CEH Hall of Fame Annual Report
The EC Council has just published a report and as a member of the EC Council CEH Hall of Fame, I am thrilled to share with you that I am part of this report:
A Glimpse into the C|EH Hall of Fame Annual Report 2021
Bridging the cybersecurity skills gap and creating life-changing career opportunities:
The Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) Hall of Fame Annual Report 2021 highlights the importance of training and certification—specifically, EC-Council’s C|EH program—in building a talent pool to fill the numerous (and vital) available positions in the cybersecurity sector. It also emphasizes the role of skills development in increasing job satisfaction among those already working in the field. The right training increases the supply of new entrants into the cybersecurity job market and encourages the retention of indispensable mid- and upper-tier professionals by opening doors to exciting and promising career specializations.
Each year, EC-Council acknowledges the top achievers in the C|EH program. Those who receive a score of 90% or higher on the C|EH certification exam are invited to apply for nomination to the C|EH Hall of Fame. These participants are much more than a group of talented ethical hackers: They represent a new ray of hope in the fight to reverse current global threat trends by narrowing the cybersecurity skills gap.
The C|EH Hall of Fame nominees and finalists have each made positive individual contributions to mitigating cyberthreats, in addition to inspiring others through their teaching, mentorship, and example. They play a pivotal leadership role in increasing the number of well-prepared applicants eligible for cybersecurity job vacancies worldwide.
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Leaders of the Ethical Hacking Community 2021
This report would not be possible without the generosity of the 2021 C|EH Hall of Fame nominees and finalists in sharing their experiences and perspectives on their personal cybersecurity journeys. We are grateful for their contributions, which have proven invaluable for this analysis.
Cyber adversaries have been stepping up their efforts to compromise the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of data belonging to organizations, governments, and individuals all
over the world. To meet the growing threat, a workforce with the right knowledge and skills is essential. However, just when more and better-trained professionals are needed, the cybersecurity skills gap has widened.
This report highlights the importance of training and certification—specifically, the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) program offered by EC-Council—in growing a cybersecurity talent pool to fill the hundreds of thousands of vital positions that remain open today. It also highlights the role of skills training for increasing job satisfaction of those working in the field. The right training not only increases the supply of new entrants but also encourages the retention of indispensable middle- and uppertier professionals by opening doors to exciting and lucrative career specializations.
To close the skills gap, cybersecurity training is essential.
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- Cyberthreats are increasing in volume and sophistication, exacerbating skill shortage globally
- Demand for cybersecurity talent far exceeds supply
- To close the skills gap, cybersecurity certification is essential
- Cybersecurity certifications are essential in closing the industry’s skills gap
- C|EH builds skills that help thwart ransomware
- C|EH certification opens doors to government careers
- C|EH builds communities
- The hands-on C|EH training improves job readiness
- C|EH-certified professionals have extensive industry experience
- C|EH certification boosts hiring and salary potential
Hall of Fame 2021
- 3500+ Applicants
- 900 Finalists
- 100 Awardees
- 59 Countries
Each year, EC-Council recognizes the top performers of the C|EH program—those who score 90% and above on the C|EH certification exam. The top performers receive an invitation to apply to the C|EH Hall of Fame.
In 2021, out of thousands of applications, 1,000 cybersecurity professionals were shortlisted for the first round. From that pool of finalists, only 100 professionals were inducted into the EC-Council Hall of Fame based on their capabilities, achievements, career growth, and contributions to the community.
The 2021 C|EH Hall of Fame nominees and finalists represent 59 countries spread across the globe . These participants are much more than a group of talented ethical
hackers. They represent a new hope in the battle to reverse current global threat trends by narrowing the cybersecurity skills gap. C|EH Hall of Fame nominees and finalists not only make positive individual contributions toward mitigating cyberthreats but also inspire others through their teaching, mentorship, and example. They play a pivotal leadership role in increasing the number of well-prepared applicants for cybersecurity job vacancies around the world.
The C|EH Hall of Fame 2021 nominees are employed at:
Comodo 🙂 , Standard Charted Bank, Microsoft, IBM , Dell, pwc, HP, Amazon. Deloitte , Oracle, CitiBank and more
“I led a team of phenomenal cybersecurity and fraud experts to identify a significant threat actor, mitigate the actor’s operations, protect the ecosystem from attacks, and contribute to the takedown of the threat actor’s operations in 2020.”
David Capezza, Senior Director,
Visa Payment Systems Intelligence, Hall of Fame finalist
“I analyzed a few malware samples related to Covid-19 and then hosted a webinar to show the audience members how to improve their cyber resilience against advanced cyberthreats.”
Senior Security Consultant at an information management solutions firm, Hall of Fame nominee
“Our firm was hit with a ransomware attack in 2017. Because of my C|EH training, I was able to quickly identify the root cause of the attack and then mitigate, remediate, and harden the network.”
CTO at an asset management firm, C|EH Hall of Fame finalist
“I have expanded my knowledge of computer hacking and forensics broadly, as a result, I was able to more securely protect my organization infrastructure.”
CIO at a global risk management organization. 2021 Hall of Fame nominee
“C|EH equipped me to direct the recovery from a ransomware incident in just a few hours without making any ransomware payment. He was also able to provide the FBI with forensic data in the form of correlated logs.”
IT administrator for a municipality, Hall of Fame finalist.
“Using the technical know-how I gained through CEH, I was able to understand risk factors and develop attack vectors/exploits. Using those exploits, I discovered important vulnerabilities
in the healthcare domain which helped in minimizing risk.”
Senior security engineer at a multinational software company, 2021 Hall of Fame finalist.
“Becoming a C|EH Master has given me the belief that I can progress further in the cybersecurity industry and inspired me to go further with my professional qualifications, hopefully enabling me to attain CREST accreditation.”
Network security and resilience manager for a large ATM deployer, 2021 Hall of Fame finalist
- The C|EH ranks in the top 10 most widely recognized, important, and required certifications for both beginning and established cybersecurity professionals.
(Datamation (Kime, 2022))
- 79% of C|EHs reported a salary increase of more than 20% compared with their peers.
- 84% of IT employers who responded to a survey released in February 2020 considered cybersecurity certifications like the C|EH to be the gold standard when hiring.
- 50% of C|EH Hall of Fame nominees and finalists work in the IT industry
- The C|EH was ranked fourth in an opinion poll ISCN conducted of its 90,000 LinkedIn members on the 50 leading cybersecurity industry certifications and courses
- 21% of C|EHs reported a salary advantage of at least 40% over their peers.
Learn how EC-Coucil’s C|EH program helps bridge the skill gap by enabling cybersecurity professionals to tackle securit vulnerablities and oversights.
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EC-Council Announces Hall of Fame for Ethical Hackers
After receiving thousands of applications, EC-Council, the world’s leading global ethical hacking certification body, has announced the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Hall of Fame of 2021, listed the 100 awardees across the globe.
EC-Council, the world’s leading ethical hacking certification body, has announced the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Hall of Fame of 2021, listed the top 100 awardees across the globe. The Hall of Fame celebrates some of the most accomplished Certified Ethical Hackers, helping organizations with cybersecurity teams access the best talent worldwide and benchmark their teams’ capability against the best in the industry.
The top 100 members of the CEH Hall of Fame of 2021 have been selected based on their professional achievements and community contributions. All EC-Council members holding a CEH certification with at least a 90% score were invited to apply. However, making it to the Hall of Fame required more than just passing the CEH exam. A selection committee carefully reviewed applications based on their accomplishments with a critical focus on their contribution to society, career transformation story, and role in the organization where they are employed.
“We believe that positive role models are extremely important in today’s world and that our best and brightest CEH certification holders should be held up for others to emulate,” said Jay Bavisi, CEO of EC-Council Group. “This program is all about highlighting the fact that experience and contribution to the industry are just as important as education excellence.”
The 17-year-old Certified Ethical Hacker program has enthralled the cybersecurity community worldwide, gaining the respect and acceptance of various cyber-defense forces, and is recognized by the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, USAF, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), British National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and many other elite defense bodies. About half of Fortune 500 enterprises have CEHs as part of their cybersecurity teams. Now in its 11th version, the CEH is still one of the most in-demand IT certifications in the world for 2021.
“I used the CEH knowledge to help uncover vulnerabilities in our platform. I also used the same knowledge to help review architecture designs for flaws prior to implementation. My recent accomplishments include building a secure IoT device management as a service platform in the cloud,” said Brad Bitterman, Cybersecurity Lead at Lenovo, USA.
“As a Certified Ethical Hacker, I am comfortable testing and understanding attacks. And with great power comes great responsibility. It is our moral duty to continue learning, testing, trying hard, understanding, to help our customers, friends and families. I worked with CEH methodology and skills before trying to obtain the certification. I self-studied CND and then CEH. EC-Council trainings have been recognized during my professional interviews,” said Natacha Bakir, the CEH Hall of Fame Awardee who works for HP, France.
Another awardee, Nikos Vrakas, Cloud Solution Specialist at IBM, Greece, said that “During the pandemic, I used my skills to highlight the importance of implementing secure remote access solutions to various companies. The amount of knowledge transferred through CEH is intriguing on its own. The hands-on engagements and the fact that you are exploiting real vulnerabilities arises your interest to try more, harder, and with more passion and dedication!”
Each awardee will receive a certificate of honor and a benefits package to attempt the Certified Penetration Tester Professional (CPENT) exam. To view the CEH Hall of Fame 2021 Awardees, visit https://www.eccouncil.org/ceh-hall-of-fame-winners-2021/.
EC-Council’s sole purpose is to build and refine the cybersecurity profession globally. We help individuals, organizations, educators, and governments address global workforce problems through the development and curation of world-class cybersecurity education programs and their corresponding certifications and provide cybersecurity services to some of the largest businesses globally.
Natcha Bakir, the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, NATO, and over 2,000 of the best Universities, Colleges, and Training Companies, our programs have proliferated through over 140 Countries and have set the bar in cybersecurity education. Best known for the Certified Ethical Hacker program, we are dedicated to equipping over 230,000 information age soldiers with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to fight and win against the black hat adversaries.
EC-Council is an ANSI 17024 accredited organization and has earned recognition by the DoD under Directive 8140/8570, in the U.K. by the GCHQ, and a variety of other authoritative bodies that influence the entire profession. Founded in 2001, EC-Council employs over 400 people worldwide with 10 global offices in the USA, Canada, U.K., Malaysia, Singapore, India, and Indonesia.
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Every year, EC-Council honors a select group of our CEH certified members by inducting a group into the CEH Hall of Fame. It is our chance to honor the best and brightest among our global community. This is a by invitation-only recognition program.
This coveted honor is not for the mediocre. Only current EC-Council members who scored at least 90% on the CEH exam are invited to apply for the Hall of Fame.
EC-Council has a growing alumni of certification holders who have used their education excellence and experience to not only become successful, but to positively contribute to society. We believe that positive role models are extremely important in today’s world and that our best and brightest should be held up for others to emulate.
Candidates are invited to apply annually and applications are presented to the CEH Hall of Fame selection committee. The committee carefully reviews the applications based on their accomplishments, contribution to society, their career transformation story, and their role in the organization where they are employed. The 2021 inductees into the CEH Hall of Fame will be featured on the CEH Hall of Fame Leader board.
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