Without any question, the OSCP certification is one of the best security certifications on the market.
To achieve the OSCP certification you must complete the 24-hour long lab, where you must obtain a root access to several Windows and Linux machines.
The OSCP certification is one of the 5 IT certifications from the Offensive Security portfolio and each of them is better than the previous one.
What Exams You Must Pass to Become OSCP
You must pass only one exam, but this is not a normal test. It is a 24-hour long, real-world, hands-on penetration test. You goal is to exploit several vulnerable machines. Real play, real fun.
You must first complete an official Backtrack training. You have two options: online or live training.
Format of the OSCP Exam
It is a remote lab experience. You have 24 hours to break through couple of operating systems using your information gathering, buffer overflows, password attacks and web application hacking skills.
You must demonstrate a deep understanding of your work by submitting all your steps. That will be reviewed by the Offensive Security team.
It is very important, because in your student guide you will receive instructions which tools are allowed and which are not. You will also receive partial points for partial access to the devices, but everything must be documented.
You can see an example of a report on the official website.
Where You Can Pass the OSCP Exam
You can pass this exam on any computer or a virtual machine. All instruction about a connection to the lab environment you will receive after buying training materials.
How Much Does the OSCP Exam Cost
Exam is a part of the training bundle. An online training will cost you $750 and a live training will cost you $4000.
How To Renew your OSCP Certification
The certification is valid lifelong. You do not need to renew the OSCP certification.
Scope of the OSCP exam
You must be familiar with almost all information gathering, hacking and exploiting techniques. The whole list of skills, that you need on the exam you can find in the official Online Syllabus.
How To Prepare to the Exam
- BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing for $43
- Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide for $27
- Official trainings are the best for preparation. They are a masterpiece, but before the training, it is a good idea to be very familiar with the BackTrack distribution. Just download it, install and make some fun with builded applications and scripts.
- A good place to start is the Backtrack wiki.
- Official Training
Examples of Job Opportunities
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Questions and Answers
Q: For $750 I have only access for 30 days to the lab. Can I extend that?
A: Of course, you can find (really good prices) for that on the official website (bottom of the page).