EC-Council to Launch Version 7 of Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) at TakeDownCon Dallas in May

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EC-Counch prepares to launch version 7 of their US Department of Defense Directive 8570-accepted Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program.

For the first time in the U.S., Certified Ethical Hacker Version 7 (CEHv7) training is being offered directly from EC-Council, at TakeDownCon Dallas, May 15-17. TakeDownCon is a new IT security conference series developed by EC-Council.

CEH is an accepted standard of the US military (accepted by DoD 8570.01M, Change 2) and is the most comprehensive, hands-on ethical hacking program in the world. The new version offers significant upgrades in training, including access to a user-manageable hacking and penetration tool interface, known as “Frankenstein,” and virtual lab vulnerability testing via “iLabs.”

“CEHv7 is the most advanced, real-world specific and comprehensive training program to date for the ethical hacker,” said Jay Bavisi, president and co-founder of EC-Council. “For those professionals who complete the training program, they will walk away with advanced knowledge and training tactics against real-world hackers and become stronger network defenders at their companies and institutions.”

Key changes to CEHv7:

  •     Enhanced pictorial experience, with instructor slides and student manuals incorporating diagrammatic representations of hacking techniques, which makes it easier to both teach and learn the concepts of ethical hacking.
  •     New content takes students deep into advanced penetration testing, real-time attack countermeasures, and results-oriented, analytical labs that allow students to test their hacking skills against patched and hardened operating systems.
  •     Over 20 GB of cutting-edge hacking tools.
  •     Roughly 17 hours of hacking technique demonstration videos.
  •     “Frankenstein” provides a simplified interface for searching, downloading, and installing the latest hacking and penetration testing tools. Users can check the release date, category, size, author name, website details, and technical requirements for a given tool.
  •     “iLabs” offers a subscription-based service that allows students to remotely logon to a virtual machine running Windows 2003 Server, in order to perform various exercises featured in the CEHv7 Lab Guide, straight from the web browser, with 24x7 availability.

Version 7 is a dramatic evolution in the Certified Ethical Hacker program. It took the EC-Council several years to complete its work on Version 7, and the result is an intense, hands-on training course with greater emphasis on the techniques and methodologies used by hackers in the real world.

Certified Ethical Hacker Version 7 training, direct from EC-Council, will take place at TakeDownCon Dallas, the EC-Council’s new IT security conference series, from May 15-17, at the InterContinental Dallas. For more information, visit or

TakeDownCon is a new technical IT security conference series that provides advanced, highly technical research, presentations, and training to accomplished information security professionals. Designed by EC-Council, it debuts in 2011 with two conferences in Dallas and Las Vegas. TakeDownCon focuses on technical research in cutting-edge exploits and vulnerabilities and also provides EC-Council certification training, including the renowned Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program (an accepted certification of DOD Directive 8570.01M Change 2). Website:

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity 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. Its certification programs are offered by over 450 training centers across 84 countries. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various 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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