Which certification to get?

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    • #6527
      bobismighty
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      This is probably a pretty common question, and I did read through some of the threads on here, but wanted to start my own.

      I have a network heavy background and have always been into security stuff on the side. I’ve got a few networking certs, as well as a CEH(which recently expired) and I took/passed the ELearnSecurity pentest course/exam.

      I was going to go recertify in CEH, but figured it really hasn’t done me much good and I may be better off getting something new. I thought maybe CISSP or GPEN, but both options look pretty expensive. I’m confused on some of the info about GPEN and also don’t have any training sessions close to me.
      The Cisco Security certs looked interesting to me too, but I don’t know much about them.

      Right now my job doesn’t require much security training, other than an occasional security audit and mild penetration testing, but I would like my next job to be more security related.

      What would be a good option for my next cert that will help me learn new things, look good on a resume, and also not empty my bank account?

      Thanks!

    • #40472
      adl
      Participant

      perhaps Offensive Security Certs? since SANS trainings are very expensive..  😉

    • #40473
      dbest
      Participant

      If you are gonna be studying in your free time, then I would just OSCP.

    • #40474
      bobismighty
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      Is OSCP very widely recognized? I would be doing it mostly in my free time, although I sometimes have time at work to study as well.
      I’m going to read more about OSCP and see.

    • #40475
      Methodikal
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      @bobismighty wrote:

      Is OSCP very widely recognized? I would be doing it mostly in my free time, although I sometimes have time at work to study as well.
      I’m going to read more about OSCP and see.

      I would say that its getting up there in terms of recognition. But more importantly, you’ll learn ALOT and it will give you the hands on that you didn’t get with the CEH. I’m taking it right now and I love the pain I’m experiencing.  ;D

    • #40476
      tturner
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      @bobismighty wrote:

      Is OSCP very widely recognized? I would be doing it mostly in my free time, although I sometimes have time at work to study as well.
      I’m going to read more about OSCP and see.

      If they don’t recognize it, you probably don’t want to work there. I’d say among most informed security professionals who hold certifications in disdain, they usually have a begrudging respect for OSCP/E.

    • #40477
      bobismighty
      Participant

      Awesome, thanks for the advice. It looks like that may be the way to go for me. I’m going to do a little more research on it and find a good time to do it. From what I read, it’s a painful but fun experience.

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