Practice makes perfect – using iLabs to teach Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

During the creation of our newly launched Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training course, we spent some time with the EC-Council and were delighted to hear the course uses their unique iLabs virtual environment.

EC-Council iLabs allows students to dynamically access a host of virtual machines preconfigured with vulnerabilities, exploits, tools and scripts from anywhere with an Internet connection. The VMs are housed inside a learning environment that provide students with direct guidance, learning objectives, exercises and tasks as well as advanced feedback models like alerts, recommendations, screen shots and short video tutorials.

Access to the EC-Council iLabs allows students to practise their skills in a safe and fully functional network at any time. These tools are used in supervised and group exercises throughout the course and are also available to students on a 24/7 basis for self-study and further preparation before taking the difficult Certified Ethical Hacker v9 exam.

It was interesting to hear from the EC-Council that it is their view that delegates who take the exam several days after completing the CEH course have a better chance of passing first time than those students who take the exam on the last day of a ‘boot camp’ style, five-day session. We have taken them at their word and we are now offering our delegates access to iLabs for a period of six months after the course.

Using iLabs supports our mission to deliver a course taught by an experienced penetration tester (one of our own!) that is designed to teach the practical skills of ethical hacking as well as preparing students for the exam. This is common of all the courses in our training portfolio that use a practitioner-led approach underpinned by the achievement of an industry recognised ISO 17024-certificated qualification.

Our next Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) training course is scheduled to run in London on 16 – 20 January 2016.