Ernst & Young Relaunches Extreme Hacking Classes; - Five Day 'Boot Camp' Gets Inside a Hacker's Mind - - Teaches Techniques and Defenses to Prevent Network Penetration -

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ernst & Young

    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Professional services firm Ernst &
 Young LLP today announced that it is about to launch a new, even more
 intensive, semester of its acclaimed eXtreme Hacking classes, which allow
 corporate information technology professionals to gain hands-on experience in
 how a hacker might attack and penetrate their network security systems.  Now
 in its fifth year, the firm's eXtreme Hacking classes are widely considered to
 be among the best host and network security attack and penetration training
 classes offered in the country.
     The new semester will begin in May and run through early fall.  Classes,
 which the firm calls a "five-day boot camp in information security," are led
 by members of the firm's information security practice, many of whom formerly
 held significant computer security positions with various government agencies,
 and typically take place at one of Ernst & Young's state-of-the-art e-risk
 solutions centers, located in Houston (May 21-25), New York (June 11-15),
 Vienna, VA (June 25-29), Chicago (July 30-August 3) and Irvine, Calif. (August
 20-24).
     Classes can also be presented on-site for individual entities with 18 or
 more participants.  While the curriculum focuses on Windows NT, Windows 2000
 and Unix systems, sessions can be tailored for other platforms upon request.
     At the five-day course, participants are provided with a high-performance
 workstation including all the necessary tools typically employed to break into
 a system.  The classes present a methodical approach for understanding the
 tools and tactics used by a hacker to corrupt network security, ranging from
 brute force approaches to software applications to crack passwords to "Trojan
 horses" and the use of "social engineering" techniques.  Approximately half
 the class time is spent conducting hands-on exercises incorporating these and
 other cutting-edge techniques.  At the end of the classes participants are
 presented with defensive solutions to ward off these types of attacks.
     "If you are going to prevent a security threat you must learn to think
 like a hacker," said Sajay Rai, Americas Leader for Security and Technology
 Solutions at Ernst & Young LLP.  "It's really no longer a question of will
 someone try to attack your network, but when and with what result.  The more
 organizations know and understand their network related risks and
 vulnerabilities and how a hacker might exploit them, the better equipped
 they'll be to protect valuable and sensitive information.  And increasingly
 that data is the lifeblood of the enterprise," continued Mr. Rai.
     Due to the curriculum's hands-on approach and the information covered
 class sizes are limited and a strong working knowledge of TCP/IP and
 familiarity with both NT and Unix Operating Systems is a prerequisite.  As a
 result, enrollment in the classes requires prior approval from Ernst & Young.
 The classes cost $5,000 per participant.  Further information and registration
 for the course can be found at http://www.ey.com/security .
 
     Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, helps clients to
 quickly and confidently make financial decisions designed to enhance value.
 Its 77,000 people in more than 130 countries have the industry and financial
 experience to provide fresh perspectives on operating in the new economy.
 Ernst & Young offers traditional audit and tax services, as well as customized
 services in corporate finance, online security, risk management, the valuation
 of intangibles and e-business acceleration.  In addition, legal services are
 available in various parts of the world where permitted.  A collection of
 Ernst & Young's latest ideas on the new economy can be found at
 http://www.ey.com/thoughtcenter .
     Ernst & Young refers to the U.S. firm of Ernst & Young LLP and other
 members of the global Ernst & Young organization.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Professional services firm Ernst &
 Young LLP today announced that it is about to launch a new, even more
 intensive, semester of its acclaimed eXtreme Hacking classes, which allow
 corporate information technology professionals to gain hands-on experience in
 how a hacker might attack and penetrate their network security systems.  Now
 in its fifth year, the firm's eXtreme Hacking classes are widely considered to
 be among the best host and network security attack and penetration training
 classes offered in the country.
     The new semester will begin in May and run through early fall.  Classes,
 which the firm calls a "five-day boot camp in information security," are led
 by members of the firm's information security practice, many of whom formerly
 held significant computer security positions with various government agencies,
 and typically take place at one of Ernst & Young's state-of-the-art e-risk
 solutions centers, located in Houston (May 21-25), New York (June 11-15),
 Vienna, VA (June 25-29), Chicago (July 30-August 3) and Irvine, Calif. (August
 20-24).
     Classes can also be presented on-site for individual entities with 18 or
 more participants.  While the curriculum focuses on Windows NT, Windows 2000
 and Unix systems, sessions can be tailored for other platforms upon request.
     At the five-day course, participants are provided with a high-performance
 workstation including all the necessary tools typically employed to break into
 a system.  The classes present a methodical approach for understanding the
 tools and tactics used by a hacker to corrupt network security, ranging from
 brute force approaches to software applications to crack passwords to "Trojan
 horses" and the use of "social engineering" techniques.  Approximately half
 the class time is spent conducting hands-on exercises incorporating these and
 other cutting-edge techniques.  At the end of the classes participants are
 presented with defensive solutions to ward off these types of attacks.
     "If you are going to prevent a security threat you must learn to think
 like a hacker," said Sajay Rai, Americas Leader for Security and Technology
 Solutions at Ernst & Young LLP.  "It's really no longer a question of will
 someone try to attack your network, but when and with what result.  The more
 organizations know and understand their network related risks and
 vulnerabilities and how a hacker might exploit them, the better equipped
 they'll be to protect valuable and sensitive information.  And increasingly
 that data is the lifeblood of the enterprise," continued Mr. Rai.
     Due to the curriculum's hands-on approach and the information covered
 class sizes are limited and a strong working knowledge of TCP/IP and
 familiarity with both NT and Unix Operating Systems is a prerequisite.  As a
 result, enrollment in the classes requires prior approval from Ernst & Young.
 The classes cost $5,000 per participant.  Further information and registration
 for the course can be found at http://www.ey.com/security .
 
     Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, helps clients to
 quickly and confidently make financial decisions designed to enhance value.
 Its 77,000 people in more than 130 countries have the industry and financial
 experience to provide fresh perspectives on operating in the new economy.
 Ernst & Young offers traditional audit and tax services, as well as customized
 services in corporate finance, online security, risk management, the valuation
 of intangibles and e-business acceleration.  In addition, legal services are
 available in various parts of the world where permitted.  A collection of
 Ernst & Young's latest ideas on the new economy can be found at
 http://www.ey.com/thoughtcenter .
     Ernst & Young refers to the U.S. firm of Ernst & Young LLP and other
 members of the global Ernst & Young organization.
 
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