I'm currently trying to decide between two training courses that have been talked about to death on here, so I don't expect an easy answer and am not sure how biased any responses will be, but any help is greaty appreciated.
Here is a quick summary/background of myself: I've been in the IT industry for 10+ years now, working for several companies and as a consultant doing everything from simple desktop installs/ repairs to datacenter work to deployment of Cisco networks (routers, switches, wifi etc.).
I started my certification path in 2000 and currently have my A+, Network+, Security+ and CCNA. A week ago I passed the Switching exam for the new CCNP track, but decided to take a Cisco break and concentrate on my 'passion', security (network security and pen testing). I am currently studying for my CEH with Kimberly Graves newest Study guide, certflashcardsonline and careerademy cbt. Almost being done with the book, I can see the CEH shouldn't be very difficult, especially compared to the Cisco exams I've taken.. Seems like just a lot of memorization of tools and their uses etc. Multiple choice stuff.. I found that a lot that I studied in regards to security for my Cisco training has really helped and had to do with things on the CEH…
Anyways, to not make my first post a novel, I’m trying to decide between eLearnSecurity’s training and the online Offensive Security’s offering to get my OSCP. They both seem very appealing and I know both have pro’s and cons.. Firstly, I don’t have programming skills.. I have good books on C, but know there’s much more necessary to become good in those respects. Price wise, they are comparable, except for the payment plan by eLearn, which is very appealing. I quickly looked through the free demo offered by eLearn, but nothing about it really grabbed me and said “this is the one”..
I’ve had BackTrack on a box for a while now as well as on a usb I use for my laptop. I’m not gonna lie and say I know all the tools, but I do feel comfortable with the navigation although not a huge linux user at the CLI (I do have Ubuntu Linux Toolbox 100 Commands, to help me out other than web references).
To close this out, not that it would help in any way, but my current lab consists of the following. Cisco 2600 series routers (4), with latest IOS, 4 Cisco 2950 Switches, a 3550 switch, Pix 515E firewall, couple of laptops and couple of desktops..
I know all say getting the OSCP is more difficult and I’m ready for the challenge, money wise payments seem very good these days for eLearn.. Just very confused with what decicion to make. Thank you for all your help and I’ll try to keep future posts shorter lol ; )