EC-Council Certifications Training
The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants, popularly known as the EC-Council, is a provider of certifications in IT security. The professional association counts the most widely recognized security credentials as its own, leading with the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification program.
Understanding hacking techniques can be the best defense against network security breaches. EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker credential trains security pros to find and eliminate system vulnerabilities.
From the people who bring you the Certified Ethical Hacker credential, the Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator cert arms information security professionals with the tools and techniques to prosecute cybercriminals.
EC-Council: An overview
EC-Council is recognized worldwide as the leading organization for IT security and e-commerce certification and training. The organization is relatively young; founded after the 9/11/01 attacks. A heightened demand for qualified and credentialed information security experts lead to the creation of the EC-Council, and nearly a decade later, over 80,000 people have been trained and more than 30,000 security professionals certified.
EC-Council serves the IT and e-commerce sector with a series of professional development resources:
- EC-Council certifications: EC-Council's 16 credentials cover different aspects of information security, from disaster recovery and virtualization to VoIP security.
- EC-Council training: Options include online and classroom training courses, computer-based training programs, books and practice exams. There are currently over 450 training centers in more than 70 countries.
- EC-Council University: This private higher education institution based in New Mexico, offers programs at the master's degree level in IT security and information technology.
- EC-Council professional resources: The Hacker Halted conferences, workshops and Hacker Journals support ideas exchange and networking among security professionals.
Together, EC-Council's programs offer a comprehensive source for continuing education and networking for security industry professionals.
EC-Council certifications cover 16 areas of information security. Security professionals can choose among entry-level credentials such as Security5 and Wireless5 or an array of specialist certifications. All programs are vendor neutral.
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is EC-Council's flagship certification. The program trains security professionals in the tools and techniques of underground hackers. CEH certification is useful for security officers, auditors, site administrators and other workers involved in ensuring the integrity of network infrastructure. According to the 2011 Salary Survey by Global Knowledge, Certified Ethical Hackers earn a median salary of $92,200. CEH ranks as one of Certification Magazine's Top Certifications by Salary.
Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) training and certification covers the skills necessary to conduct a systematic identification of evidence in computer-related crime cases. Investigation methods include tracing the tracks of a hacker through a client's system, tracing the originator of defamatory email and recovering signs of fraud. CHFI certification is useful for law enforcement specialists, defense and military security experts, e-business security professionals, legal cyber forensics specialists and systems administrators.
Other EC-Council certifications include:
- EC-Council Certified Security Analyst
- Licensed Penetration Tester
- EC-Council Network Security Administrator
- EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer
- EC-Council Certified VoIP Professional
- Disaster Recovery and Virtualization
- Certified Network Defense Architect
- EC-Council Certified Incident Handler
- EC-Council Certified Security Specialist
- Certified EC-Council Sales Specialist
- Certified EC-Council Instructor
EC-Council certifications have earned endorsements from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the Montgomery GI Bill. The U.S. Department of Defense requires that its computer network defender service providers complete the EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker program. Some of the organizations that teach EC-Council training programs include the Air Force Information Operations Center, Naval Post Graduate School, McAfee University and Carnegie Mellon.
Security is among the most high-demand specialties in information technology today. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies information security as an area of particular growth within network and computer systems administration. EC-Council certifications offer professionals a resource for developing advanced skills and advancing their careers in IT security.