CHFI, EC-Council’s Industry Leading Computer Forensics Certification & Training Program, Closes out a Banner Year of Growth as Malicious Hacks Dominated Headlines

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EC-Council’s Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) program grew in popularity in 2014 – a year that was also heavy with media coverage of security breaches of large companies around the world.

CHFI, EC-Council’s industry leading Computer Forensics certification and training program

CHFI, EC-Council’s industry leading Computer Forensics certification and training program

One of the first things companies must deal with after a breach is answering questions about how and why the breach happened and who might have done it. These questions can’t be answered internally without a good forensics team ...

EC-Council, the creator of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program, has seen significant growth in its computer forensics training program in a year filled with headline-grabbing security breaches. Computer forensics is simply the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques to gather legally relevant evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks.

The Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) program teaches students how to conduct an investigation into a security incident like many that have dominated the news cycle in 2014. For instance, there was intense media scrutiny focused on Target’s breach early in the year, with the story developing as the facts of the breach came to light. These details are unearthed using industry best practices and set methodology designed to reveal how an intruder gained access and to which systems, how much damage was done, and what information was compromised.

The CHFI program saw a sharp uptick in popularity in 2014 and was named to a “t op 10” industry list. Often seen as a complementary certification to the CEH, 2014 saw CHFI stand alone as many professionals are choosing to focus on computer forensics as a career. The 2012 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report for information security analysts and computer system analysts, which have duties similar to forensic experts in computer information, project that job opportunities for people who are working in these fields is likely to increase by about 22 percent, which could mean more than 120,000 new jobs in the field.

According to EC-Council President, Jay Bavisi, CHFI’s popularity surge in 2014 is no surprise. “This year we saw so many horrendous PR nightmares for companies all over the world. One of the first things companies must deal with after a breach is answering questions about how and why the breach happened and who might have done it. These questions can’t be answered internally without a good forensics team, so we think companies are really starting to understand the value of computer forensics for their security but also for their reputations as competent operators.”

About EC-Council
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. EC Council is the owner and developer of the world-famous E-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and various others offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, and the US Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certifying EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH), Network Security Administrator (ENSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP), Certified Security Analyst (E|CSA) and Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) program for meeting the 4011, 4012, 4013A, 4014, 4015 and 4016 training standards for information security professionals and most recently EC-Council has received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

For more information about EC-Council, please visit http://www.eccouncil.org.

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