vp75 wrote:Hi friends,
I'm just looking for some feedback on the above in the sense has anyone taken SANS GPEN or GWAPT in UK?
just interested to know more about the same, I'm checking with my company for the above bootcamp on either of the course... not sure which one will be approved.... As i have seen the Sans website, for GPEN laptop requirement with VMimage on various windows is expected...Is that much Windows (XP,Visahome, Vista ultimate/prof, windows xp Home , windows server etc... required?
I was under the impression there will be lab available during the bootcamp....
your views & reply is much appreciated....
GIAC is the organization in relation to the GPEN and GWAPT certifications, while SANS is the organization related to their own courses that prepares students for the GIAC certifications.
GPEN is e.g. associated with SANS SEC560 while GWAPT, is SANS SEC542.
The actual certification is the same no matter where you do a proctored exam. (All GIAC examinations are proctored as far as I know.)
There are pretty much 3 ways to do these courses, where the first one is intensive courses usually lasting 5 full working days, while the next is self-study and the last but not least is mentor sessions where you have to study yourself, but where you meet up with a mentor once or twice a week, to discuss the course material, etc.
If you have a very good base within ethical hacking, both GPEN and GWAPT shouldn't be too hard, however without any study they may be a bit hard to pass, or at least get a good score at. (I could pass both without study, but I did study a few topics briefly to get an acceptable score, which made me able to apply as a SANS mentor.)
Depending on how fast you need the certification, and what kind of learning method you prefer, the prices may vary as well. I haven't attended any SANS courses yet, but I do hold the GPEN certification, and is also a SANS mentor too for both of these courses. (I pretty much know most of the topics, even though mentors that might've not done the course, will be given time to learn these as well.)
So if you choose a SANS mentor, it can vary but generally the mentor should know the material very well, and have a good relevant skill set too.
With SANS instructors, you're guaranteed the highest quality you can get, as these are highly trained and has in some cases done a lot of mentor sessions too.
Good luck with your choice!