Top British Intelligence Agency, GCHQ, Recognizes EC-Council’s Certifi…


In a rare showcase of trust and confidence, GCHQ provided the GCT (GCHQ Certified Training) accreditation to EC-Council’s globally renowned Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) and Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) programs. This recognition is a feather in the cap for EC-Council’s much sought-after credentials, which are among the most comprehensive programs in the field of Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing.

Many intelligence agencies including the Pentagon, FBI, the US Army, and most Fortune 500 companies prefer the C|EH program to enhance the knowledge and skills of their security personnel. Over the years, more than 200,000 cyber professionals were trained and certified with what has become the standard norm for hiring authorities as well as security champions.

Another Recognition, Another Seal of Trust

The recent recognition by GCHQ was yet another top accreditation body providing its seal of trust to C|EH.

C|EH is also accredited by the American National Standard Institute and is a recognized certification for the DoD’s computer network defense Service Providers (CND-SP’s), a specialized personnel classification within the United States Department of Defense’s information assurance workforce among many other such recognitions.

Mapped to the Job Roles of Many Countries

The GCT is based on the industry-recognized and highly-respected IISP skills framework, which not only illustrates the array of skills required of information security professionals to succeed in their respective job roles, but also evaluates the precise quality of the program’s training and courseware against GCHQ’s standards.

The ECSA program includes a comprehensive step-by- step penetration testing methodology that improves upon the best from ISO 27001, OSSTMM, and NIST Standards. This program and the C|EH program is 100% compliant with the new NICE 2.0, CREST, and IISP skills frameworks, bringing real tangible benefits to employers.

This affirms EC-Council’s commitment to offering high-quality certification programs that are developed to help arm information security professionals with the right skills to safeguard the cyber world and achieve successful professional roles.

Jay Bavisi, Co-Founder and President of EC-Council commented, “GCHQ’s accreditation reflects not only our commitment to quality but, equally important, our approach to continuously improving as a learning organization to ensure that EC-Council has certified programs for each stage of an information security professional’s career.”

GCHQ is one of the three U.K. Intelligence and Security Agencies – beside MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ Certified Training (GCT) is an initiative in the U.K., aimed at reducing the cybersecurity skills shortage. It certifies cybersecurity training programs at two levels — awareness (creating a foundation in cybersecurity) and application (an in-depth study for professionals and specialists in the field) — to differentiate the highest quality of cybersecurity training from others. During the accreditation process, the training program’s course material, quality of trainers, and course administration is rigorously assessed.

Bavisi added, “We have worked extremely hard to meet the stringent requirements of the GCT, scrutinizing and challenging every aspect of our certification and training program. This has resulted in setting a benchmark of excellence, which gives our customers even more confidence in the quality of our certification.”

About EC-Council

EC-Council has been the world’s leading information-security certification body since the launch of their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of C|EH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), among others. EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world’s first global hacking competition. EC-Council Foundation also hosts a suite of conferences across the US and around the world including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, TakeDownCon, and CISO Summit. For more information about EC-Council, please visit



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