It's been awhile since I've posted a topic here! I have recently come up on a decent amount of money and I plan on putting it towards my education. I am one of those IT guys caught between Programming and Pentesting; Can't decide which one I love more because I like them both. My ultimate dream is to do development for awhile then move into Penetration Testing (or even alternate in between the two of them). I am posting because I'm in a bit of a bind on where my path lies ahead and I'm wanting some advice on courses I should take.
GPEN looks great to me, I am considering the OnDemand course. I have always wanted to hold a GIAC certification because they're well respected (although pricey). Do any of you have experience taking the OnDemand version of the course? Does the fee include the certification take cost? I noticed the promo code on here which will save me $150.00, so that is great! On an alternate end, I'm kind of thinking, I hold an OSCP certification. I've heard there's some information overlapping between GPEN and OSCP, is this necessarily true? If it is true, what path would you recommend going down to obtain the GPEN certification? Self Study?
Somewhere in my twisted brain, I kind of feel the desire for pain - I've had my thoughts on considering doing Offensive-Security's CTP course. If I would be able to become OSCE certified I would feel like someone at the top of their pen test game! I am just kind of skeptic whether I have the skills to go in to the lion's den almost blindfolded, and expect not to get bitten. Surely I have endured til the end in my PWB adventure, but I hear CTP is a whole new level of pain. What are your guys thoughts on me considering this?
And then lastly, for some odd reason I feel the need to want to officially fit in. I never thought it would be on my mind, but obtaining the CEH just to stick it on my resume does not sound like a bad thought to me. I am considering online training for all of these, and would like to hear some of your guys experience taking the training for CEH online (or self-study). Is this certification all that it is hyped up to be? I haven't heard many positive experience on folks who have taken v7 on here.
Anyway, I have an open mind, and money to spend, have CEH, OSCE, and GPEN on my mind. I may just say, "Bring them all on", but i wanted to hear your guys thoughts on what I should go after. If you think I should tackle them all, feel free to list off the order!
Hope to hear from you all!