Certification plans for 2014?

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  • #8608
     UNIX 
    Participant

    Did you achieve all your certification goals for 2013? What are your plans for 2014?

    Old thread: Certification plans for 2013?

  • #53598
     n37sh@rk 
    Participant

    I did I got my C|EH and CPT. Saving up for OSCP and eCCPT now. those are my hopes for next year.

  • #53599
     hayabusa 
    Participant

    remaining 2013 – Plans are to finish up on some projects I’m working on, so I can finish up on some outstanding certifications I started, and never returned to.

    2014 – dunno, yet. A lot on my radar, but no decisions, at this point

  • #53600
     alucian 
    Participant

    2013: GREM, GMOB already done
    GPEN in couple of weeks

    2014: GCIA, finish OSCP, and ARES from eLS

    I think that I have too many certs 🙂

  • #53601
     veritas_libertas 
    Participant

    Goals for 2013: CCNA, CCNA:S, get a new job.

    Achieved: CCNA, new job (Information Security)

    Goals for 2014: GCIH and maybe GCIA.

  • #53602
     j0rDy 
    Participant

    Sup guys!? currently working on eCPPT AND eWPT, as if i wasn’t busy enough 😉

  • #53603
     tturner 
    Participant

    Pretty much none of my original plans from 2013:

    OSWP was extremely disappointing and I just couldn’t get motivated for it. I really would not recommend this course unless you just wanted to learn aircrack and had someone paying for it.

    OSCP – Yeah, I’m not sure if this will ever happen. Personal life just doesn’t allow me the time I’d need to be successful.

    GXPN – This class is… wow. I learned a lot and discovered I’m really bad at defeating Windows mitigations. I’ll probably retake it in another year or 2 but for now most of my research is WAF based stuff, webapp architecture, etc. and I don’t have a lot of time to do the deep dive into exploitation and RE that’s required.

    I added GSSP-JAVA to the mix and knocked that out fairly easily. Learned a lot but retention was poor since I don’t do much with Java. I’ve probably forgotten most of what I learned.

    For 2014:

    F5 certification LTM/GTM/ASM

    Imperva SecureSphere training (not sure if they have a cert)

    Any other vendor WAF materials I can get my hands on

    Probably a SANS course or 2 or 3 somewhere in there as I have 3 GIAC certs expiring in 2014. Really should do GSE but need to refresh knowledge in some areas that are not my current focus. (My packet-fu is getting rusty) Hard to get motivated for it.

    I’m doing lot’s of WAF research and hence most of my development activities will be focused there. Also focused on continued development of my python skills as I’m working on some WAF related tools that I have a good understanding of what I want to accomplish but taking my time figuring out the best way to accomplish my goals. So instead of diving in, (I have written some code but it’s ugly and I’m not happy with it) I’ve been working on a WAF bypass documentation project that will drive tool development. I’ll announce that site when it’s ready for public consumption.

  • #53604
     dynamik 
    Participant

    I actually exceeded my 2013 goals. I’m still going to take a stab at OSEE in mid-late December, but I’m not overly optimistic. It’s not even funny how far that is beyond OSCP and OSCE. I may have to retake that in 2014.

    2014 will hopefully be pretty light. I pushed myself way to hard this year, and looking back, I don’t know where the time went. I’m still shooting to finish my degree in the spring since I’m sick of that hanging over me. I might do OffSec’s web app course, but nothing else is really jumping out at me at the moment.

  • #53605
     azmatt 
    Participant

    Man, it really has been a year since the last thread…..

    My late 2012 and 2013 goal was to take a lot of classes and get a lot of certs in an effort to get caught up and well rounded. It was mission accomplished as in 2013 I got my GCFE, GSEC, CISSP, CEH, GWAPT and I take my GCIA next month.

    While there will no doubt be some classes and certs in 2014 (I’m slotted to take the SANS 560 in February) my 2014 goals are more skills related than cert related. Cert I should definitely grab my GPEN and then I guess the GREM would be the next one on my list but I want to work on my assembly before I go for that.

    As soon as I knock out the GCIA I’m going to sign up for Security Tube’s monthly plan as I think that will do me a lot of good. I’d love to attempt the OSCP at some point in 2014 but will have to see how my time is as I know that would be life consuming for three plus months.

    Also, I would like to say thanks to several of you in this community for the information you’ve provided and the time you take to answer questions. This site has been invaluable to me over the past 18 months.

  • #53606
     Master Of Puppets 
    Participant

    After a few more networking certs, I would really like to start the OSCP in 2014! I just can’t wait! The plan is to do it in the summer.

    dynamik, best of luck on this beast of a cert. I can only imagine the sophistication of the skills required to even attempt this.

  • #53607
     superkojiman 
    Participant

    OSCE was the goal for 2013 and I accomplished it. For 2014, not sure yet. I might consider taking an advanced Windows exploitation course, either from Offsec or Corelan. Will have to see.

  • #53608
     m0wgli 
    Participant

    Although I got the CSTA at the end of 2012, and started the PWB course earlier in the year. My plans after that went somewhat awry.

    My intention was to extend my PWB lab time (so I could get all the boxes before starting the exam). However, personal life has prevented that so far.

    eLearnSecurity also changed my plans with the announcement of the eCPPT Gold exam and the eWPT course. I got the eCPPT (Gold), and I’m currently still working on the eWPT (which I intend to finish this year).

    For 2014, I intend to focus on my 2013 goals!

  • #53609
     impelse 
    Participant

    Complete OSCP
    CISSP
    MCSE 2012

  • #53610
     lostylle 
    Participant
  • #53611
     KrisTeason 
    Participant

    GWAPT
    OSWE if OffSec plans on releasing an Advanced Web Attacks Online.

    Considering WGU for my Bachelors. If I attend, I’ll be after the
    OCJA, CIW Database Design Specialist, CIW Javascript Specialist, CCENT or CCNA Certifications.

    Fell short of my 2013 goals. Can only move forward.

  • #53612
     caissyd 
    Participant

    You what, I have a question related to this topic.

    Should I “renew” my GSEC certification, given all the other ones I have (see in my signature)? It’s more of an intro cert…

    I am paying from my own pocket… :-

  • #53613
     ziggy_567 
    Participant

    I don’t know if you’ve considered the GSE or not, but it was a big consideration for me when deciding whether or not to recert my GSEC.

    If you let it lapse, you will have to either retake the exam or have both the GCWN and the GCUX as a substitute.

  • #53614
     caissyd 
    Participant

    Thanks Ziggy,

    That’s basicaly the only reason I found for renewing it. I am not sure I am ready to spend several thousands dollars to get GCIH, etc to finally get to GSE… :-

  • #53615
     rattis 
    Participant

    I had wanted to work on becoming a certified locksmith over the Summer, but ended up taking more college classes.

    I did get 2 counter terrorism certificates through my University.

    Eastern Michigan University Center for Regional and National Security (DHS / FEMA)
    Incident Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction

    New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center
    Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings program – Awareness Level

    Oh, and I got an amateur radio license. (Ok a lot of not related to ethical hacking stuff this year).

    Goals for 2014: get my Prior Learning Assessments done, so I can skip half the classes I have left to take. I want my degree. then I’ll worry about cool stuff like certs.

    Oh and maybe that locksmith cert. 🙂

  • #53616
     dynamik 
    Participant

    @caissyd wrote:

    Thanks Ziggy,

    That’s basicaly the only reason I found for renewing it. I am not sure I am ready to spend several thousands dollars to get GCIH, etc to finally get to GSE… :-

    Do it! If you get your GSE, you’ll be able to renew everything with a single $399 exam every four years. That’ll be cheaper in the long run 😉

    Also, I love that people are working on soft skills, college classes, and cool stuff like becoming a locksmith. There is so much more to this industry than technical certs.

  • #53617
     caissyd 
    Participant

    Thanks Dynamic, I kind of needed someone to tell me that!
    I will book my exam today… ;D

  • #53618
     SephStorm 
    Participant

    I passed CCENT which was an accmplishment. it looks like i’m moving into a infosc position so ideally i’d like to look into the GCIA, Snort CP, CCNA Security.

  • #53619
     Jamie.R 
    Participant

    I passed eLearnSecurity Gold which was a free upgrade. I am currently doing the WAPT Exam so fingers crossed I pass that. Then next year I going to be doing Tiger QSTM and PWK and maybe another eLearnSecurity course depending on funds and work.

  • #53620
     dynamik 
    Participant

    Just got the email, and OSEE is officially down. I started Friday at 7am and went to Monday at 3am. I got about nine hours of sleep total during those 68 hours; it was brutal.

    Don seemed open to publishing a full review of the course and exam, so stay tuned for more details later (after I recover).

    I think that makes my official 2014 list: finishing my degree, OSWE (if I can swing BlackHat), and CRISC.

  • #53621
     UNIX 
    Participant

    Congratulations! Already looking forward to your review. 🙂

  • #53622
     Jamie.R 
    Participant

    For anyone who does not know eLearnsecurity have a mobile course that should be ready soon.

  • #53623
     SephStorm 
    Participant

    @dynamik wrote:

    Just got the email, and OSEE is officially down. I started Friday at 7am and went to Monday at 3am. I got about nine hours of sleep total during those 68 hours; it was brutal.

    Don seemed open to publishing a full review of the course and exam, so stay tuned for more details later (after I recover).

    I think that makes my official 2014 list: finishing my degree, OSWE (if I can swing BlackHat), and CRISC.

    beast mode.

  • #53624
     MrTuxracer 
    Participant

    Completed in 2013:
    -OSCP
    -HP ASE (Networking)

    For 2014:
    -SLAE (already started in 2013)
    -OSCE (…and that’s enough pain for 2014!)

  • #53625
     dynamik 
    Participant

    @dynamik wrote:

    Don seemed open to publishing a full review of the course and exam, so stay tuned for more details later (after I recover).

    In case you missed the announcement, the review is live here: https://www.ethicalhacker.net/features/root/course-review-offensive-security-awe-advanced-windows-exploitation

    @dynamik wrote:

    I think that makes my official 2014 list: finishing my degree, OSWE (if I can swing BlackHat), and CRISC.

    I did recently book AWAE at Black Hat. I’ll probably limit 2014 to that and my degree. CRISC isn’t really a priority, and I’ll push that to 2015. After the OSWE exam, I think I’m going to need an extended vacation from 2+ years of OffSec training.

  • #53626
     sil 
    Participant

    I think I will get the… I don’t even know anymore. Certs bore me now 😉

  • #53627
     Sidka0708 
    Participant

    Got CEH v8 but plannig for CCENT followed by CCNA security and if possible OSCP and eCPPT.

  • #53628
     UNIX 
    Participant

    @dynamik wrote:

    I did recently book AWAE at Black Hat. I’ll probably limit 2014 to that and my degree. CRISC isn’t really a priority, and I’ll push that to 2015. After the OSWE exam, I think I’m going to need an extended vacation from 2+ years of OffSec training.

    Did you eventually take AWAE? I’d love to see a review from you. 😉

  • #53629
     derebaker 
    Participant

    no plans so gonna get some of the Halloween bath goodies from lush and enjoy a bath with them lol I dont answer me front door all let alone halloween lol

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