By Elizabeth Montalbano
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
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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