The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, an e-business organization, is to launch a new certified ethical hackers program called The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training course next month in Australia. This course is designed to teach professionals vendor-neutral techniques and methods of breaking into computer networks "ethically", thereby giving hacking a legitimate status.
Ethical hacker is an individual who is usually employed with the organization and who can be trusted to undertake an attempt to penetrate networks and/or computer systems using the same methods as a hacker.
This five-day hacking course will be held in Sydney from April 5 to 9, consists of 22 modules. It is especially targeted towards security officers, auditors, security professionals, and site administrators. Topics include intrusion detection, DDoS attacks, buffer overflows and virus creation, as well as hacking techniques for cracking into wireless networks, Linux and Web-based authentication tools.
Those who enlist in the course will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which restricts them from using the technologies and skills learned during the CEH course in an "unethical" manner ? either by launching illegal or malicious attacks, or by compromising any computer system.
CEH course is the first EC-Council derived certification program to be offered by MIS Technologies, an Australian training institute. MIS plans to run the course on a quarterly basis. The cost of the five-day MIS hacker's course is around $3000. Spaces in the April 2004 session are limited to 20. Prometric, a division of Thomson Learning and a computer-based testing and assessment company will conduct the course examinations.
The EC Council member body constitutes representatives from Microsoft, IBM, Xerox, Sony, Motorola, Quantum Research and Cisco. Other programs it offers include the recently launched Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator track.
This course was introduced in UK earlier this month. According to the EC-Council, there is a high demand for certified hackers in the corporate sector, particularly in the banking, telecommunications, petrochemical, fast moving consumer goods and manufacturing industries, and also in government agencies like utilities and transportation.