A Mexico-based distance learning company, founded in 2006 is offering a master’s degree program in security science. EC-Council hopes to set a standard by which one could decide what you need to be considered a true ethical hacker. This problem occurs when people, applying for high-level IT security positions, have varying levels of skills. The school claims that the initial class of “ethical hacker master’s” program attracted 150 candidates, of whom only six were accepted. The program is said to have taken roughly two years to put together and gain accreditation from the appropriate educational bodies.
Candidates must complete six electives to qualify for the degree, along with a master's thesis, with the option to choose courses from a list that includes security analysis, secure network management, vulnerability assessment, cyberlaw, principles of e-business security, project management, penetration testing, disaster recovery, secure programming, and wireless networking. And then, $21,000 and about one to three years later you could pop a bottle of bubbly to your master’s degree.