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The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council)

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-supported professional organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills. The EC-Council is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]

The EC-Council is known primarily as a professional certification body. It is the owner and creator of the world-famous[citation needed] Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), along with other cybersecurity credentials, such as Certified Network Defender (C|ND), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), among many others that are offered in over 145 countries globally. It also operates a series of IT security conferences, such as Hacker Halted, Global CyberLympics, and Takedowncon.


The EC-Council is best known for its professional certifications for the IT security field. It offers numerous certifications in a variety of fields related to IT security, including disaster recovery, software security, digital forensics, and general IT security knowledge.[2]

EC-Council has certified over 220,000 security professionals, including those from some of the finest organizations around the world such as the U.S. Army, the FBI, Microsoft, IBM, and the United Nations.

Many of these certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA), and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). Moreover, the United States Department of Defense has included the C|EH program into its Directive 8570 making it one of the mandatory standards to be achieved by Computer Network Defenders Service Providers (C|ND-SP).

IT Security Professional Certifications[edit]

Security Awareness Building Certifications[edit]

Certified Secure Computer User (C|SCU)

Fundamental Certifications[edit]

EC-Council Certified Encryption Specialist (E|CES)

EC-Council Certified Security Specialist (E|CSS)

Core Certifications[edit]

Certified Network Defender (C|ND)

Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH)

Certified Ethical Hacker (Practical)

EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)

EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (Practical)

Certified Network Defense Architect (C|NDA)

Specialist Certifications[edit]

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI)

EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (E|CIH)

EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (E|DRP)

Certified Application Security Engineer (C|ASE) (Java and .NET)

Advanced Security Certifications[edit]

Licensed Penetration Tester (L|PT) (Master)

Advanced Network Defense (CAST 614)

Security Management Certifications[edit]

EC-Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)

EC-Council University (ECCU)[edit]

EC-Council University (ECCU) was incorporated in Wyoming in 2003, licensed by the New Mexico Higher Education Department in 2006, and is accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and CHEA. The institution was created to educate and train information security professionals.

The EC-Council University, sister company to EC-Council, offers master's degrees in Security Science (MSS) and graduate certificates. The EC-Council University was founded in 2006 and is licensed by the state of New Mexico and is accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and CHEA.

ECCU Programs[edit]

At the moment, ECCU offers three programs:

Masters of Science in Cyber Security (MSCS)[edit]

The ECCU MSCS program prepares information security professionals to assume cybersecurity and assurance leadership roles in corporations, agencies, and organizations.

Our MSCS Specializations:

  • Security Analyst
  • Enterprise Security Architect
  • Digital Forensics
  • Incident Management and Business Continuity
  • Executive Leadership in Information Assurance

Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security (BSCS)[edit]

The ECCU BSCS program prepares students to obtain knowledge for careers in cyber security and assurance. The program consists of topical areas dealing with computer security management, incident response, and security threat assessment, which requires students to be creators of knowledge and inventors of processes, not merely users of information. Additionally, students will receive instruction in leadership and management in preparation for becoming managers and directors.

EC-Council University’s Graduate Certificate Program[edit]

EC-Council University's Graduate Certificate Program focuses on the competencies necessary for Cyber Security professionals to become managers, directors, and CIOs. Each certificate targets skills and understandings specific to particular roles in the IT security framework of an organization. The certificates can be taken singly or as multiples up to a set of five–each building across knowledge domains from IT practitioner skill levels to IT executive skill levels.

  • Information Security Professional
  • Security Analyst
  • Enterprise Security Architect
  • Digital Forensics
  • Incident Management and Business Continuity
  • Executive Leadership in Information Assurance

According to EC-Council, the MSCS program attracted more than 150 candidates for its initial class, only six of whom were accepted. Users are required to take courses in ethical hacking and countermeasures, computer forensics and network intrusion detection. Candidates must then complete six electives to qualify for the degree along with a master's thesis, with the option to choose courses from a list that includes secure network management, security analysis and vulnerability assessment, cyberlaw, principles of e-business security, disaster recovery, project management, penetration testing, secure programming, and wireless networking.[3][4]

EC-Council Events[edit]

EC-Council also hosts a multitude of IT security conferences globally, bringing together top cybersecurity professionals to help create awareness, share ideas, and bridge the growing gaps in the industry.

Hacker Halted[edit]

Hacker Halted is a global series of Computer and Information Security conferences presented by EC-Council. The objective of the Hacker Halted conferences is to raise international awareness towards increased education and ethics in IT Security. Also, present at Hacker Halted is EC-Council's H@cker Halted | Academy, trainings and workshops led by EC-Council instructors and trainers.

Global CyberLympics[edit]

Global CyberLympics is an international online cyber security competition, dedicated to finding the top computer network defense teams. This event tests the skills of information assurance professionals in teams of 4 to 6 people in the areas of ethical hacking, computer network defense and computer forensics. Each round serves as an elimination round until only winning teams remain. The top winning teams from every continent get invited to play the game live in person at the world finals.

Other Events[edit]

  • Takedowncon
  • Global CISO Forum
  • Other CISO Events

EC-Council Global Services[edit]

The EC-Council Global Services division houses some of the finest information-security professionals around the globe.

It is a division that is dedicated to help organizations understand and manage their cyber-security risk posture effectively. We specialize in developing information security knowledge, methodologies, and policies pertaining to information security consulting and managed services. EC-Council's proprietary Licensed Penetration Testing methodology is tried, tested, and endorsed by thousands of penetration testers and information security experts across the globe, many of whom are working for Fortune 500 companies.

We help our clients make informed business decisions in order to apply their resources to protect their organization. We have over 20 dedicated cyber-security practice areas informed by the best cyber-security practitioners, each of whom have dedicated their lives to defending organizations from cyber-attacks.

Enterprises hire us as their trusted advisors and our philosophy of “Client First” permeates through the entire organization, even in the most demanding of times.

Accreditations and Recognitions[edit]

Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) & National Security Agency (NSA)[edit]

EC-Council was honored at the 13th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) when its Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Disaster Recovery Professional (E|DRP), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) and Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) courseware was certified to have met the 4012 (Senior System Managers), 4013A (System Administrators), 4014 (Information Systems Security Officers), 4015 (Systems Certifiers) and 4016 (Information Security Risk Analyst) training standards for information security professionals in the federal government. The CNSS is a federal government entity under the U.S. Department of Defense that provides procedures and guidance for the protection of national security systems.

Department of Defense (DoD)[edit]

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) program is formally integrated into the certification for United States Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. C|EH is now required for the DoD's computer network defenders (C|ND's) – C|ND Analyst, C|ND Infrastructor Support, C|ND Incident Responder, and C|ND Auditor.

The C|ND groups protect, monitor, analyze, detect and respond to unauthorized activity within DoD information system and computer networks. With this directive, military service, contractors, and foreign employees across all job descriptions must show 100-percent compliance with the new Certified Ethical Hacker training requirement by 2011.

National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF)[edit]

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI) programs have been accepted into National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) Infocomm professionals competency requirement list. In addition to the inclusion, Infocomm professionals training to be certified for the EC-Council programs at NICF accredited training centers, will be entitled to receive partial funding from Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Program (CITREP) upon certification completion.

NICF determines the skills and competencies; and develops training strategies for Infocomm professionals to build a niche Infocomm workforce in Singapore. CITREP is a training incentive program that assists Infocomm professionals with funding to gain recognized and specialized skills.

US Department of Veterans Affairs[edit]

The Department of Veterans Affairs has included EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI), and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) under its GI Bill for the reimbursement of test fees for veterans and other eligible persons in accordance with the provisions of PL 106-4

Malaysian Military Cyber Security Warfare Department (KOMLEK)[edit]

The Malaysian Military Cyber Security Warfare Department (KOMLEK) has stipulated their military professionals to be C|EH & C|HFI Certified as part of their Cyber Warfare Training Program (CPS).


  1. ^ "Contact us". EC-Council. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  2. ^ "Cengage Learning - Learning solutions, training and educational publishing". Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  3. ^ "About EC-Council University". EC-Council University. Retrieved 2017-05-01.

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