The motto for the Certified Ethical Hacker training is “if you want to beat the attackers, you’ve got to think like a hacker.” However, in order to achieve that goal, you’ve got to take CEH training or seek approval to take the exam. While CEH Version 6.1 is the current training, CEH Version 7 will be its ultimate replacement in late March 2011. As it stands, the course material is very similar, but Version 7 will be implementing more modules than its previous counterpart. As with all CEH training, real networks are not used, but candidates use the knowledge given to them to secure the system from incoming threats. The v7 courseware and exam both feature new, updated material, enhanced slides for instructors, newer more advanced exploits and exploitation tactics and more.
CEH Version 6.1 features over 20 modules, which may or may not appear on the final certification exam. This is another primary difference between Version 6 and Version 7, the introduction of more than 40 modules. While the majority of these modules appeared on the CEH Version 6.1 exam, Version 7 implements only a few on the exam. This makes it even tougher; however, all of the information learned is vital in protecting the system.
While CEH Version 7 will continue with previous content such as network surveying, service identification and competitive intelligence, Version 7 will introduce new threats, which also includes Bluetooth hacking. While it will be covered in the material, it most likely will not appear on the exam. More details to follow.
QUESTION UPDATE: The question we received via comment was will the Version 6 CEH exam be available after the v7 comes out. I sent that question to one of the high ups for North American Ops for EC-Council. He responded that it will likely carry about a 6 month overlap.