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Hacker Consultant to Oliver Stone's Newest Movie Savages Will Teach a Special Edition Certified Ethical Hacker Course Exclusively For Secure Ninja

Jul. 06, 2012

SecureNinja’s CyberSavages CEH boot camp will feature real world hands-on instruction and
labs coupled with "Behind the Scenes" commentary about the making of Savages

SecureNinja, a leading provider of information security services and training is offering a 5 day special edition
“one time only” ethical hacking class, In addition to the robust hands-on
training; the course will feature a “behind the scenes” look at how Hacker culture & security research was
conducted during the production of the new Oliver Stone movie SAVAGES. The impetus for this special
offering is attributed the work performed by SecureNinja instructor emeritus Ralph Echemendia; which as a
result of his extensive knowledge, produced an authentic hacker movie set complete with sophisticated
hardware and software tools for the Hacker scenes in the movie.

SAVAGES, the latest film from cinema legend Oliver Stone (director, Platoon, Wall Street, The Doors, Natural
Born Killers) opens July 6, 2012. SAVAGES introduces audiences to SecureNinja instructor Ralph
Echemendia both on-screen as an actor and behind-the-scenes as "hacker" consultant to Oliver Stone. Notable
stars include John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, and Benicio Del Toro.
“The CyberSavages CEH training course amplifies the real world skills and techniques students receive in a
traditional ethical hacking course,” said Ned Snow, President, SecureNinja. “It is our honor to sponsor this
event, which furthers SecureNinja’s commitment to innovation, creativity and value to our students delivered
by some of the greatest minds in information security”

Along with SecureNinja Senior Instructor Ralph Echemendia, this special edition class will feature SecureNinja
Cyber Kung Fu Instructors Larry Greenblatt & Tom Updegrove. This is the FIRST time SecureNinja will use
three of the industry’s top SecureNinja Instructors in a unique class. This will ensure that each student will
receive individual attention for the duration of the course.

SecureNinja Special Edition EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker class will feature:
• 3 SecureNinja instructors (including SAVAGES actor/advisor Ralph Echemendia plus Cyber Kung Fu
Instructors Larry Greenblatt & Tom Updegrove)
• 3rd Generation "the New iPad"
• Autographed SAVAGES Blu-Ray/DVD
• Hands on Labs with individual laptops
• Paid account on the CCCure Quiz Engine
• Continental breakfast and lunch provided daily
• Official EC-Council courseware
• One CEH exam voucher
• Test on last day of class – Go home certified. (99% Pass Rate)

SecureNinja's “CyberSavages” CEH v7.1(Certified Ethical Hacker) training and certification boot camp will be delivered in Washington, DC and will immerse students into an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack and secure their own systems. The lab intensive environment gives each student in-depth knowledge and practical experience with the current essential security systems. Students will begin by understanding how perimeter defenses work and then be lead into scanning and attacking their own networks, (no real network is harmed). Students then learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to secure a system. Students will also learn about Intrusion Detection, Policy Creation, Social Engineering, DDoS Attacks, Buffer Overflows and Virus Creation. When a student leaves this intensive 5 day class they will have hands on understanding and experience in Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures. This course prepares you for EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50.

SecureNinja expects seats to fill fast for this limited "one time only" exclusive course offering. For more information, please visit:

Course Details:

5-Day Cyber Savages CEH V7.1 (Certified Ethical Hacker) Boot Camp

Date: September 17-21 2012

Location: Washington, DC

About Ralph Echemendia
Ralph Echemendia is a world-renowned Instructor, Ethical Hacker and Security Expert, who has appeared on KTLA, CNN, FOX News and Animal Planet, as well as in the pages of USA Today, Wired and Forbes magazine to name a few. He has worked with Oliver Stone in the making of Savages and performed as Wiley in said film released in July 2012. He has been involved in the research, development and deployment of key security technologies currently powering some of the most powerful sites on the Internet. Echemendia is described as a security ninja whose experience began at the age of 14 with ham radio, phone phreaking and the old bulletin board systems. His interest in technology eventually led to jobs in the computer industry. For over 15 years, he has conducted security audits and penetration tests, and consulted for numerous organizations around the world, including the United Nations, Oracle, and various hospitals and financial institutions. In 2007 he joined Terremark Worldwide to address Security in Virtualized environments. He spent several years as an Information Security Product Line Manager & Lead Instructor where he continues to teach "Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing" around the world. Ralph Echemendia’s Specialties: VMware, Virtualization, Secure Virtualization, Virtualization Security, Ticketing, Entertainment, Penetration Testing, Ethical Hacking, Systems Auditing, Application Auditing, Infrastructure Assessment, Design and Implementation.

About Cyber Kung Fu Instructor Larry Greenblatt
Listen in on one of instructor Larry Greenblatt’s certification boot camp classes and you might think you were listening to a martial arts class. That's by design.Sun Tzu said:“The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin.  Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected”
The principles behind information technology security are the same as those in a variety of different martial arts,” Larry says – and he ought to know. In addition to his more than twenty five years of information technology and security experience, he has practiced martial arts since he was 11 years old and holds multiple black belts in disciplines ranging from Kick Boxing and other modern MMA styles as well as traditional styles such as Tai Chi and Shaolin Kung Fu. “All of those techniques are like tools to treat different types of risk including malicious attacks,” Larry explains. “Most of the real threats are operational mistakes. Having good daily habits can mitigate these. Sometimes however attacks are the result of deliberate actions by an enemy. By spending time contemplating and practicing warfare techniques we can become more effective at handling our security problems.Dramatic martial arts analogies and demonstrations have made Larry’s classes exciting and relevant – especially to his many students who require certification as part of their work with America’s armed forces. Information security is often explained as “The things you know that you know, the things you know that you don't know and finally the things that you don't know that you don't know. But Larry suggests that it is likely that “The things you thought you knew but turned out to be wrong” that cause most problems. In a street fight, no one likely says “Ready set go”. The attacker does not even need sophisticated attack tools. All that is required is some social engineering question, for example “Do you have the time” and a weapon, for example a beer mug. This is how phishing and other masquerading attacks work. As imposing as Larry’s knowledge and experience may be, he insists on being completely accessible to his students. He laughs easily and balances the intensity of his classes with humor, “because it supports the learning experience. You stay awake. You have fun, you learn something and it marks the information in your memory for easier recall later.” He has been teaching CISSP and CISM certification boot camp classes at InterNetwork Defense since 2002. His own certifications include (or have included): (ISC)2's CISSP, ITIL Foundations, Cisco's, CCNP, Security+, CCDP and CSS1, ISACA CISM, CISA, CEH, ECSA , Microsoft's MCSE and MCT, as well as specific operating system credentials. Larry’s excellence in certification training has earned him (15) fifteen “Challenge Coins” from the US Government including all four major branches of the military; Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines as well as the FBI, SPAWAR, Homeland Security and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), where he was dubbed a “Jedi Knight” by the Chief of Cyber-Counter Intelligence.

About Cyber Kung Fu Instructor Tom Updegrove

As chief consultant for InterNetwork Service, an Information Security services company, Tom is responsible for daily support of the IT security infrastructure for many Philadelphia based firms. Tom regularly maintains back office support for firewalls, VPNs, IDS, malware protection, secure email , IP based CCTV, VOIP, cloud computing and many other of today's cutting edge technology issues including conducting regular penetration tests as part of patch management services. Tom also holds a number of IT certifications including Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP), CompTIA Security+, and CEH Microsoft MCSE.


As a martial artist, Tom's experience is as vast as any.  Tom has studied Martial Arts for over 40 years and is currently an 8th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and holds many other belts from other styles as well including 7th Degree Black Belt in JLFS Kick Boxing. He teaches the adults in the Kenpo, Kickboxing, Grappling, and Tai Chi classes at Martial Posture, one of Philadelphia's oldest martial arts schools.  His teaching style is ultimately student guided.  What he recommends to new students is “set goals, the road to mastery is laden with many pitfalls; goal setting is done by anyone who has achieved mastery in some field.”   He has studied under legendary coaches such as Ed Parker, founder of the Ed Parker Kenpo Karate System, Joe Lewis, founder of the Joe Lewis Fighting System (JLFS) and the Godfather of American Kickboxing, Royce and Relson Gracie of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu System to name a few.  Tom recommends to his students – “Take the slow boat” because mastery takes time, energy and, more importantly, patience. Tom is also an ex Philadelphia Firefighter, who also served in the Army’s 34th Signal Battalion during the Vietnam era. Tom’s interest in electronic communication started back in the late 60’s as a microwave telephony specialist. After a 30 year career as a Professional Martial Arts instructor, in 1999 Tom along with Larry Greenblatt started developing Cisco CCNA and CCSP courseware, Tom’s specialty is labs. According to Tom “Labs can easily make or break the class. If the complexity of setting up the equipment consumes too much time the student gets frustrated and doesn’t draw much vocation experience from the exercises”. Tom is a founding member of Internetwork Defense and the “Cyber Kung Fu” brand of information security training. Tom was awarded a challenge coin from the United States Forces in Korea (USFK), where award presenter Colonel James Henderson told him and Sifu Greenblatt, “You came here to help us pass a test; you taught us how to secure the future.” Tom’s approach to teaching is in the Mahayana style, in that not only do we need to enlighten our own minds but the minds of others as well.

About SecureNinja
SecureNinja is a leading provider of information security services and training. SecureNinja’s assessment, consulting, & security services division specializes in governance, risk and compliance programs for both corporate & government agencies including information assurance, IV&V security audits, and cyber-security solutions. SecureNinja’s training division provides expert instruction towards vendor specific and vendor neutral certifications such as CISSP, Security+, CEH, CAP, CISM, ISSEP, ISSMP, ISSAP, VMware, FITSI, Cloud Security, Wireless Security, and Computer Forensics to name a few. SecureNinja has been providing businesses with programs that answer regulatory needs and skills gaps for over 8 years. Our training programs educate and certify employees in the areas that are critical to business operations. With certified professionals on staff, the company demonstrates that it is seriously engaged in producing ROI on technology investments and handling compliance requirements competently. Our programs also create solutions for the DOD and the system integrator community by answering the certification needs of the 8570.01-M mandate. In addition SecureNinja was the first company to develop a course mapping aligned to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) which fosters the development of a highly skilled National Cybersecurity workforce. For more information visit


About EC-Council
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. It is the owner and developer of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker course, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator program, License Penetration Tester program and various other programs offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the US Federal Government via the Montgomery GI Bill, and the US Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). For more information about EC-Council, please visit the website: