EC-Council to Host Advanced Technical Security Summits in Alexandria and San Jose

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) January 13, 2012 The Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) – the advanced training division of EC-Council – announces the next installment of its successful advanced training series ‘EC-Council Summit’ (formerly known as CAST Summit) March 19-22 in Alexandria, Virginia and March 26-29 in San Jose, California. This series of summits feature five highly technical workshops in ethical hacking, penetration testing, mobile hacking/forensics, application security and network defense.

The highly technical training series first debuted in August 2011 in Washington, D.C. and is now being expanded to new cities this year following the strong reception it received among IT security professionals.

EC-Council Summit is a unique training opportunity that gives attendees the chance to undergo an intense three-day ‘deep dive’ in five critical IT security fields with top industry experts. Unlike other training events where students are rushed through short presentations, the EC-Council Summit provides a unique opportunity to be immersed in key subject areas, with comprehensive training modules and a heavy focus on hands-on technical training and hacking labs, taught by the very best in their fields.

“EC-Council Summit is expanding its offerings this year following the resounding success we had at the inaugural event last summer,” said Leonard Chin, Director of CAST and EC-Council Conferences & Events. “With an exponential increase of cyber threats facing businesses and government agencies, from the lone hacker armed with easily accessible hacking tools, hacktivists with malicious intents, to Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), offensive security training has never been more important than it is today. 2011 was called the ‘year of the hack’, but 2012 could worsen due to the proliferation of attacks and increasing popularity of the hacktivism movement. IT security professionals must adapt themselves to this changing threat environment in order to safeguard the information assets of their companies and organizations.”

The goal of EC-Council Summit is to prepare security professionals, such as penetration testers and network security administrators, to use advanced hacking techniques in order to better identify and prevent threats before they impact a company or organization. Participants will walk way with a firm grasp of offensive security strategies and techniques, industry best practices, how to develop a secure baseline, how to harden enterprise architectures from the most advanced attacks, and how to reduce the capabilities of APTs.

Five three-day workshops, followed by a highly technical one-day seminar on key security topics, will be hosted in each city as follows:

    •     Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) v7: For the first time, students can achieve CEH v7 certification in a record three days by completing this advanced training course. This course runs for 10 hours per day and the exam is conducted on-site at the end. CEH, a DoD accepted program, is the industry standard in ethical hacker training and forms the basis of all advanced offensive security teachings.


    •     Advanced Penetration Testing: Presented by Joe McCray, this training course deals with penetrating high security environments like government agencies and financial institutions. Students will gain the know-how to attack patched and hardened servers running on the latest Windows and Linux operating systems, avoiding detection from Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), and best practices for circumventing common security implementations like GPOs, Locked Down desktops, IDS/IPS/WAF, etc.


    •     Advanced Mobile Hacking & Forensics: Presented by Wayne Burke, this course focuses on the in-depth aspects of performing forensic analysis on mobile operating systems such as Apple iOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows Phone 7, and RIM Blackberry. Students will learn how to recover and preserve digital evidence in real-world scenarios where civil or criminal litigation is at stake, and conduct effective audits on mobile devices to prevent misuse.


    •     Advanced Application Security: Presented by Tim Pierson, this training course deals with the latest risks in the programming environment, current prevention tools and new attack methodologies. Students will learn programming techniques to thwart Man-in-the-Middle attacks and also how to write defensive code to prevent other attacks, how to harden applications on various runtimes like .Net, Java, and Adobe Air, advanced fuzzing technology and SQL-database rootkits.


  •     Advanced Network Defense: Presented by Kevin Cardwell, this course focuses on offensive security techniques to protect the enterprise against today’s most advanced threats, system deployments in highly secure states, identifying hard-to-detect malware and staging advanced attacks.

For more information about the EC-Council Summit series, please visit


The Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) was developed by EC-Council (, in conjunction with cybersecurity experts, to address the need for highly technical and advanced security training for information security professionals. Instructed by EC-Council’s select group of master trainers, CAST offers hands-on, lab intensive courses that cover the security industry’s top domains, including advanced penetration testing training, digital mobile forensics training, advanced application security training, advanced network defense training, crimeware attribution, web application security training, and more. CAST is hosted at various international events, including EC-Council’s flagship Hacker Halted and TakeDownCon conference series.


The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce. It is the owner and developer of 20 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Security Analyst /Licensed Penetration Tester (ECSA/LPT). EC-Council has trained over 90,000 security professionals and certified more than 40,000 members.

EC-Council’s certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 87 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from vaårious government agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, the Montgomery GI Bill, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted information security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More information about EC-Council is available at


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