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Editors' Quick Thoughts
GPEN is a brand new certification that will be linked to Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, a course developed by Ed Skoudis of Intelguardians. His intention is to "personally do everything I can to make you the best penetration tester." It is still in development and will have a few trial runs before making its major debut at the SANS WhatWorks in Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking Summit in Las Vegas from May 31 - June 9, 2008. This is not replacing GCIH where you get a larger view of the ethical hacking process and more focus on how to handle this "incident" to keep your enterprise running. Also notice that the title specifically states "Network" Pen Testing and Ethical Hacking and doesn't delve as deeply into web application and wireless security as some of SANS other offerings, but those topics will be covered. Said to contain previously unpublished methods used by Ed and numerous professional pen testers, this class is sure to please anyone neck deep in the technology and process of ethical hacking.
Successful penetration testers don't just throw a bunch of hacks against an organization and regurgitate the output of their tools. Instead, they need to understand how these tools work in-depth, and conduct their test in a careful, professional manner. This course explains the inner workings of numerous tools and their use in effective network penetration testing and ethical hacking projects. When teaching the class, I particularly enjoy the numerous hands-on exercises culminated with a final pen-testing extravaganza lab.
- Ed Skoudis
Off we go...