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The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is an American organization that offers cybersecurity certification, education, training, and services in various cybersecurity skills. EC-Council is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has certified over 237,000 professionals from 145 countries.[1]


EC-Council was co-founded in 2001 by Haja Mohideen[2] and Jay Bavisi in response to the September 11 attacks to certify professionals who could protect against attacks on electronic commerce.

Haja Mohideen is the creator of popular certification programs such as CEH,[3] [4]CHFI, ECSA/LPT and they launched the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program for white hat hackers in 2003. Instead of founding entirely new schools, EC-Council became a certifier of training courses and exams, mobilizing entrepreneurs in the information security training business. CEH expanded rapidly, and by 2007 CEH courses were offered in more than 60 countries.[5][6]

On February 25, 2010, the United States Department of Defense updated its directive on information security to require its computer network defenders to pass the CEH certification from EC-Council.[7][8] It was chosen by the Pentagon to oversee training of Department of Defense employees who work in computer security-related jobs.[9]

CEH v11[clarification needed] was released in September 2020.[10]


EC-Council offers professional certifications for the IT security field, such as Certified Network Defender (CND), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), and Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI).[11] It also offers certifications in fields related to IT security, including disaster recovery, software security, digital forensics, and general IT security knowledge.

IT Security professional certifications[edit]

  • Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)[12]
  • EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist (ECES)[13]
  • EC-Council Certified Security Specialist (ECSS)[14]
  • Certified Network Defender (CND)[15]
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)[16]
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (Master)[17]
  • Certified Penetration Tester (CPENT)[18]
  • Licensed Penetration Tester (Master)[19]
  • Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA)[20]
  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)[21]
  • EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH)[22]
  • EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP)[23]
  • Certified Application Security Engineer (CASE) (Java and .NET)[24]
  • Certified Blockchain Professional (CBP)[25]
  • Advanced Network Defense (CAST 614)
  • EC-Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)[26]

Services and products[edit]

EC-Council University (ECCU)[edit]

EC-Council University (ECCU) was incorporated in Wyoming in 2003 and was licensed by the New Mexico Higher Education Department in 2006.[27] It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cybersecurity and graduate certificate programs.[28]

EC-Council CodeRed[edit]

EC-Council CodeRed was launched in 2019 as a cybersecurity learning platform with a library of 4,000 video lessons.[29] It provides "microdegrees" on niche technical subjects.[30]

EC-Council Global Services[edit]

EC-Council Global Services (EGS) is the consulting services division of the EC-Council Group. It received CREST membership for its cyber incident response, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment services in 2020.[31][32]

EC-Council Aware[edit]

EC-Council Aware is a cybersecurity training app that was launched in 2020 for iOS and Android.[33]

EC-Council CyberQ[edit]

EC-Council launched its CyberQ platform in 2020. It is a cloud-based cyber range platform that automates the process of using cloud technology to deploy cyber targets.[34]

EC-Council events[edit]

EC-Council hosts various IT security conferences including Hacker Halted, Global CyberLympics, TakeDownCon, and Global CISO Forum.[35][36][37]


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