National Credential
Credential: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council)

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in networks and/or computer systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker upon request from an organization. The certification is for individuals who are responsible for securing (or testing the security of) computer networks. The CEH is appropriate for security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators, and others who may be concerned about the integrity of their organizations network infrastructure. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of Information Security related work experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Navy$ Gap Analysis LaDR
Enlisted CTN-Cryptologic Technician Networks Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF All Source Analysis Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF Cyber Defense Analysis Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF Cyber Operations Planning Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF Digital Forensics Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF Incident Response Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF Investigation Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF Threat Analysis Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted/Officer Cyber IT/CSWF Vulnerability Assessment and Management Out of Rate/Designator Assignment some  Navy Bucks    
Officer 181X - Cryptologic Warfare Officer Designator most      
Officer 184X - Cyber Warfare Engineer Designator most      
Officer 681X - Cryptologic Warfare LDO Designator most      
Officer 781X - Cryptologic Warfare Technician CWO Designator most      
Officer 784X - Cyber Warrant Officer CWO Designator most      

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This Credential has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. This credential may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements.

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Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council)
101C Sun Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM  87109
Phone: (505) 922-2882
Fax: (505) 341-0050
Email: Johanna.pirolo@eccouncil.org

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Candidates must have a minimum of two years of work experience in the Information Security domain and should be able to provide a proof of the same as validated through the application process unless the candidate attends official training.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Candidates who do not attend the Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Course must submit a CEH Exam Eligibility Application Form and obtain authorization from EC-Council before attempting the exam.

  • Background (22%)
    • Network and Communication Technologies
    • Information Security Threats and Attack Vector
    • Information Security Technologies
  • Analysis/Assessment (13%)
    • Information Security Assessment and Analysis
    • Information Security Assessment Process
  • Security (24%)
    • Information Security Controls
    • Information Security Attack Detection
    • Information Security Attack Prevention
  • Tools/Systems/Programs (29%)
    • Information Security Systems
    • Information Security Programs
    • Information Security Tools
  • Procedures/Methodology (9%)
    • Information Security Procedures
    • Information Security Assessment Methodologies
  • Regulation/Policy (2%)
    • Information Security Policies/Laws/ Acts
  • Ethics (2%)
    • Ethics of Information Security

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Once earned, the CEH is valid for three years.  Certification holders must earn EC-Council Continuing Education Credits (ECE) to maintain the certification.  More details can be found on the EC-Council website.