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DoD Requires Hacker Certification




DoD Requires Hacker Certification
DoD Requires Hacker Certification



http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=223101209 

By Elizabeth Montalbano
InformationWeek
March 2, 2010 

Official government cyber defenders are now required to have the skills 
of a hacker according to a mandatory certification approved this week by 
the Department of Defense.

The DoD now requires its computer network defenders (CNDs) pass 
Certified Ethical Hacker certification program from the International 
Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) to fulfill baseline 
skills.

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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