Selsius™ Corporate & Career Training of Southwestern Illinois College is now offering the ECSA Pentest Bootcamp for cybersecurity professionals. To learn more about the benefits to becoming ESCA certified, instructor, Daniel "Doc" Sewell of Alpine Security has provided answers to common questions about the ESCA boot camp training program.
What does the ESCA course cover?
The Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH)
course introduced students to the methods and tools used by real
"black-hat hackers" to attack computer systems. The ECSA
certification covers many of the same topics as the CEH, but it does so much
more in depth. The ECSA Penetration Testing methodology is introduced to
give students a structured, rigorous framework that they can follow for their
own penetration tests. The course also includes the necessary knowledge
for negotiating and documenting contracts with customers for penetration tests.
Who benefits from ESCA training?
The ECSA is a great next-step beyond CEH for professional penetration
testers or those who will be managing them. The ECSA prepares the student
for roles such as Lead Penetration Tester and Red-Team Manager.
Why is ESCA training important?
Knowledge is good, but being able to apply that knowledge to real-world
scenarios is even more important. The ECSA's hands-on component
demonstrate that the student has the ability to take the knowledge of
penetration testing concepts and use and adapt them in a real penetration test,
to help their customers find and fix the holes in their security before the bad
What are the benefits of having ECSA Certification?
EC Council is known around the world as a provider of solid cyber
security training. The CEH is recognized and required for many cyber security
jobs, such as those in the US government and the US military. The ECSA
certification demonstrates that the holder has the proven ability to apply
penetration testing knowledge to real-world scenarios.
What do you have to do to get certified?
The ECSA is a five-day course that is
about 50% lecture and demonstration and about 50% hands-on. The course
includes 30 days of iLabs Cyber Range access, which allows the students to
practice techniques in a safe, legal environment, which can be accessed
anywhere with Internet access from a web browser. In order to be allowed
to take the written exam (a four-hour, 150 question exam, 70% passing score
required), the student will be required to complete twelve
"challenges," which are designed to mimic a real penetration test.
The student will then complete a realistic penetration test report on the
challenges. Once the student passes the hands-on challenges, then he or
she will be allowed to schedule the written examination. When the student
passes the written examination, then he or she will be awarded the ECSA
Daniel "Doc" Sewell's Bio
Daniel "Doc" Sewell works as a Senior Cyber Security Engineer
for Alpine Security in Fairview Heights, Illinois. He currently holds
nine security-related certifications, including EC Council Certified Security
Analyst (ECSA), Offensive Security Certified Professional
(OSCP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and
Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP). Doc has many
years of experience in software development, working on web interfaces, database
applications, thick-client GUIs, battlefield simulation software, automated
aircraft scheduling systems, embedded systems, and multi-threaded CPU and GPU
applications. Doc's cybersecurity experience includes penetration
testing a fighter jet embedded system, penetration testing medical lab devices,
creating phishing emails and fake web sites for social engineering engagements,
and teaching security courses to world-renowned organizations such as Lockheed
Martin and the Hong Kong Police Department. Doc's hobbies and interests
include home networking, operating systems, computer gaming, reading, movie
watching, and traveling.
Interested in earning your ESCA Certification?
Individuals can register for the ESCA training online or by calling 618-222-5688. Training can also be offered to employee groups. For more information on training your employees, contact us or call 618-222-5202.