challenges. It rates Ethical Hackers based on their speed, proficiency, and understanding of the concepts, and of course on how they react when faced with nerve-wracking situations.

“This idea was long overdue. It’s built like an Olympic scoreboard. You could play for pride or recognition. This program is all about highlighting the fact that knowledge is power only if it is applied! The Leaderboard is an immense source of talent for enterprises” added Jay.

The 16-year-old CEH program has enthralled the cybersecurity community worldwide, gaining the respect and acceptance of various cyber defense forces, making it a part of cybersecurity “pop culture.”

The CEH program is recognized by the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, USAF, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), British National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and many other elite defense bodies. About half of Fortune 500 enterprises have CEHs as part of their cybersecurity teams. The CEH Practical is a skills-oriented exam meant to test the skills taught in the CEH program. It is a 6-hour intensive real-life, scenario-based challenge that requires candidates to demonstrate the application of ethical hacking techniques such as threat vector identification, network scanning, OS detection, vulnerability analysis, system hacking, web app hacking, etc. to solve a security audit challenge.

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 also hosts conferences across the US and around the world, including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, and CISO Summit. For more information about EC-Council, please see

EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world’s first global hacking competition. To learn more about EC-Council Foundation, please see

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