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Why You Should Take a CEH Course
The Certified Ethical Hacker, also known as the CEH, is the hottest certification in Information Assurance today. Many people argue that the CISSP is hotter, but it is not. CISSP is a non-technical cert that encompasses a wide array of information assurance practices. The CEH is a technical cert that provides you with the ability to run a network intrusion vulnerability analysis through penetration testing and then create the best possible prevention plan available. With cyber crime and attacks rising, this is the more necessary certification course.
CEH vs. CISSP: A Quick Look
As with many computer-related areas, there are a number of different certifications that exist in the realm of information security. Two of the best-known are the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications. While each certification is an internationally recognized standard, and each one has strong reasons to recommend it, professionals who wish to gain a practical understanding of network security and related issues may wish to pursue the CEH certification over the CISSP.
One obvious reason to pursue the CEH over the CISSP is the experience requirement. In order to obtain the CISSP, a candidate must have at least five years of professional work experience in at least two of the 10 domains covered by the CISSP, four years of professional work experience plus a college degree, or pass the CISSP exam and then gather the requisite experience over the next six years in order to claim the certification. In comparison, the CEH requires candidates to be 18 years or older before taking the exam, and only requires two years of professional security-related work experience.
Another reason to look at the CEH certification rather than the CISSP is relative cost. Although both certifications are comparable for the basic exam – as of July 2012, approximately $500 for the CEH exam compared to $400-600 for the CISSP, depending on concentration and registration – CISSPs are required to pay a yearly maintenance fee of $85, which CEHs do not. Because of the breadth of information required for the CISSP, candidates can expect to invest significant resources in time and study materials as well, more than the CEH requires.
However, the primary reason for obtaining a CEH certification over the CISSP is the nature of the material and the training. The training and knowledge base for the CEH is focused on real-world tools, practices and situations that security professionals deal with regularly; the focus for certified CEHs is to find and repair security vulnerabilities that exist in a current configuration, and defend against future incursions. On the other hand, the CISSP is a broader, more theoretical certification, designed to prepare security professionals with the conceptual tools to defend against a number of potential threats and secure information in numerous ways, some of which may have nothing to do with actual computer systems, such as physical security or social engineering protection. For professionals who prefer a pragmatic, hands-on approach to computer security, as well as those who may find themselves limited by previous career paths or fewer resources, the CEH certification represents a more effective path toward gaining valued credentials in the information security field.
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Penetration testers who have the skill sets to apply the latest tools, exploits and worms can do more proactive information assurance (IT security) work than someone certified with the CISSP. The demand for this type of person in an organization has reached every level. Corporations employ hackers full-time to prevent harm to their websites and databases. Small businesses are now requiring their LAN admins have pen-testing skill sets. Additionally, the US Government is the largest employer of hackers, especially within the DoD.
Recently, the DoD 8570 mandate added the CEH certification to its list of required certifications for certain DoD and DoD contract employees. This recent addition only fueled the growing fire of demand for people to take a CEH course.
Where to Find the Best Available CEH Course
1) There are many companies offering CEH courses and a few things must be considered. The first thing is to be sure that you are taking a CEH course with a company that is in fact licensed and approved by the EC-Council. They call these places, ATC’s or ATP’s. If you take a CEH course at a non-authorized provider, and the EC-Council finds out, they will revoke your certification.
2) Once you have identified an authorized CEH training provider, then you can begin to compare the finer details. Among them you may want to consider price, instructor quality and how long / well the company has been delivering the CEH course to its clients.
So far this year, our company gets the ringing endorsement for our instructors and is the leading provider of CEH courses in the country (and has been a top ten provider for the past three years). We offer CEH courses in the DC area and have hotel packages for those flying in from out of town. Our instructor is Joe McCray, and Joe is very well known in the industry as one of the best and is a frequent presenter at some of the world’s major hacking and forensic conferences (Black Hat, DefCon etc.). They are worth the endorsement.