CAST Summit Unveils Advanced Network Defense Training in Washington D.C.

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EC-Council’s advanced network defense training course will be offered by its new Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST), at this year’s inaugural CAST Summit (, August 22-25 in Washington D.C. The CAST Advanced Network Defense program will train security professionals in offensive attack strategies in order to identify threats, properly address them, and defend against today’s Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). CAST also offers advanced, technical security training in the areas of penetration testing, application security, digital mobile forensics, exploit development and cryptography. The recent attacks against major companies demonstrate the devastating potential of lax policies in information security. CAST Summit aims to spark a change in the industry, by offering the most advanced and encompassing technical security training solutions available.

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Advanced Security Training – EC-Council’s CAST Summit, Washington D.C

Advanced Network Defense program is designed to showcase some of the best practices and methodologies you can follow to secure most environments; and provide segmentation as well as isolation to reduce the effectiveness of the Advanced Persistent Threat.

EC-Council’s new Center of Advanced Security Training (CAST) is unveiling its most advanced network defense training to-date, at the inaugural CAST Summit in Washington D.C., August 22-25.

Led by EC-Council Master Trainer Kevin Cardwell, a former chief of information security in the Navy, CAST’s Advanced Network Defense is an intense three-day training course in offensive security for experienced information security professionals. It includes 10 training modules and nine hands-on hacking labs, ranging from perimeter security to endpoint protection and NAC. Since many institutions think only in terms of defensive security, the Advanced Network Defense course focuses heavily on teaching students how to adopt an offensive mindset and how to ‘think like hackers’ in order to provide a more robust defense.

Advanced Network Defense provides qualified professionals with industry best practices and expert training to enhance their network security, harden enterprise architectures and guard against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). The course includes 10 highly technical security training modules, in addition to hands-on hacking labs: perimeter configuration and security; firewall deployment; firewall configuration; selecting an operating system; firewall architecture; Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS); defending web applications and web servers and malware; fighting zero-day threats; building secure network architectures; and, lastly, new challenges from sophisticated malware.

“Over the last 10 years, many companies and institutions have failed to prioritize network security, making them significantly vulnerable to damaging attacks from hackers and hacktivists,” said Leonard Chin, Director of CAST. “The Advanced Network Defense course aims to teach information security professionals how to think more aggressively, by incorporating offensive strategies into their defensive planning. The three-day hands-on course also trains professionals in advanced hacking techniques and the latest malware threats to make sure they are fully prepared to deal with the escalating risk environment facing most companies today.”

The goal of CAST’s Advanced Network Defense course 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.

The CAST Summit is August 22-25 in Washington, D.C. In addition to the Advanced Network Defense course, the CAST Summit will also provide course advanced penetration testing training, advanced digital mobile forensics training, advanced application security training and cryptography training.

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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, advanced social engineering training, web application security training, and more. CAST is hosted at various international events, including the CAST Summit, as well as EC-Council’s flagship Hacker Halted conference series. More information about CAST is available at

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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