If you think hacking is just an illegal activity, it is time to expand your mind and maybe take a class. According to Collin College instructor Chuck Easttom, the U.S. Department of Defense has approved a unique certified ethical hacker certification which is in demand for cyber warfare employees.
“The students will learn to create viruses, execute denial of service attacks and perform various attacks on systems. The goal is to teach network administrators, law enforcement officers, and defense department personnel the techniques hackers use, so they can better defend against them,” said Easttom, an official EC-Council instructor.
The Collin College continuing education department is the only official EC-Council training center in Collin County. The certified ethical hacker class is offered from 6:30 p.m.-10:15 p.m., March 19-29, Monday-Thursday in room 218 at the college’s Courtyard Center for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park Boulevard in Plano.
A computer science instructor who has spoken at Harvard and Columbia, Easttom is the author of 13 books and was one of 10 individuals in the world selected to assist in the creation of the next version of the Certified Ethical Hacker exam.
“The certified ethical hacker certification is often offered at other places for more than $2000. We offer it for $449 plus the cost of the student kit. This course actually teaches students hacking techniques. The single biggest knowledge gap I see in security professionals is that they don’t know the same things the bad guys know. They are missing pieces. This class covers the missing pieces,” Easttom added.