US Department of Defense endorses EC-Council’s C|CISO and C|HFI under the DoD directive 8140

Our partner, EC-Council (the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants) has announced the endorsement of two of their certifications by the US Department of Defense (DoD) under the DoD directive 8140.  Both Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI) have been approved as baseline certifications for the US DoD Information Assurance workforce and now are part of the compliance framework, mandatory for DoD officials. 

C|CISO is now a recognised certification for the DoD IAM Level II, IAM Level III, and CSSP Manager, and the C|HFI is now a baseline certification for the CSSP Incident Responder. All of these are specialised cyber management personnel classifications within the DoD’s Information Assurance workforce.

The DoD Directive 8140 provides guidance and an outline for information assurance training, certifications and workforce management across the DoD, applying to:

  • Office of the Secretary of Defense | OSD
  • Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff | CJCS
  • Combatant Commands
  • Office if the Inspector General of the DoD | IG DoD
  • Defense Agencies
  • Combatant Commands
  • DoD Field Activities
  • All Military Departments
  • All organisational entities within the DoD, collectively “DoD components.”

The directive for the cybersecurity workforce is divided into four categories: Information Assurance Technician, Information Assurance Manager (IAM), Information Assurance Architect and Engineering (IAAE), and Cyber Security Service Providers (CSSP).C|CISO has been added to the list of certifications for the IAM and CSSP, whereas the C|HFI has been added to the CSSP Incident Responder classifications.

C|CISO and C|HFI training and certifications support the DoD Directive 8140, which replaced the earlier DoD Directive 8570. This was replaced to create an improved baseline for the critical skills needed in today’s cybersecurity framework. As well as, outline the requirements for bridging the technology skills gap, especially important for defence personnel.

The major change initiated with the DoD Directive 8140 was the introduction of the  National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) training framework.  The NICE framework heavily relies on the importance of hands-on “live fire” training.

The NICE framework is split into seven categories: security provision, operate and maintain, protect and defend, analyse, collect and operate, oversee and govern, and investigate.  The aim of NICE is to promote nationwide initiatives that increase the number of professionals with the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform the tasks required for cybersecurity work.[1]

Jay Bavisi, CEO, EC-Council Group said;

“C|CISO and C|HFI are valuable additions to Department of Defense Directive 8140. CCISO and its five domains, governance, risk management, project management, core competencies, and strategic management, complement the learning objectives of the cybersecurity workforce of the US government. C|HFI brings a forensically sound approach to systems auditing, investigation, and incident response. These are critical skills across the DoD IA workforce and we are proud to support the military workforce upskilling with our programs.”[2]

We at SkillsFox, a Learning People company, offer businesses a wide range of EC-Council courses and certifications, including C|CISO and C|HFI. With our industry-leading content, customer success team and client-focused approach and training framework, we support your business goals through supporting your team members. Our mission is to equip your team members with the real-life skills they need to drive results.

Inclusive of EC-Council, we are partnered with many training leaders in Information Security, IT, Project Management, Business, Leadership, and Compliance. Find out more.

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