EC-Council’s first associate certification series!

Validate entry-level skills in ethical hacking and cyber forensics.

Most Common Uses

Secondary Education (Grades 9-12)

Post Secondary Education (Introductory Cybersecurity Course)

Corporate (Entry Level) Cybersecurity Training

The Mission of EC-Council | Associate

EC-Council and Certiport have combined forces to introduce a fundamental Cybersecurity series focusing on validating introductory offensive (red-team) and defensive (blue-team) skills alike. Our mission of the EC-Council | Associate Series is to validate skills in Ethical Hacking and Cyber Forensics to qualify the strength, skill, and readiness of a professional leading to a career in the highly lucrative Information Security industry. The EC-Council | Associate Series immerses students in a hand’s-on environment (via iLabs) where they work with multiple virtual machines in a cloud-based lab range environment, studying attack and investigative methodologies.

Learn the most popular offensive topics such as Intrusion Detection, Cryptography, Identification-Authentication-Authorization, Ethical Hacking-Pen Testing, and more which lead to the Ethical Hacking Associate (EHA) credential. This course reflects EC-Council’s true model, “To Beat A Hacker… You Need To Think Like A Hacker…” and is was built to also prepare individuals for the globally recognized Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification. Interested in a career in Computer Forensics to investigate sophisticated attacks? Fortify your application knowledge of Incident Response, Cyber Crime, Digital Forensics, Email Crime, and more with the Cyber Forensics Associate (CFA). This course was built to also prepare individuals for the Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) certification.


Ethical Hacking Associate (EHA)

  • Information Security Fundamentals
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Secure Network Protocols
  • Information Security Threats and Attacks
  • Social Engineering
  • Hacking Cycle
  • Identification, Authentication, and Authorization
  • Cryptography
  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion Detection System
  • Data Backup
  • Virtual Private Network
  • Wireless Network Security
  • Web Security
  • Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing


Cyber Forensics Associate (CFA)

  • Computer Forensics Fundamentals
  • Incident Response
  • Digital Evidence
  • Understanding File Systems
  • Windows Forensics
  • Network Forensics and Investigating Network Traffic
  • Stenography
  • Analyzing Logs
  • E-mail Crime and Computer Forensics
  • Writing Investigation Report


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Minimally Qualified Candidates:

These programs will give a holistic overview of the key components of information security, computer forensics, and network security. Qualified entry level students focusing on information technology, computer science, and/or other cybersecurity related domains at the levels of interns or junior level professionals should have a minimum instruction and/or hands on experience of approximately 200 hours. Candidates must be familiar with general network security components and terminology while able to define the capabilities and protocols of each security component while understanding how they work together and relate to the industry. Qualified candidates should have a foundational knowledge of…

  • Information Technology and Network Security
  • Various Network Security Protocols, Threats, Attacks and Countermeasures
  • Ethical Hacking Techniques, Tools, and Cycles
  • Cybercrime Investigation Tactics
  • Incident Response and Report Writing

The minimally qualified candidate will be able to recognize and write investigative reports with diagnostics on the security threats, incidents, and the investigation while addressing the main threat and mitigation. The minimally qualified candidate must also apply knowledge cybersecurity theories and practices to help solve problems in situations where information is scarce. This candidate most frequently works in collaboration with colleagues and under close supervision. This candidate can answer core conceptual questions about Cybersecurity and can answer applied questions relating to certain situations regarding Ethical Hacking and Cyber Forensics, likely referring more advanced questions to others.

Exam & Testing Information

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