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The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-supported professional organization. The EC-Council is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico[1]

The EC-Council is known primarily as a professional certification body. Its best-known certification is the Certified Ethical Hacker. It also operates a series of IT security conferences and cosponsored SC Magazine's 2007 salary survey, as well as the EC-Council University.[2]



The EC-Council is best known for its professional certifications for the IT security field. It offers numerous certifications in a variety of fields related to IT security, including disaster recovery, secure programming, e-Business and general IT security knowledge.[3]

IT Security Professional Certifications

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Certified EC-Council Instructor (CEI)
Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)
EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)
EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH)
Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA)
Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT)
EC-Council Certified VOIP Professional (ECVP)
EC-Council Network Security Administrator (ENSA)
EC-Council Certified Computer Investigator (ECCI)

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity:

EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP)

Programming Certifications

EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP)
Certified Secure Application Developer (CSAD)

Entry Level Security Certifications:

Security 5 (Security|5)
Network 5 (Network|5)
Wireless 5 (Wireless|5)

Graduate Level Certifications:

Fundamentals in Computer Forensics
Fundamentals in Information Security
Fundamentals in Network Security
EC-Council Certified Security Specialist (ECSS)

E-Business Certifications:

Certified e-Business Professional (CEP)


The EC-Council operates the Hacker Halted conferences. The objective of the global series of Hacker Halted conferences is to raise international awareness towards increased education and ethics in IT Security. The event is currently in its 14th year. Also present at Hacker Halted is EC-Council's H@cker Halted | Academy, trainings and workshops led by EC-Council instructors and trainers.[4]

EC-Council University

The EC-Council also operates the EC-Council University, offering Masters Degrees in Security Science(MSS) and Business Administration in e-business(MEB). The EC-Council University was founded in 2006 and is Licensed and seeking accreditation in New Mexico. According to EC-Council, the MSS program attracted more than 150 candidates for its initial class, only six of whom were accepted. Users are required to take courses in ethical hacking and countermeasures, computer forensics, and network intrusion detection. Candidates must then complete six electives to qualify for the degree, along with a master's thesis, with the option to choose courses from a list that includes secure network management, security analysis and vulnerability assessment, cyberlaw, principles of e-business security, disaster recovery, project management, penetration testing, secure programming, and wireless networking. [5][6][7]


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