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8 Valuable Security Certifications For 2017

A security credential could be the step towards your next job title. But which one to get?
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Offensive Security OSCP
Offensive Security offers the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) as a companion certification to its 'Penetration Testing with Kali Linux' training course. The company claims this is the first security certification requiring a fully hands-on, performance-based approach.
OSCP candidates demonstrate an understanding of the penetration testing process during an exam that requires them to research an unknown network, identify vulnerabilities, and successfully execute attacks. The process often requires them to modify exploit cost to compromise systems and gain administrative access. Points are awarded for successfully executed attacks based on level of difficulty.
Prerequisites: None
Exam: Performance-based 24 hour exam. Candidates must scan a network, pinpoint vulnerabilities, execute attacks, and submit a comprehensive pen test report with in-depth notes and screenshots detailing their discoveries. Points are awarded for successful compromises.
Approx. Cost for Exam: $800 USD (30-day lab access + certification) 
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Offensive Security OSCP

Offensive Security offers the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) as a companion certification to its "Penetration Testing with Kali Linux" training course. The company claims this is the first security certification requiring a fully hands-on, performance-based approach.

OSCP candidates demonstrate an understanding of the penetration testing process during an exam that requires them to research an unknown network, identify vulnerabilities, and successfully execute attacks. The process often requires them to modify exploit cost to compromise systems and gain administrative access. Points are awarded for successfully executed attacks based on level of difficulty.

Prerequisites:None

Exam: Performance-based 24 hour exam. Candidates must scan a network, pinpoint vulnerabilities, execute attacks, and submit a comprehensive pen test report with in-depth notes and screenshots detailing their discoveries. Points are awarded for successful compromises.

Approx. Cost for Exam: $800 USD (30-day lab access + certification)

Helpful Links:

Overview

Training materials)

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3pred
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3pred,
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4/6/2017 | 2:43:57 PM
Re: Are you kidding?
I was not familiar with the CSX.  I will add that to my list of certs that I recommend people getting started. Seems like the training would be much more engaging.
3pred
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3pred,
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4/6/2017 | 2:43:42 PM
Re: Are you kidding?
I was not familiar with the CSX.  I will add that to my list of certs that I recommend people getting started. Seems like the training would be much more engaging.
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cruzerkk,
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3/4/2017 | 11:13:21 PM
CompTIA CSA+
CompTIA have started their new CyberSecurity certification CSA+ from mid February. Anyone with any reviews on that ? Is it worth my time and money ?
utsec12
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3/3/2017 | 12:56:48 PM
Its time for InfoSec convergence
All good Certs, as many others are to the feild (CCNP, CEH), but with all of the splintered technologies exponentially growing there is not enought time, or money for anyone to earn that more than a few of them.  Even though companies today want you to know a bit of ALL of them, for under 100k/yr???  Good article though.
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3/3/2017 | 11:11:14 AM
Are you kidding?
Kelly, when you wrote this article, you really should have taken longer than the 90 seconds, or less, you apparently spent on your research and analysis of this topic.  GSEC, Security+, CWSP... really?! :-(  How about CRISC, CSX, CCFP along with a myriad of other much better certs?!  Well, I guess everyone's entitled to one dud, Kelly...  ;-)

  I sincerely hope that your future efforts will be more in line with the quality and value I had come to expect from you through the articles that I have greatly enjoyed from you in the past...  :-)
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3/3/2017 | 9:45:46 AM
Re: Missing Qualifications??
This article is on certifications, not education. A Master's would definitely be good, but takes a few years. (If I am understanding correctly what you meant.)
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2/23/2017 | 9:55:59 AM
Missing Qualifications??
I know Dark Reading is primarily a US based entity, but how about MSc Cyber security?

I am currently going through mine and a large number of my cohort have done the CISSP as something to do between Modules.

There are a few who have tried to do the same with OSCP however have found that it takes up a lot more spare time to complete.

Surely it would be worth more than many of these certs as it encompasses the whole range of IT security.
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