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Certified Network Defender CND FAQs

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The Certified Network Defender (CND) was created by EC-Council to ensure the IT professional can provide an in-depth Network security to any organization. With the knowledge gained on network defense, perimeter appliances, application of network security controls, the CND certified professional will design and implement and enforce security principles, and security architectures. Perform periodical checks like vulnerability scans, traffic monitoring, log management and monitoring to ensure the network is always protected. It is also the responsibility of the CND certified professional to keep the network resilient and maintain continuity of operations during attacks. To reduce the chance of future attacks the CND certified professional will conduct risk and vulnerability assessment, attacks surface analysis and threat intelligence.

Yes, the CND certification is an advanced-level certification.

No, the CND certification is not an entry-level certification.

Now more than ever there is a demand for Network engineers with security and defense skills due to network breaches resulting in costly financial impact. The CND certification is the only program on the market that is entirely focused on network security and defense.

Yes, the CND certification is a vendor-neutral network security certification mapped to the NICE 2.0 framework. It’s also ANSI/ISO/IE 17024 approved and compliant with DoD requirements.

Yes, the CND certification meets ISO 17024 standards and meets the DoD 8570.01-M requirements.

You must successfully complete the CND exam.

No, there are no prerequisites to enroll in a CND training course.

According to the EC-Council website, CND certified professionals earn on average $87,000.

With the CND certification, you apply for positions such as CND Analyst, Network Security Engineer, Network Security Administrators, Security Analyst, etc.

Yes, you must have enrolled and completed an official CND certification training course from EC-Council or one of their accredited partners. If you have chosen to
“self-study”, you must complete EC-Council’s exam eligibility process to receive approval to take the CND exam. 

No, the CND exam will be in multiple choice format.

You will have 4 hours to complete the CND exam.

Due to EC- Council providing the exam in various forms through randomizing question banks, the minimum passing score can range from 60%-85%.

EC Council has different pricing options for the CND exam. Candidates who have opted to “self-study” and wish to take the exam, will need an approval from EC-Council through their Exam eligibility process. This option will require a $100 application fee and the exam will cost $550. For candidates who have completed the official CND training course through EC-Council or an accredited partner of theirs and wish to take the exam, are required to purchase the CND exam voucher for $550 but are not required to pay the $100 application fee. For additional cost discounts (bundle pricing with training) on exam voucher or questions, please contact the Secure Ninja Sales Team.

Yes, you can take your CND exam on the EC-Council Exam Portal.

Yes, you will first need to call EC-Council and let them know whether you want to reschedule or cancel your exam. For rescheduling, EC-Council will need to extend your voucher, so it doesn’t expire. For cancelations, EC-Council will not be able to refund your money.

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council, is the world’s largest cybersecurity technical certification body, the member-based organization certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills.  Having trained and certified over 200,000 information security professionals globally, EC-Council goal to validate information security professionals who are equipped with the skills and knowledge required in a specialized information security domain that will help them avoid cyber conflicts and influence the cyber security mindset of organizations worldwide.

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