EC Council

Who They Are

International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council, is the world’s largest cyber security technical certification body. We operate in 145 countries globally and we are the owner and developer of the world-famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Testing (Practical) programs, among others. We are proud to have trained and certified over 200,000 information security professionals globally that have influenced the cyber security mindset of countless organizations worldwide

Sun-Commercial-Feb 11, 2017

The name of the game these days in the information technology field is “cyber security,” and a new partnership between Vincennes University and the world’s largest cyber-security certification organization will soon better equip graduates to thrive in that industry.

VU has joined forces with the International Council of eCommerce Consultants (EC-Council) to become an official accrediting training center, where Trailblazers pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in IT will be able to access EC-Council classes and obtain certifications for those subjects right here on campus.

The EC-Council offers a wide variety of certification programs, such as certified ethical hacker, computer hacking forensics investigator and certified security analyst. Starting this fall, some of those opportunities will be at VU students’ fingertips — and Greg Hirsch, assistant professor in the IT department, said that’s a game-changer.

“It’s going to give these students proof of professional achievement because it’s going to help them stand out in the crowd,” he said. “It’s going to increase their marketability and it will serve as a benchmark for their skill set and a way to prove competency.

Hirsch added that the certifications “should provide them with opportunities for advancement as well.

“It’s going to prove that they’re dedicated to their profession and competent as well — and if you can do those two things, you can be promoted.”

Hirsch added that if students get a job as an IT consultant, the credentials from the EC-Council courses will help build confidence in the customers they’ll serve.

“Basically, this certification puts our students on a level playing field with everyone else that would have this opportunity,” said Jaci Letterman, an assistant IT professor.

The partnership with the EC-Council gives VU’s IT department exclusive access to teach certification classes using the organization’s official training materials as well as the ability to proctor certification exams on campus.

This fall, just the semester-long certified ethical hacker and certified secure computer user courses will be available to VU students. Hirsch expects that the course offerings will grow to include even more programs.

Letterman also noted that eventually, VU will offer the certifications in a “hybrid capacity” as the university branches out and brings in different business and industry partners.

“It won’t be a typical 16-week schedule. We might offer things called ‘bootcamps,’ or little training sessions,” she said. “We have to be able to change it up. [Business and industry partners] won’t want to take a 16-week class, so we’ll offer them in a variety of methods and locations. They’ll be available online as well.”

The certified secure computer user course will also eventually be incorporated into multiple degree tracts, Letterman added, so that it will be open to anyone using a computer in any capacity.

“We’re covering the bases of all the users,” she said.

The idea to form the partnership originated with Hirsch, who spent 15 years as a network administrator working for both small and publicly-traded companies before he came to VU.

He obtained the ethical hacker certification through the EC-Council.

Hirsch had previously reached out to the organization’s academic director and last fall, during a convention Hirsch again connected with the academic director in person — and the idea sort of took off from there.

“We’d already started the wheels in motion to get this done, but things kind of solidified at the convention,” Hirsch said. “He seemed pretty devoted and very interested in helping us get everything in line to do this.”

Hirsch has basically been taking his industry knowledge, Letterman said, and applying it to VU’s curriculum so it reflects what’s in demand out there in the IT field.

“He’s taken it upon himself to get our curriculum up to industry standards, so that’s really how all of this evolved,” said Letterman, who worked in the IT field in different areas, from programming to executive IT management, for about 20 years. “That’s very important because other universities don’t offer this type of certification or have this partnership.

“That’s why this is such an important thing for VU.”

By adding the EC-Council certifications into the equation, VU students will be better prepared and better positioned to succeed beyond graduation and secure jobs in the IT field, Hirsch and Letterman said, which is sorely in need of qualified employees.

“There’s a shortage of IT professionals in the state of Indiana so we’re dedicated to developing that pipeline, which is another reason why we formed this partnership, to help fill the void in the marketplace,” Hirsch said.

The certification courses won’t be added to the course catalog for a few months but Hirsch suspects that they’ll be a huge hit with VU students, who just happen to have another unique IT resource already at their fingertips that will provide the perfect place for them to polish the skills they’ll learn in those courses.

The Cyber Data Center, located on the third floor of the Thomas W. Wathen Business Building, 1320 N. Second St., might look like your average computer lab, but it actually has its own network that’s isolated from VU.

“We have all the networking equipment that you’d find at a corporation, with our own internet connection,” Hirsch said. “So we have our own ‘sandbox’ here where students can try out their hacking and cyber-security skills on a real-life network. That’s something unique we offer that most colleges or universities don’t have.”

To learn more about VU’s IT department, which offers both bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs as well as a variety of clubs like the Cyber Crime Investigators, visit

To learn more about the EC-Council, whose certification programs are endorsed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and other federal agencies, visit

Vincennes University is partnering with EC Council to provide the following two certifications

Certified Ethical Hacking

The purpose of the CEH credential is to:

  1. Establish and govern minimum standards for credentialing professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures.
  2. Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum standards.
  3. Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession.

Certified Secure Computer User

The purpose of the CSCU training program is to provide individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to protect their information assets. This class will immerse students into an interactive environment where they will acquire a fundamental understanding of various computer and network security threats such as identity theft, credit card fraud, online banking phishing scams, virus and backdoors, emails hoaxes, sex offenders lurking online, loss of confidential information, hacking attacks and social engineering. More importantly, the skills learned from the class helps students take the necessary steps to mitigate their security exposure.