Course Technology and EC-Council Deliver Book Series to Prepare Information Security Students for Government Mandates

U.S. Department of Defense Signs Directive Authorizing Ethical Hacker Certification for Computer Network Defense Service Providers

Course Technology, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of computing and information technology courseware, today announced the availability of the Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Series, which covers topics in offensive network security, ethical hacking, and network defense and countermeasures. Developed in partnership with EC-Council, a global leader in Information Security and electronic business education, training and certification, the Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Series is the only academic series available to prepare information technology students for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification.

The availability of the Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Series could not come at a more important time. Recently, the Department of Defense (DoD) signed Directive 8570 Information Assurance Workforce Improvement program, recognizing the CEH certification for Computer Network Defense Service Providers (CND-SPs), a specialized personnel classification within the DoD’s information assurance workforce. The CEH certification is now an approved certification for CND-SP personnel working with the DoD—including CND Analysts, CND Infrastructure Support, CND Incident Responders and CND Auditors.

“Academic programs nationwide are recognizing that training for these certifications is important to adequately prepare students for the demands of information security employers,” said Dave Garza, vice president, Career and Professional Business Unit, Cengage Learning. “As the exclusive academic publishing partner of EC-Council materials, we are fully-equipped to prepare students for careers in information security and network defense, including providing the academic materials needed for a variety of EC-Council certifications, such as Certified Ethical Hacker.”

The Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Series is comprised of five books and is designed to immerse students in an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack and secure information systems. The reader will gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience with essential security systems. A wide variety of tools, techniques, and viruses are covered in the series, providing a complete understanding of the tactics and tools used by hackers. By gaining a thorough understanding of how hackers operate, an Ethical Hacker will be able to set up strong countermeasures and defensive systems to protect an organization’s critical infrastructure and information. Titles in the series include:

In addition, Course Technology and the EC-Council have also published the Official Certified Ethical Hacker Review Guide, which can be used by students and working professionals alike in preparing for the challenging CEH exam. The book includes hundreds of review questions and answers, helpful at-a-glance reference boxes and tables, exam essentials summaries, tutorial information and more. It is the only such book sanctioned by EC-Council for the latest CEH exam.

“Through our partnership with Course Technology, we are preparing information security students and professionals to understand how hackers think, and educating them on the different cyber weapons hackers have at their disposal,” said Jay Bavisi, co-founder and president, EC-Council. “With this important knowledge, they will be able to recognize and prevent dangerous security breaches.”

For more information on the Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Series or to purchase any of the books, please visit or For more information on other series developed by Cengage Learning and the EC-Council, please visit

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About Course Technology

Course Technology, part of Cengage Learning, publishes texts and electronic resources for information technology and media arts students and instructors. Course Technology utilizes innovative technologies to help instructors teach and students learn. For more information, visit

About EC-Council

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cyber security and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

EC-Council has trained over 60,000 individuals and certified more than 22,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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