United States Department of Defense Embraces Hacker Certification to Protect U.S. Interests

United States Department of Defense Embraces Hacker Certification to Protect U.S. Interests
March 4, 2010 EC-Council

ALBUQUERQUE NM, March 1, 2010 – EC-Council announces the official approval of the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification as a new baseline skills certification option for U.S.cyber defenders. Specifically, the new Certified Ethical Hacker program is a recognized certification for the DoD’s computer network defense Service Providers (CND-SP’s), a specialized personnel classification within the United States Department of Defense’s information assurance workforce.

The Certified Ethical Hacker recognition falls under the auspices of DoD Directive 8570 Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. Directive 8570 provides clear guidance to information assurance training, certification and workforce management across all affected components of the DoD.

The CND-SP groups protect, monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity within DoD information systems and computer networks.

With this directive, military service, contractors, and foreign employees across all job descriptions must show 100-percent compliance, CEH being one option to achieve and maintain compliance. This shows the DoD’s focus on increasing training and preparation of the U.S. military workforce in the Computer Network Defense Service Provider category.

The Certified Ethical Hacker qualification tests the certification holder’s knowledge in the mindset, tools and techniques of a hacker, fortifying it’s certification tag line: “To beat a hacker, you must think like one.”

“CEH has been selected due to the immense technical and tactical nature of the certification,” said Jay Bavisi, co-founder and president of EC-Council. “It is one of the most technically advanced certifications on the directive for CND-SP professionals. In fact, it is the only certification approved across four out of the five categories to prepare the CNDSP teams. While other policy-based programs add value, CEH prepares the U.S. CND-SP’s to combat hackers in real time, defending U.S. interests globally.”

Bavisi added: “We have been researching this space for quite some time and with this directive from the DoD, there has never been a better time for us to beat the hackers at their own game. We are racing to research complex hacker techniques and in the next release of our CEH program, we hope to showcase in over 150 modules, detailed and extremely complex attack and countermeasures that will help raise the level of knowledge of the CND-SP teams.”


  • CEH is now formally integrated into the certification options for U.S. DoD IA Workforce via Change 2 of Directive 8570.
  • CEH is now recognized for CND Analyst, CND Infrastructure Support, CND Incident Responder, and CND Auditor as defined by Directive 8570, Change 2
  • Change 2 for DoD Directive 8570 was signed on February 25th at
  • http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/857001m.pdf, then retracted from the DTIC web site for administrative updates. There will not be any content changes, however, the official date of approval may change. The updated Change 2 document will be re-posted to http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/dir.html
  • More information about EC-Council and Directive 8570 can be found at https://www.eccouncil.org/about_us/dod_8570.aspx


The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

EC-Council has trained over 60,000 individuals and certified more than 22,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, 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 security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For more information about EC-Council, visit the website: www.eccouncil.org.