Cатсн²² (in)sесuяitу / ChrisJohnRiley

Because we're damned if we do, and we're damned if we don't!

Tag Archives: NSA

EC-Council Courses certified by the NSA !!!

eccYes, this isn’t a mistake, and I’ve not been drinking. I received a nice email from the people at EC-Council letting me know that the “EC-Council Courseware certified to have met the CNSS Standards by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)”. The press release goes on to detail the EC-Council courses (including CEH, ECSA and LPT) that have been been certified to meet the training requirements for information security professionals in federal government.

My first reaction was that this must be come kind of scam. I was waiting for the part where they ask me for my credit-card number so I can receive a new certificate and security level. Alas, this was not to be. Those who’ve read my blog or my articles know that my view on EC-Council and in particular their CEH, ECSA/LPT track isn’t a good one. I’ve been through the training and to this date (maybe for not much longer) I’m still certified as a CEH and ECSA. I’ve refused to pay the $500 a year required to be an LPT however, as, well, it’s a farce. Still, back to the point. I’m not sure what changes EC-Council have made since my experiences with version 5 of the CEH course, but from what I’ve heard and read, they’ve only increased the size of the course and done nothing to improve the low quality of the training and material.

I’m not sure what the thinking behind this certification was, however I’d love to hear your opinions. Does this change your view on the quality of CEH candidates ? or has it just lowered your opinion of the technical competence of the NSA. I know where my feelings on the matter lie.

EC-Council Press Release –> HERE