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October 2003

Opinion: Emerging ethical hacker certification may be off-course

"I'm a Certified Ethical Hacker." I feel a bit silly saying that, because the CEH isn't as esteemed as the CISSP or CCNA. Earning the "ethical hacker" moniker is kind of like wearing a t-shirt that says, "I'm a hacker." You either are or you aren't; neither the t-shirt nor the certification is going to make you a hacker. Even worse, the training I received seemed hardly adequate even for this lowly credential, and the certification exam barely stressed my knowledge and understanding. My expectations were high when I signed up for Intense School's Professional Hacking course. Based on the brochure, I anticipated six days of continuous exercises in which my classmates and I would scrutinize networks, devise attacks, circumvent security measures and penetrate targets. The challenge, I assumed, would be progressively harder exercises. This, I thought, would prepare me for the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants' "Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures" exam. My instructor was Clint Dupuis, best known for his ...

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