My name is Nicolas, I am 22 and I am writing from east part of Europe.
I have worked for 2 years and half in a 2nd level technical support team (quite generic: Windows, Mac OS X, Networks, Office) and now I have 1 year contract with an American Telecommunications Company and I work as Network Specialist (2nd level Support).
I remotely support the network infrastructures of some companies, and we have to provide technical support on Cisco devices (Routers and Switches), assure the continuity of the service and the network performance, implementing changes (configuration changes), and so on..
The only certification I hold is the Cisco CCNA.
On March 2013 my 1-year-contract will be expired, and what I want to do, is to go back to my home country, and be focused for 2/3months in a row on OSCP course and try to get the certification, in order to move my career towards a new position as penetration tester.
Since September, I am also enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Distance Learning Program.
From now to March, I would like to as much as possible to fulfill some prerequisities I think is nice to have before starting the OSCP class.
At the moment I have the following IT skills:
- Very good knowledge of Windows OS;
- Good knowledge of Mac OS X OS;
- Basic GNU/Linux knowledge;
- Basic SQL and Programming languages knowledge(I am doing Java J2Se class this semester, at my Uni, and during my high school I have studied a bit C and C++);
- Good knowledge of HTML and CSS;
- Good Network knowledge (CCNA level, with some elements of CCNP switch).
And I would like to gain this:
- General Network Security;
- GNU/Linux (Backtrack);
About Python, I have bough the book "Think Python"
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Think-Python-Al ... 319&sr=1-8
About the other 2 sections, I would like to receive some hints from you, if is possible.
I would like to receive also some feedbacks/suggestions about my idea to gain the prerequisites needed and If I need something more/else in order to achieve the certification