Ethical Hacking Leaderboard



QUARTER 4 October 2022


To feature on the leaderboard, you will have to pass both, the CEH knowledge-based MCQ (v8 and above) and the CEH Practical exam, thereby attaining the CEH (Master) credential. Scoring is based on the marks obtained and time taken to pass the exam. Efficiency is the key.

Simply put, the faster and more accurate you are, the better your CEH (Master) score is bound to be. Since the CEH (Master) credential is a validation of ethical hacking prowess of a candidate, more weightage is given to the practical exam, due to its 6 hour rigorous challenge, which actually puts a candidate through a live security audit challenge, as if they were an ethical hacker on the job.

We have incorporated weighted scoring components comprised of both score and time to complete to derive our scoreboard leaders.

Our leaderboard algorithm calculates 4 elements, Scores earned in both the CEH knowledge exam and the CEH Practical, as well as time to complete on both exams. Because this is the CEH Master Leaderboard, we hold a higher weightage on the Practical Score than on the Knowledge exam score. Actual leaderboard algorithm weightage is as follows.

MCQ Score =28.6%
MCQ Time = 14.29%
Practical Score = 42.86%
Practical Time = 14.29%

(Note: Placement on the CEH Master Leaderboard has no bearing on certification status, pass or fail, candidates appearing on the leaderboard achieved a combination of the highest scores possible in the fastest time possible in comparison to other CEH Masters appearing on the Leaderboard)

Being featured on the Global Ethical Hacking leaderboard is a privilege. Members receive wide coverage and cognizance from the cybersecurity community. You have now set the bar and it just got higher!

To speak to our specialized career consultant on how to feature on the leaderboard


Alessandro Rizzolini

How did you get involved with cybersecurity as a career?
I work for a smart-metering company. We produce electricity meters and develop firm- and software. In Switzerland, we have a new law that all intelligent meters must meet. It is about the security and integrity of the devices. This was when I decided that I should pursue cybersecurity as a career.
Why did you attain the CEH (Master) certification?
As the CEH is a more theoretical exam, it was clear to me that I also want to achieve the more practical master’s exam. The CEH is the first step that I made for my long-term goal: the LPT. I am now training for the ECSA and ECSA Practical exams.
What skills did the CEH (Master) program provide to you?
I learned tons of things! A lot of essential tools for security testing. This included the whole chain of information gathering, scanning, enumeration, exploitation, and so forth. It was amusing.
How was your experience with the EC-Council courseware and training material?
It was nice to see that the iLabs had more to provide. It is an excellent platform for exercising with the tools. Also, the technical support from the EC-Councils support team was exceptional.
What tool or topic from the training would you use on a day-to-day basis?
NMAP, NMAP, NMAP! I use it every day. It is so powerful and easy to use once you know the parameters. Other tools are MSF console, Nikto, and many more.
What is your advice for people interested in getting into cybersecurity as a career?
Just start and do it! Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Read a lot of online material, books, and watch a lot of online videos. Then begin to exercise in your lab, the private home network.
Why did you opt for CEH (Master) and not Pentest+ or OSCP?
I would not exclude that I will go for some other certification when I have achieved the LPT. But for the moment, the EC-Council provides step-by-step certification. I have time. I can do everything at my pace. And it fits perfectly into my working- and family life.
How did the CEH (Master) make a difference in your career path?
I did learn a lot, and I am still at the very beginning, in my opinion. I get great support from EC-Council. I feel more confident in topics about cybersecurity. It is a fascinating field of IT and Technology. I love it. With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, I am still hungry to learn more every single day.

Chelson Chong

How did you get involved with cybersecurity as a career?
I got into cybersecurity as a career due to sheer curiosity and passion for Digital Forensics. I have been interested in digital forensics and was looking through various courses when cybersecurity appeared, which sparked my curiosity and pushed me to pursue it further.
Why did you attain the CEH (Master) certification?
Attaining CEH (Master) certification is a steppingstone for me to build confidence in the technical skills I possess. I will now slowly pursue more advanced certifications.
What skills did the CEH (Master) program provide to you?
One of the most important skill that the CEH (Master) program has provided me is the cyber kill chain methodology, which provides an understanding of the stages of a cyberattack from reconnaissance to exfiltration of data. This aids an Ethical Hacker to identify, prepare to attack, engage, and destroy the target.
How was your experience with the EC-Council courseware and training material?
My experience was great! EC-Council has given a lot of courseware and training material for us to practice.
What tool or techniques from the training would you use on a day-to-day basis?
Some of the tools and techniques that I use are scanning, Nmap, Sparta, Wireshark. These are used primarily to scan networks and find abnormalities. The other tools that I use, like Acronis and Ease US, are handy for backups.
What's your advice for people interested in getting into cybersecurity as a career?
My advice for people would be not to be daunted by cybersecurity. Yes, it is a big topic and one with lots of responsibilities. But with hard work and perseverance, I am sure you can do it!
Why did you opt for CEH (Master) and not Pentest+ or OSCP?
I always believe that everyone starts off crawling, and slowly learn to walk and run. Hence, I felt that the EC-Council certification path was a more structured way for me to start my certification routes, from learning the theory (CEH theory) to then slowly advancing to practical skills CEH (Master).
How did the CEH (Master) make a difference in your career path?
Getting CEH (Master) was an accomplishment for me! It has boosted my confidence as I pursue further into the field of cybersecurity! Without a doubt, there is more to learn in the world of cybersecurity.

Boštjan Špehonja

How has CEH (Master) helped you in your current role in the company?
Achieving the CEH (Master) certificate was additional confirmation that I was headed in the right direction and that my work was excellent. Also, I am proud to be the first in Slovenia to receive the CEH (Master) certificate. While studying for the certification, I learned some techniques that we have additionally introduced in the daily implementation of penetration tests.
What is your view on the scope of cybersecurity certifications and measures in the European Union?
In my opinion, the European Union should do more in the field of information security. Only laws and directives are not enough, and we lack the operative nature. Certification houses such as EC-Council make a significant contribution to individuals, allowing them to become familiar with intrusive attack techniques as well. It is crucial that cybersecurity professionals can think like attackers, learn about invasive methods, to better defend the ICT infrastructure of a business/organization in a business environment.
Are you considering adding more certifications to your portfolio, if yes, which ones?
Certainly! I am halfway to achieving an ECSA certificate, and I wish to obtain an LPT certificate as well. I often give lectures on ethical hacking and would one day like to be a Certified EC-Council Instructor.
Would you recommend the CEH certification to aspire to cybersecurity professionals?
Definitely! I already do so ever since I got CEH certified. I help a lot of aspiring students learn about information security; some of them decide to get certified as well.
What made you choose EC-Council's CEH (Master) program over its competitors?
The CEH certificate is well known in the economy and business in Slovenia. It is considered as a mandatory qualification in various tenders due to its recognition and accreditations. With the CEH (Master) certificate, I can now climb a step higher.

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