I am new to the information security field, and would like to go into penetration testing. At this time, I have a Masters in Computer Science and a graduate certificate in Information Security and Privacy from UNC Charlotte.
I was doing research and I came across eLearnSecurity class on pentesting. (At this time I would have to do the student version and work my way up to the pro version), and found the content interesting, and was really impressed with the price along with being able to have lifelong access to the material.
Then I came to this site, and noticed that people were writing about C|EH. After going to their site, I found their information to be impressive as well. The only drawback is the price... $2K (I want to do the self-paced class since I will work full-time). I also read reviews where people said this cert was too easy, and that employers did not really value this cert. So I am nervous about spending 2K on a class that may or may not be beneficial.
I know some people may say, "Why are they so concerned with price?" It's because I will pay for this out of my own pocket. I can sleep easy at night over $700, but it would be a little harder over 2K.
At this point, I was more inline to do the C|EH because it seemed more suitable for a beginner (which is what I will be, since I have not done any pentesting before) and it seems to cover a lot of ground.
Are there websites that compare C|EH and the pentesting of eLearnSecurity? Or is this comparing apples to oranges?
If someone can send me a response, that would be great.
Note: If this question was asked before, I would like to apologize for a repost. I looked through the different forum topics and did not see this question posed.