McAfee has announced that its Foundstone Professional Services division will offer a "Certified Ethical Hacking" course, designed to empower IT professionals
with the skills they need to detect vulnerabilities on their systems.
The new course marks the first time that McAfee has offered a certified training program, which it will offer as an accredited training partner of the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).
As threats continue to grow and cyber criminals become more sophisticated, organisations must take steps to understand their vulnerabilities and repair them before they are discovered by outsiders. The new course will allow these organisations to take proactive steps towards becoming more secure.
The course is called "Certified Ethical Hacker" because it teaches participants the skills they need to hack into vulnerable systems, but requires them to sign a pledge that they will not use these skills on any networks other than their own.
"We are rounding out our education offering with a powerful new course," said Bill Hau, vice-president of McAfee Foundstone Professional Services. "Our clients have been asking for a course that enables them to pass the certification and we are responding to the overall need. By teaching security professionals how to identify the vulnerabilities within their own systems, I believe we will make a very positive impact on the security of networks worldwide."
By augmenting its education offerings to include the Certified Ethical Hacker course, Foundstone Professional Services are now able to offer a certification that is growing in popularity with security professionals.
The Certified Ethical Hacker certification is the first stepping stone in a security professionals' career to become certified in penetration testing and risk mitigation. Foundstone Professional Services will continue to offer its well-known Ultimate Hacking series, which provides attendees with the next level of skills from Foundstone consultants who work in the real world.
The EC-Council is a member-supported professional organization whose purpose is to support and enhance the role of individuals and organisations that design, create, manage or market security and e-business solutions.
"The information security environment is ever-changing," says Sanjay Bavisi, president of EC-Council. "The partnership between EC-Council and Foundstone Professional Services will bring change and needed innovation to computer security training. We are excited and proud to be engaging with Foundstone to offer this course to our customers."