ECSA – EC-Council Certified Security Analyst

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Exam Details:

Questions: 50
Time: 120 Minutes
Passing Score: 70%
Format: Multiple choice
Cost: $300.00
Other Requirements: 2 Years Exp, Must sign an Ethics Agreement. CEH Preferred.
Renewal: None.

Editors’ Quick Thoughts

This is EC-Council’s foray into the advanced ethical hacking arena. Their intent is to take you past the glut of hacking tools brought to you in CEH and move into analizing all of that collected data to present to your employer / client. This one is clearly not as popular as the CEH. We feel this is for 2 reasons. First of all, the more specialized one gets, the smaller the audience. Secondly, there is some fierce competition in the advanced space from the likes of InfoSec Institute, Foundstone, SANS and others. Time will tell how this portion of the market shakes out. Maybe 2009 will help us get a clearer picture. Until then, there is plenty of chatter in the forums on all of these courses, whether or not they have a cert attached to it.

ec-council--logo.gifFrom the Horse’s Mouth (EC-Council’s Web Site Content):


EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) complements the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification by exploring the analytical phase of ethical hacking. While CEH exposes the learner to hacking tools and technologies, ECSA takes it a step further by exploring how to analyze the outcome from these tools and technologies. Through groundbreaking penetration testing methods and techniques, ECSA class helps students perform the intensive assessments required to effectively identify and mitigate risks to the security of the infrastructure.

This makes ECSA a relevant milestone towards achieving EC-Council’s Licensed penetration Tester, which also ingrains the learner in the business aspect of penetration testing. The Licensed Penetration Tester standardizes the knowledge base for penetration testing professionals by incorporating the best practices followed by experienced experts in the field.

The objective of EC-Council Certified Security Analyst is to add value to experienced security professionals by helping them analyze the outcomes of their tests. ECSA leads the learner into the advanced stages of ethical hacking.

Advanced Penetration Testing and Security Analysis

The ECSA/LPT training program is a highly interactive 5-day security class designed to teach Security Professionals the advanced uses of the available methodologies, tools and techniques required to perform comprehensive information security tests.  Students will learn how to design, secure and test networks to protect your organization from the threats hackers and crackers pose. By teaching the LPT methodology and ground breaking techniques for security and penetration testing, this class will help you perform the intensive assessments required to effectively identify and mitigate risks to the security of your infrastructure. As students learn to identify security problems, they also learn how to avoid and eliminate them, with the class providing complete coverage of analysis and network security-testing topics.


Pass exam 412-79 to achieve EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) certification.


  • ECSA is for experienced hands in the industry and is backed by a curriculum designed by the best in the field.
  • Greater industry acceptance as seasoned security professional.
  • Learn to analyze the outcomes from using security tools and security testing techniques.
  • Requirement for the LPT certification.

Certification Exam

Students will be prepared for EC-Council’s ECSA exam 412-79 on the last day of the class. This certification is also pre-requisite to EC-Council’s Licensed Penetration Tester Program.

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