Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:03 pm Post subject: CEH V7 is coming out very soon - Move away QEH, CPTS, etc.
Yesterday I was invited to a great webinar delivered by EC-Council to introduce the CEH Version 7 to a selected group of partners and ATC's. Let me tell you that I was VERY PLEASED with what I have seen. It seems that this time they went above and beyond and they got it right.
For many years I have been a critic of the CEH content where the focus was on tools, they were using old Operating Systems in their lab and in class, they had way too much slides on tools, overall it was not very conducive to a great learning experience. This is now OLD HISTORY with the new CEH Version 7 that just came out.
The EC-council has just set the new standard by which all other certifications like the QEH from Security University, or the CPTS from Miles2, or even CREST will have to attempt reaching if they wish to remain in the game. From what I have seen these certifications are now being left behind in the dust attempting to catch up to the new CEH V7.
I have not been this excited in a long time and the final product is a testament to the endless hours they have worked on the new course package. They really had a top notch team of international expert who worked until a consensus would be established and true skills, techniques, and knowledge would be communicated to the students.
The exam format and number of questions will remain the same. It is really the whole content that is the pleasant surprise.
The new questions for the CEH V7 are in the final stage of preparation. Psychometricians have contributed to this new version and the flow and the efficient use of graphical elements will make this a winner for sure.
The price of the exam will be $300 USD. A slight increase.
HOW BIG IS THE EC-COUNCIL
I can say they are growing at a frantic rate. They are now the LARGEST TECHNICAL CERTIFICATIONS VENDOR in the whole world. They just passed ahead of SANS as far as number of certified students is concerned. It is a sign they are healthy and they have a lot of surprises in store for all of you and I will talk about a few of them below.
NEW THINGS COMING OUT
THe TakeDownCon series will be coming out starting with Dallas as the first location that will be visited. The TakeDownSeries as the name implies takes away all the unnecessary and will be held in a relaxed and informal atmosphere thus making it affordable to nearly everyone, without compromising on quality. It aims to bring the industry luminaries and professionals together which promotes knowledge sharing, collaboration and social networking.Attending TakeDownCon will enable participants to maintain their technological leadership, enhance skills proficiency and stay abreast of the latest developments in this rapidly changing information security landscape. Rumor is you will not get access unless you can talk binary...
The Center for Advanced Security Training. This is a new initiative to build true cyber warrior and advanced skills. An Instructor delivering CAST Training MUST be a practitioner out in the field and a leader in it's field of expertise. There is no room for second class content or instructor. Only the cream of the cream will get to deliver training under the new CAST initiative. You will see subjects such as mobile forensics, SAPSploit, Advanced Pentesting, very advanced Application Security testing, and of course advanced defensive programming as well. More details will be released soon.
This is a new online repository of tools with a great GUI interface. Under this tool a very large collection of penetration testing and hacking tools will be maintained and updated all the time. The interface will allow you to easily download the latest version of tools and install them. This is a great idea.
ILABS is the possibility to rent a full set of machine to go along with the class setup. No need to have any setup anymore if you have ILABS. Everything will be provided through virtualization. This is really a nice features that will allow delivery of the class anywhere with ease. It really makes the instructor life a lot easier and you could have zero setup and do everything in the cloud. It is time someone moves to the cloud for such training.
ILABS will be subscription based where you can get 30, 60, or 90 days. It is not minute or hour based like many other virtual labs. You get unlimited access for the whole subscription period. Being based on virtual machine you are allowed to make mistake, revert back to a snapshot and try again.
OK ENOUGH TELL ME ABOUT THE CEH V7
This version is the version that has cost the most money so far to the EC-Council, they really invested lots of experts, lots of time, professional graphic designers, Psychometricians, and the community as well for input.
This is not just another version where they added 15 more modules. It is the contrary, the package was submitted to a diet to come out with a top shape package. It is a completely new and updated package.
I was very please to hear the president of the EC-Council mentions terms such as concise, focused, skills, knowledge, supporting elements, and more. In the past the language was about tools, this time it is about knowledge and skills and what is needed to be a true Security Tester. I think this time they got it right.
All of the slides were revised and they got rid of slides with lots of text and they replace those slides with amazing graphics where it talks by itself, they say a picture is worth 1000 words and this is true in this case. The instructor will be the one responsible to explain and there is no need to write all the instructor can say on the slide. The professional graphics are really great looking and you can see there was some thinking behind it.
The graphic support is so great the instructor will have very little drawing to do on the board.
The next things that is really exciting is the fact that everything is updated to the latest version of operating systems with the latest patches. The student machines, the instructor machine, the target range, they are all updated to the latest version. No more hacking of an old windows 2000 box. Only the latest.
The slide show had a major cleanup on the tool side. Some modules used to have dozens of tools presented, this has changed, the new layout will showcase only a few tools and only the most relevant tool for the task being done.
The lab manual has been completely redone and a new format being used. It has a really nice layout with a great flow.
COLOR MY WORLD: It seems the courseware will be in color, you heard right, no more black and white and bad shades of the gray scale. The courseware will really come to life with vibrant graphics in color. It is nice to see important items and points stand out with a different color. This is really a step forward. I still cannot believe it a large vendor spending a bit more money to get colors in their courseware, I am looking forward to the day I can get my hands on the package to look at the whole thing.
In summary, I think the CEH Version 7 is really going to make noise when it is release and as I have mentioned at the beginning this is the new standard to reach for others who are left behind.
Thank you for sharing your recent discoveries! I am currently doing as much research dealing with CEH as I can (online practice exams, gregg and graves review books).
Would you happen to know if the material I am learning is outdated? The review guides are recommending I get familiar with certain tools, but I am not certain I will be tested on these versions. (the review guides were written in 2007, I believe)
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