EC-Council’s Jay Bavisi Receives the NSA 2013 Colloquium Industry Leadership Award

June 27, 2013

Bita Beigishah

EC-Council ATCAs an EC-Council accredited training center, we here at Phoenix TS are pleased to learn that EC-Council president and co-founder, Jay Bavisi has been awarded the National Security Agency (NSA) 2013 Colloquium Industry Leadership Award!

The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) Conference

Bavisi accepted the award at the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Award Ceremony during the 17th annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) Conference. The Colloquium was held June 10th – 12th at the University of South Alabama’s campus in Mobile Bay, Alabama.

The Colloquium is held every year to recognize and honor one exceptional person from Academia, Industry and Government, respectively. Bavisi is this year’s Industry Award recipient.

The National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (NCISSE) was founded in 1996 to both promote information security education and provide a forum for experts in academia, industry and government to meet and discuss new ideas for information security education.

In June 2002, it sought more global membership and changed its name to The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (or The Colloquium, for short). It has now become the leading advocate for information assurance education. Its main focus is on undergraduate and graduate education programs, but also includes education and certification at the professional level as well.

Jay Bavisi and EC-Council

Bavisi received the award for his leadership in the cyber security industry and in information assurance education, which teaches people how to ensure that sensitive information stays safe in cyberspace. Additionally, the award recognizes him for his guidance in developing cyber competitions in information assurance, such as the Global CyberLympics competition (more on that later).

Furthermore, he is known for his work with The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) in creating and developing the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) and Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) certification programs; all of which are explained briefly below.

CHFI certification teaches you how to move forward after a cyber attack. This program provides you with skills to gather evidence against a hacker and take legal action.

CEH certification teaches you how to essentially think like a hacker and get into a computer system. The idea is to use the same tools and techniques a hacker would, but for an organization’s benefit: to prevent a real hacker from gaining access to the system and compromising any secure information.

ECSA/LPT certification provides you with skills similar to those of an ethical hacker but in a more analytical way. It shows you the consequences of utilizing pen testing tools in terms of identifying and mitigating risk. The LPT certification, which a professional can apply for after successfully gaining the CEH and ECSA certifications, is considered the most prestigious accreditation in the ethical hacking industry.

Bavisi is behind all these programs and is the reason jobs in these fields are in such high demand.

Keynote Speaker

In addition to receiving the award, Bavisi was also the keynote speaker at the Colloquium. His opening presentation titled “The Cyber Security Quagmire: Finding the Panacea” informed everyone about the information security industry’s achievements, failures, and future solutions for the cyber security industry to put into action.

Interestingly enough, the cyber security industry is using the pharmaceutical industry and its fight against diseases as inspiration to create unique and innovative remedies for cyber defense.

The EC-Council Foundation

The award also recognizes Bavisi for his work with the EC-Council Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to worldwide cyber defense. It organizes the Global CyberLympics, a competition designed to find the best cyber defense teams in the areas of ethical hacking and computer network defense; not surprisingly, Bavisi is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee.

On top of that, Bavisi collaborated with the EC-Council Foundation to announce a $350,000 grant to the Wounded Warrior Program aimed at training injured soldiers to fight on a virtual battlefield as cyber warriors. It will also build over 100 schools in North America with the backing and encouragement to launch cyber security awareness curricula for students in kindergarten through 12th grade called “Live. Learn. Secure.”

Jay Bavisi is very deserving of this award. Please join us in celebrating his achievement and spreading the news about all the notable work he has done in the field of cyber security. 

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