EC-Council University

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by cookderosa, May 1, 2019.

  1. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    EC-Council (Certified Ethical Hacker) has a University (DEAC & CHEA)

    I found an old thread from 2006, and when I visited their website today, it looks like they've got a few online programs (undergrad / grad / certs) and a cool proprietary hacker lab for their courses.

    Admission into their BS requires an associate degree *or* 60 credits.

    A bit pricey from my unqualified assessment ($465/cr) because you're looking at no less than $30,000 assuming you've done a good job using resources for your first 60 that didn't exceed $3,000 (totally doable).

    It looks like they also bundle many (expensive) certifications in with their program at no additional cost.

    So, someone in this field help me understand this program - are these guys an elite program with a strong reputation that trumps their NA status, or are they clowns peddling an over-priced credential?
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  3. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    No and yes, in that order. :rolleyes:
  4. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    In the category 'special purpose degree-granting institution devoted entirely to cybersecurity / information security,' SANS Technology Institute seems likely to have greater mainstream acceptance than EC-Council University. Sans Technology Institute is regionally accredited (Middle States), offers undergraduate and graduate certificates and master's degrees, and operates separately from but is a subsidiary of the larger cybersecurity / information security training and service provider the SANS Institute.
  5. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Take the reddit postings with a grain of salt. I've seen groups on reddit claim Western Governors is garbage and has a bad rep when I know the opposite is true. No matter what, there will always be a band of critics for every school you can mention. Heck, I just saw Union Institute & University on a quackwatch list and while that school is no academic wonder, a quackwatch listing is stretching things pretty far.

    Every student should research what the school offers, how it delivers, talk with some staff, and get a feel for themselves about how things will go. Of course, IF every channel you check says the school is bad, well, then you might want to listen to that.
  6. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    That would be my understanding. OTOH, Certified Ethical Hacker credential has some recognition, and is somewhat different in focus from SANS certificates - so perhaps ECCU does have it's niche. In general, yes, SANS Institute appears to have an edge.

    Having said that, MCIT degree from UPenn is $25K, and would look way better on a resume, even for a compsec practitioner.
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  7. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Thanks guys (and Kiz)
  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Last I looked, you could download (i.e. steal) the entire text of the C.E.H program (illegally) from dark corners of the Internet - and the instruction videos as well. Perhaps doing that is some kind of hacker's entrance exam... :)
  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Imagine going to an exam centre and seeing the following on-screen:

    "Congratulations. Your final grade is 88%. You have successfully completed the Penetration Testing / White-hat Hacking Exam.
    You may now fake a log-on through the "back door" and steal your diploma...."

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