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EC Council – your questions answered

Do you want to be an ethical hacker? Or perhaps a network defender?

Either way EC Council brings you an array of programmes that can help you get on with your cyber security career. If you want a career that is dynamic, evolving and can take you to heights of success that you’ve dreamed about, EC Council is your perfect option.

With EC Council you will be able to gain a globally acclaimed qualification that paves the way for high end and high demand careers today. They are also one of the most recognised cyber security and information security bodies in the world that maintain the highest standards. This means that you get to be part of a prestigious professionals and gain competitive qualifications at amazingly affordable prices.

On this week’s blog, we will take you through all that you need to know about this acclaimed awarding body and how you can get qualified through them.

The history of EC Council

The EC Council was founded as a part of a rather dreary incident in history that left its mark on all of us. Following the disastrous 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, the founder, Jay Bavisi, was compelled to ask the question ‘what if such an attack happened in the cyber world? What then? Would be have the tools and resources to overcome it?’ at the time, the answer was ‘NO’.

And so began the incorporation of EC Council (International Council of Ecommerce Consultants). It allowed for information security training and certification programmes that would help us survive an otherwise catastrophic cyber-attack. It got the attention and the support of top researchers as well as subject matter experts all around the world rather fast, and went on to launch the first information security programmes known as the Certified Ethical Hacker. With this ever-growing team of subject matter experts and InfoSec researchers, EC-Council continued to build various standards, certifications and training programs in the electronic commerce and information security space.

 

Who are they?

International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council, is the world’s largest cyber security technical certification body. They operate in 145 countries around the world and are the owners and developers of the world-famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Testing (Practical) programs, among others. They have also trained and certified over 200,000 information security professionals globally that have influenced the cyber security mindset of countless organisations worldwide.

They offer certification programmes are recognised worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, and the US Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certifying EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH), Network Security Administrator (ENSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP), Certified Security Analyst (E|CSA) and Licensed Penetration Tester(LPT) program for meeting the 4011, 4012, 4013A, 4014, 4015 and 4016 training standards for information security professionals and most recently EC-Council has received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Why should you choose them?

EC Council is a member-based organisation that provides certifications that have to do with e-business and information security. It is the owner and creator of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT) certifications and many other acclaimed certifications that are offered in over 145 countries globally.

They have also produced more than 220,000 certified professionals and have over 3000 tools and technologies along with more than 350 subject matter experts involved in the development of courses.

Not only is EC Council a great place to learn new skills, but the certification that they offer comes with global recognition that will help build up the career of students who possess it.

Is there a minimum qualification that is needed to take EC Council courses?

This will depend upon the programme that the student wishes to take. For example, students who have a minimum of two years of security-related job experience can apply for approval to take the EC-Council exam. Those without two years of experience will be required to attend training at an accredited training center, through an approved online program, or at an approved academic institution. These requirements have been put in place as it would prepare students better for the examinations and also help to weed out any hobbyists. It also does the very important job of keeping away any malicious hackers.

What is the validity period of certifications from EC Council?

Starting from the 01st January 2009, all the certifications from EC Council will have a validity period of 3 years from the date of certification. In order for the certifications to be renewed, those who have been certified are expected to take on the ECE Programme also known as the EC Council Continuing Education Programme.

What is the overall difficulty of exams and course material?

Because of the fact that EC Council trains professionals in cyber security, their examinations happen to be some of the hardest in the IT world. That said, they do provide comprehensive course material that has been developed by experts which guide students well. just like in the case of any other course, how well you will get through an examination depends upon your commitment to complete your studies and put in the work that is required of you.

How expensive are the courses?

Each course that is offered by EC Council differs in price. In the section  below, we will be taking you through these programmes and you will be able to see what their pricing looks like.

Course details

Global Edulink is an authorised  i-learn partner with EC Council in the UK and as such, a plethora of EC Council courses can be accessed via Global Edulink. Below, is a quick guideline to these programmes.

Certified Network Defender (CND)

Price£1539
Target audienceThis course is suitable for network administrators, network security administrators, network security engineers, CND analysts, security analysts and security operators.
Test formatThe test format is of interactive multiple choice questions. The time duration of the test would be 4 hours.
Minimum entry requirementsLearners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT
Learners must have minimum of 2 years work experience in cyber-security
An understanding of cyber-security fundamentals
Career pathNetwork Security Administrators
Network Administrators
System Administrators
Network Security Engineers
CND Analysts
Security Analysts
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-network-defender-cnd/

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Price£1539
Target audienceThis course will benefit Security Officers, Auditors, Site Administrators and Security Professionals. Additionally, it is suitable for any individual interested in the integrity of network infrastructure.
Test formatThe test format is to answer 125 questions online which are multiple choice. The time duration would be 4 hours.
Minimum entry requirementsLearners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
Learners must have 2 years of work experience in information security.
Career pathSecurity Officers
Security Professionals
Site Administrators
Auditors
More infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-ethical-hacker-ceh-2/

Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst (CTIA)

Price£819
Target audienceThe course is ideal for those who want to become an ethical hackers, security practitioners, engineers, analysts, specialists, managers, researchers and consultants.
Test formatThe test format of the course is to answer 50 multiple choice questions online in 2 hours. The pass mark for the examination is 70% or above.
Minimum entry requirementsLearners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
Learners must have 2 years of work experience in threat intelligence.
Career pathEthical Hackers
Security Practitioners
IT Managers
Researchers
Consultants
Engineers
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-threat-intelligence-analyst-ctia/

Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)

Price£1779
Target audienceThe programme would be most suited to individuals who would like to take on this training that could lead to a variety of career options.
Test formatThe test format for the programme would be to answer 150 multiple choice questions in 2.5 hours, online.
Minimum entry requirementsThe minimum entry requirements would be
Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
Learners must have 5 years of work experience in IS management.
Career pathUpon successful completion, you will receive a certification that is globally acclaimed. You will have the ability to successfully understand information security programmes. You will be able to work as a qualified CCISO professional.
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-chief-information-security-officer-cciso/

EC Council Certified Incident Handler

Price£819
Target audienceThis programme is best suited to those who want to become penetrations testers, risk assessment administrators, network administrators, system administrators and engineers.
Test formatThe test format for the programme consists of 100 multiple choice questions. You will have 3 hours to complete the examination and the pass mark would be 70% or above.
Minimum entry requirementsThe minimum requirement for you to successfully access this programme would be;
Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
Learners must have minimum of 1 year work experience in cyber-security.
Career pathUpon successful completion of the program, you will be able to work towards the following career options.
Penetration Testers
Network Administrators
System Administrators
Engineers
IT Managers
Network Managers
Application Security Engineers
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/ec-council-certified-incident-handler-ecih/

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

Price£1539
Target audienceIf you are an IT professional who is employed or wants to be employed in the fields of computer forensics, information system security and incident response. If you are also somebody who is employed in government agencies, system administration, law enforcement or legal field or as an IT manager, this programme could be beneficial to you.
Test formatThe test format would be to answer 150 multiple choice questions in 4 hours.
Minimum entry requirementsTo qualify for this programme, minimum entry requirements would be;
Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
Learners must have 2 years of work experience in information system security.
Career pathUpon successful completion of the programme, the career options that you could choose from would include;
IT Managers
IT Professionals
Systems Administrators
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/computer-hacking-forensic-investigator-chfi-2/

Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU)

Price£269
Target audienceAnybody who uses a computer can benefit from enroling on this programme.
Test formatThe test format would be to answer 50 questions in the span of 2 hours where your pass mark would be 70% or above.
Minimum entry requirementsIn order to join the programme, you should be 19 years or above with a basic understanding of ICT, Maths and English.
Career pathUpon successful completion of this course, you will have the ability to mitigate cyber risks and develop a better understanding of information security. You will be able to use this programme to have better employability and start building your IT career, based on continued learning.
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-secure-computer-user-cscu/

Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)

Price£1539
Target audienceThis course will benefit Security Officers, Auditors, Site Administrators and Security Professionals. Additionally, it is suitable for any individual interested in the integrity of network infrastructure.
Test formatYou will need to answer 150 multiple questions in 4 hours for a pass mark of 70% or above.
Course scopehttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-security-analyst-ecsa/
Minimum entry requirementsMinimum requirements to access the course;
Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
Learners must have 2 years of work experience in information security.
Career pathUpon successful completion, you will be able to explore the following career paths;
Security Officers
Security Professionals
Site Administrators
Auditors
Tester
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-security-analyst-ecsa/

Disaster Recovery Specialist (EDRP)

Price£1539
Target audienceThis course is designed for IT professionals, disaster recovery consultants, IT risk managers, IT directors and individuals who want to become established in the IT or business fields.
Test formatExamination will consist of 150 multiple choice questions in 4 hours with a pass mark of 70% or above.
Minimum entry requirementsEntry requirements to the course are;
Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
Learners must have 2 years of work experience in business continuity or disaster recovery.
Career pathUpon successful completion the career paths that you could follow are;
IT Risk Managers
IT Professionals
IT Directors
Disaster Recovery Consultants
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/disaster-recovery-professional-edrp/

Certified Application Security Engineer (CSE JAVA)

Price£819
Target audienceThis course will benefit individuals who aspire to become Application Security Engineers, Testers and Analysts. It is also suitable for anyone who wants to be involved in the role of developing, testing, managing and protecting.
Test formatExamination will consist of 50 multiple choice questions in 2 hours with a pass mark of 70% or above.
Minimum entry requirementsTo qualify for the programme;
Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
Learners must have 2 years of work experience in wide areas of applications.
Career pathOnce the course has been completed you will be able to explore careers including;
Application Security Engineers
Analysts
Testers
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-application-security-engineer-case-java/

Certified Blockchain Professional (CBP)

Price£1539
Target audienceThe course is great for
Current and aspiring business tech executives
Professionals who want to understand blockchain technology principles
Full Stack Developers
Test formatThe examination would have 12 sections consisting of 70 multiple choice questions in a span of 1.5 hours. It is a performance based evaluation
Minimum entry requirementsTo qualify for the course, you will need to have the following;
Have a basic and fundamental understanding of cryptocurrencies.
Be proficient at least in one programming language. Blockchain’s API supports six programming languages (Django, Python, HTML, C++JavaScript, Node)
Have relevant experience in transacting with Bitcoin and Ether. This will help you understand organisational needs more effectively.
Career pathOnce you have completed the programme successfully you will be able to build a career as a Blockchain professional which is a career that is currently in high demand.
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/certified-blockchain-professional-cbp/

Dark Web Forensics Deep Dive

Price£1539
Target audienceThe course is ideal for;
Forensic Investigators
Cyber-Security Professionals
Cyber-Crime Investigators
Anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge in cyber-related crimes
Test formatExamination would be done online with multiple choice questions where your result would be processed immediately.
Minimum entry requirementsPrerequisites for the course would include;
This course is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds. However, a sound educational background would be an advantage.
Learners should be ages 18 or over to undertake the qualification.
Basic understanding of English language, literacy, numeracy and ICT are required to attend this course.
Career pathUpon successful completion of the programme, you will have the ability to pursue a career as;
Forensic Investigator
Cyber-Security Professionals
Course scopehttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/dark-web-forensics-deep-dive/

Malware and Memory Forensics Deep Dive

Price£1539
Target audienceThe programme is aimed at;
Forensic Investigators
Cyber-Security Professionals
Cyber-Crime Investigators
Anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge in malware
Test formatExamination would be done online with multiple choice questions where your result would be processed immediately.
Minimum entry requirementsYour entry requirements would include;
This course is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds. However, a sound educational background would be an advantage.
Learners should be ages 18 or over to undertake the qualification.
Basic understanding of English language, literacy, numeracy and ICT are required to attend this course.
Career pathUpon successful completion of the programme, you will have the ability to pursue a career as;
Forensic Investigator
Cyber-Security Professionals
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/malware-and-memory-forensics-deep-dive/

Risk Management Approach and Practices (RM)

Price£1539
Target audienceThe proramme is best suited for
Chief Information Security Officer
Risk Management Professionals
Security Professionals
Anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge in risk management practices
Test formatExamination would be done online with multiple choice questions where your result would be processed immediately.
Minimum entry requirementsYour entry requirements would be;
This course is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds. However, a sound educational background would be an advantage.
Learners should be ages 16 or over to undertake the qualification.
Basic understanding of English language, literacy, numeracy and ICT are required to attend this course.
Career pathUpon successful completion of the programme, you will have the ability to pursue a career as;
Chief Information Security Officer
More Infohttps://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/risk-management-approach-and-practices-rm/

Mobile Forensics Deep Dive

Price£1539
Target audienceThe course is ideal for;
Forensic Investigators
Cyber-Security Professionals
Cyber-Crime Investigators
Anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge in mobile forensics and data leaks
Test formatExamination would be done online with multiple choice questions where your result would be processed immediately.
Minimum entry requirementsEntry requirements would include;
This course is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds. However, a sound educational background would be an advantage.
Learners should be ages 18 or over to undertake the qualification.
Basic understanding of English language, literacy, numeracy and ICT are required to attend this course.
Career pathUpon successful completion of the programme, you will have the ability to pursue a career as;
Forensic Investigator
Cyber-Security Professional
More Infohttp://www.globaledulink.co.uk/course/mobile-forensics-deep-dive/

So what’s the verdict?

If you want to build a career in the field of cyber and information security, EC Council is your best option. The body has provided highly valid certifications to more than 220,000 professionals throughout the world. They also have the highest trained specialists formulating your course material so that there is no room for error. As an i-learn partner in the UK Global Edulink is privileged to offer you all the courses we have discussed in detail. Take a look through the host of porgrammes in store for you, and choose the ones that would serve you the best to grow and evolve in your career path. For more information, Contact us on [email protected]

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