May 15, 2011 EC-Council

Amsterdam May 15th , 2011,:  Netherlands-based ECABO, a Centre of Expertise on Vocational Education, Training, and the Labour Market, has implemented EC-Council’s certifications into their ICT training program.  This integration of standard education with industry required certifications represents a breakthrough in education.

“You can’t take ICT training seriously if it doesn’t contain the security element“, says Hans Blankendaal, of ECABO.  “It’s crucial that we incorporate security certifications within a solid ICT curriculum as determined by the Dutch government.  There’s no doubt that businesses prefer educated students who have complemented their skills with industry standard certifications.  We’ve made a breakthrough in education, by incorporating EC-Council’s certifications into our ICT training, giving students an all-in-one solution.”

This collaboration better prepares students for the Dutch labour market, and ECABO continues to advise groups like the Dutch Regional Training Center (ROC), in order to determine the needs and wants of the market, and how to better align ROC’s students for them.

Added Vice President of EC-Council, Sean Lim, “ECABO’s move is strategic and visionary and will make important contributions in the Dutch market.  ECABO has begun a thrust of producing IT professionals with a keen sense of information security skills which is lacking not only in this market but across the global markets.  We look forward to working closely with ECABO to bring our latest content and technology to the Dutch market.”

With ECABO’s integration of EC-Council’s certifications, security can no longer be denied on the Dutch market.  EC-Council is a worldwide leader in cybersecurity training and certification, operating in over 80 countries and providing education through its network of over 450 training partners.  “We are working hard to make sure training institutes are aware of what is taking place on the Dutch market, in regards to security.  Despite their knowledge and awareness of the important of security, many institutes are just not integrating security into their training programs,” says Gerard Smak, EC-Council representative in the Netherlands. “We aim to change that, and this cooperative effort with ECABO definitely marks a change.”

ECABO is the ‘Centre of Expertise on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market’ for the economic/administrative, ICT and security professions.  ECABO works for the entire range of vocational training. ECABO focuses attention on the levels VMBO (lower secondary vocational education), MBO (senior secondary vocational education) and HBO (higher vocational education), in order to ensure that students are able to achieve the best possible educational level without having to deal with unnecessary impediments in the course of their education.  ECABO’s objective is professional training that matches up optimally to the demands of the labour market. For this reason, ECABO has taken on the role of a bridge between trade and industry and vocational training. ECABO does this by means of a wide range of services; these include the development and maintenance of the national qualification profiles for MBO education, ensuring that there are sufficient good quality work placements available in industry, and supporting educational establishments when they are setting examinations, for example via a test paper database.

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity 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) certification. EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members. Its certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 84 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