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Post Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:38 am

certification free?

certification area of information security free, anyone know any?

Sorry for my English mistakes, I'm new in the language ;-)!

I know that there is brainbench! conce someone other?
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Post Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:06 am

Re: certification free?

Are you looking for information on the CEH specifically?
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Post Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:08 am

Re: certification free?

I think he's looking for free certifications... not necessarily CEH, but any information security certs. To my knowledge, unless you win a cool giveaway from EH-Net, they all cost money :-\
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Post Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:39 am

Re: certification free?

thanks BillV
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Re: certification free?

The US DoD was offering free certs through their Defense University (or something like that) a while ago. I took one of the tests and got some piece of paper. Highly unlikely that it's worth anything, and it was ricockulously easy...so that should say something.

I'll look through my stuff. If I can find it I'll post the link. Though it's not always true (especially with certs) the saying "you get what you pay for" does have some merit.
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Post Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:09 pm

Re: certification free?

Yup, I took a few of those a while back. They look to be worth exactly the cost of printing the certificate.
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Re: certification free?

SANS was also offering free GPEN Challenge exam which costed 899US Dollars I think .  Try registering into it , someone told me to use the voucher code GPEN-OSCP . This will give you a free Challenge exam . I havnt tried because I think it was only for those who have OSCP under their belt . But still SANS wont ask questions regarding my OSCP verification and still I believe its unethical to take a GPEN Challenge exam this way .

Correct me Sr. members if am wrong .
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Re: certification free?

thanks,
I see the Web site Sans!
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Re: certification free?

giavaroto!

there is nothing like free in this world, other than information or knowledge.
there is right now a give away of OSCP, OSWP certs in this forms have a look at it if your lucky then you can win it and OSCP or OSWP is the dream of all security engineers....
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Re: certification free?

The only free certifications I have seen that are actually worth something tend to be the beta certifications where they give you the certification if you pass the test.  I think Microsoft does this and one other group....

Free training on the other hand is around if you look for it.  There are videos on YouTube, of course like http://www.youtube.com/user/fslabs.&nbsp; These combined with Real Player plus and you can download the videos (or use some other free tools from www.sf.net).  For a variety of infosec how to's I would recommend Iron Geek's Hacking Illustrated guide (http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=secu ... llustrated).  Yes, his speech is unique, but do not underestimate the information.  Another one of my favorite video sites is the CERT Virtual Training Environment https://www.vte.cert.org/vteweb/.

Listening to podcasts like:

* Security Now! - http://grc.com/securitynow.htm
* PaulDotCom Security Weekly - http://www.pauldotcom.com/
* Crypto-Gram Security Podcast - http://crypto-gram.libsyn.com/
* Network Security Podcast - http://netsecpodcast.com/
* CyberSpeak Podcast - http://cyberspeak.libsyn.com/
* Hak5 Video Podcast - http://www.hak5.org/
* Blue Box: The VoIP Security Podcast - http://www.blueboxpodcast.com/
* SearchSecurity Podcasts (including Security Wire Weekly) - http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/ge ... 71,00.html
* The Silver Bullet Security Podcast - http://www.cigital.com/silverbullet/

Reading, your local library may be surprisingly up to date on books.  You could get a lot of security training for $1.50 in late fees.

Also read blogs, learn from others.  One of my favorite blogs is the Security Monkey over at Toolbox.  Look up all his old case files and watch him catch the bad guys with his faithful sidekick Scraps, http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/securitymonkey.&nbsp; Also Security Bloggers Network is an RSS feed for security blogs, http://networks.feedburner.com/Security ... rs-Network.

EDIT:  I forgot there are plenty of user groups out there where you can join for free, Linux User Groups (LUG) or even the shadier side of hacker groups like Binrev (www.binrev.com/forums) or 2600 (www.2600.com).

Oh, also, you can use/abuse books stores which carry information security magazines.  they won't kick you out for reading a magazine, like Hakin9.

Whew, that was a lot of information.  Maybe I should make an article about this.
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Post Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:31 pm

Re: certification free?

I'm sure that we'd be happy to see an expanded version of this...
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Post Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:38 pm

Re: certification free?

The best way I found to get free certifications is to find a company that is willing to pay for them!  A lot of companies are willing to refund you for certifications that you pass just ask your boss or HR department.
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Post Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:34 am

Re: certification free?

geekyone wrote:The best way I found to get free certifications is to find a company that is willing to pay for them!  A lot of companies are willing to refund you for certifications that you pass just ask your boss or HR department.


That is always a good option.  Even with the lowest paying help desk jobs they paid for certifications.  Other than that, most companies would require you to stay a year, or pay them back, and the cert should be related to your duties.
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Post Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:17 pm

Re: certification free?

I'll second unsupported's comments.

I don't know of any free certs, but I can only imagine they would be exactly what you paid for.
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Post Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:16 pm

Re: certification free?

http://www.brainbench.com found this site, they offer some certificates for free, I do not know if the quality is good

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