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May 06, 2017

The Excitement Builds

OMG - today is the day! This evening I finally get the email that gets me into the OSCP Pentesting with Kali course. I have been wanting to take this course for years. When I first saw it, it was "Pentesting with Backtrack" - so that tells you that this has been on my wish list for some time.

It was the delay in CCIE Security materials that really pushed this one to the top of the list. I had planned to take it after the written and before the lab. Now, I'm just going to go for it. By the time I finish, more materials will be available for the CCIE (I hope).

When you sign up for this, be aware that it's going to take some time before your class starts. Yes, you sign up for a specific "class" - and I use this term in the programming sense of the word rather than the educational sense. This is apparently based on the number of people in each lab group. You really have to keep up with this - since links are only available for a limited amount of time.

When I clicked on the buttons to register, I got an email to click another link to "continue" registration. It was only valid for 72 hours. [I'm guessing this is to validate the email address used for registration.] Once I continued my registration, I was emailed a link to download the components of the connectivity test and quite a bit of information about the course. "Your seat will be confirmed and scheduled after payment has been received." Yeah, you would think that you can just click and pay. Not so fast. "Before submitting the course fees, please be sure to test the connectivity to our labs to see that the connection is satisfactory and that your response time is reasonable." That part now seems pretty funny. The only way to get to the payment page is through the vpn connection. Also note that you have only 48 hours to complete this testing and submit your payment.

And then you wait.

Now the waiting is over. I'm really excited about this - it sounds like fun. Basically, there are some videos on each topic - along with some lab exercises. I'm very familiar with a remote lab environment which I have been using at INE for CCIE studies. Labs are fun. I wasn't really sure about what kind of time I was going to need for this. Most people are saying they needed 60 days. But then again, most people taking this are early in their IT careers. And I'm not sure how my life/obligations are going to allow me adequate time for lab practice. So I signed up for the 30 day lab. I think by the first two or three weeks, I should know if I need to extend it for 30, 60 or 90 days. The cost savings for grabbing 60 days initially versus 30 days were not that large. My excitement may be adequate to get me through this quickly.

Not that I'm rushing. And not that I'm thinking this should be easy. It's supposed to be tough. And I'm hoping to learn quite a bit from this. And, no, I'm not wanting (at this point) to go into PenTesting as a career move. I'm actually wanting to take this so I can more fully participate in CTF exercises. And if you're taking this thinking that you're going to get CPEs from it - you have to submit the pentesting reports or pass the pentesting exam to get those points. I'm already prepared and set up to submit the lab and exam reports. Now just to add the exploit details and submit...


Posted by BlueWolf on May 6, 2017 08:42 AM