Recently EC-Council held a webinar for certain attendees to discuss what's happened in 2010 and what's projected for 2011. I've been told I can share this information so here are a few highlights...
- EC-Council has passed SANS/GIAC in the number of certified professionals worldwide (I wasn't given specific permission to share numbers and since EC-Council doesn't share these, neither will I here).
- Within a year of launching their academic course books they have formed 200 international partnerships
- Hacker Halted (US) saw a 116% increase in course attendees and will be back in Miami (October) for 2011.
- I don't have the date but they will be launching CAST - Center for Advanced Security Training - courses this year. These will be advanced technical trainings in areas where they have certifications (CEH,ECSA/LPT,CHFI) and some others. The instructors for these courses MUST be practitioners in the field and meet other requirements. There are no plans to have certifications for these courses at this time, they will be advanced technical trainings only.
- Takedown Con will be launched in May in Dallas, Texas. Unlike Hacker Halted, this conference will be much more technical in its discussions. They plan to roll this out to other areas as well (www.takedowncon.com).
- EC-Council donated $1M to the UN last year to have distributed as needed for training. This year another $1M is being donated to academia.
- A new tool helping in lab setup for classes has been developed called iLabs. This is a virtual hosted system by EC-Council that allows instructors to quickly get classrooms ready. Students will each have access to a handful of systems. All licensing is being handled by EC-Council and will no longer be a responsibility of the training center.
- Along with iLabs will come a client/server app called Frankenstein. The utility looks similar to an FTP client. It allows students to connect to EC-Council and download updated tools. If a tool is installed and an updated version is available Frankenstein will prompt you to install the newer version.
- And, of course, there's CEH v7. This is going to include completely rebuilt courseware. To start, all of those boring looking slides have been removed. You will no longer see pages with slides with a box of text and a heading with more text below the slide. The text has been removed. The slides are now very graphical (example attached) - and they look good (and I hear they're trying to get the courseware in color rather than black/white). What about the tools? Yes, tools are still included but the courseware will only be discussing the top tools in each category. You won't have slide after slide of tools you'll never use. They'll still be included on the discs for self-study. The exam will be updated and, again this is speculation, I believe the objectives will be updated as well. They have spent more money producing this CEH version than any version in the past and they are taking it very seriously. Why do I believe the objectives will be updated? I sat in as a CEH SME during Hacker Halted with a representative from Prometric and other security professionals. We were tasked with developing question topics/categories - and new questions are being written from these so I can only guess that these will be the new objectives. You should not be seeing weird questions or questions that come from portions of the courseware not in the objectives.
What else could make CEH v7 great? How about getting a free seat in the initial roll-out? On March 14, 25 training centers worldwide will be conducting the first CEH v7 courses. EC-Council will be giving away 125 seats for these classes. Attendees will also receive a commemorative limited edition, metal, certificate of attendance. Global roll-out will be the following week, March 21.