Two members of the Exclamation Labs’ team have completed the requirements for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification through the Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence, located at Allegany College of Maryland. A CEH is a technology professional that understands, and knows how to look for, weaknesses and vulnerabilities in IT systems. These specialists use the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but they do so in a legal manner with the objective of assessing and improving the security of IT networks and applications.
Exclamation Labs’ developer, Fred Benson, and DevOps specialist, Ben Strozykowski, both completed the comprehensive five-day course that includes more than 200 real-world scenarios of how today’s hackers commonly attack IT systems. The four-hour course exam includes questions on topics such as scanning networks, session hijacking and denial of service.
The need for Certified Ethical Hackers is growing as more advanced attacks take place more frequently. These experts focus not only on identifying and fixing deficiencies and vulnerabilities, but are also able to develop tailored plans to help companies protect their IT systems.
Allegany College of Maryland is an academic partner with the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, the world’s largest cyber security technical certification body. Valid for three years, the CEH credential has received endorsements from various government agencies, including the United States Federal Government (via the Montgomery GI Bill), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).