[ISN] DoD Requires Hacker Certification

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 01:50:38 -0600 (CST)

By Elizabeth Montalbano
March 2, 2010 

Official government cyber defenders are now required to have the skills 
of a hacker according to a mandatory certification approved this week by 
the Department of Defense.

The DoD now requires its computer network defenders (CNDs) pass 
Certified Ethical Hacker certification program from the International 
Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) to fulfill baseline 

The Certified Ethical Hacker qualification tests someone's knowledge in 
the mindset, tools, and techniques of a hacker.

CNDs -- who are part of the DoD's information assurance workforce -- 
protect, monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity 
within DoD information systems and computer networks.

Assistant Secretary of Defense John Grimes officially instated the 
Certified Ethical Hacker requirement in late February under DoD 
Directive 8570, which provides guidance for how DoD information workers 
should be trained and managed.


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