DoD Approves Ethical Hacker Certification

Certified Ethical Hacker training and certification is now an option for four categories of IT pros in meeting Department of Defense job requirements.

By Elizabeth Montalbano, InformationWeek

Editors note: This story was updated on March 9.

Government cyber defenders can now be trained in the techniques of a hacker under a certification program that was recently approved by the Department of Defense.


The DoD requires its computer network defenders (CNDs) to meet certain requirements under Directive 8570, which provides a variety of certification options depending on job description. The newly approved Certified Ethical Hacker certification program, offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), now fulfills DoD requirements for four categories of CND service providers: analysts, infrastructure support, incident reporters, and auditors. Other certification options are also available to those workers.


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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