eLearnSecurity Network Penetration Tester Track
eLearnSecurity is a very diverse training site. They have many different course to choose from, but they have just released training paths. I have highlighted the path for penetration testers. Each course offering comes in three flavors called Barebone, Full, and Elite. The Barebone option will always be just the course material in slide-format. They now make it easier to figure out which courses matter with new training tracks, and this post highlights the eLearnSecurity Network Penetration Tester Track.
Penetration Tester Student
This is the entry-level course and the certification is called the eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT). If you are new to the IT or InfoSec and want to become an ethical hacker one day, the PTS course is a great way to get started. This course begins with an introduction to InfoSec, a short stop at networking, I was able to obtain a free copy of the Barebone course for registering on The Ethical Hacker Network, a forum owned by the parent company. The Barebone version includes all the slides and a couple of free videos. The Full version costs $300 and comes with an exam voucher, 1 retake, 30 hours of lab time and all the videos. The Elite adds 2 additional tries for the certification and mobile support to study on a phone for $400.
Penetration Testing Professional
This course is their bread and butter hacking course. They just recently launched the V5 of their course, and it has been improved. It is designed to cover exploitation of systems, elevation of privileges, and hacking Wi-Fi. The certification for this course is called the eLearnSecurity Certified Professional Penetration Tester (eCPPT). It is meant for someone who is more advanced. The Barebone costs $999 and comes with all of the training materials for the course. Next, the Full costs $1099 and adds the videos for the course, an exam voucher, 60 hours of lab time and an additional section for Wi-Fi testing with modules, scripts and exercises. Finally, the Elite costs $1299 and adds a Ruby section with more modules, scripts labs, and 120 hours of lab time.
Penetration Testing Extreme
The Penetration Testing Extreme course is the most difficult offering for advanced penetration testers. It provides training in how to evade defenses, and developing custom payloads. Another major area it covers is using advanced social engineering techniques for penetration tests. It is a useful course to learn how to simulated adversary’s that attack a company. If you want to be a red team penetration tester, this should be your end-game goal. This course costs $1699 for Barebone, $1799 for Full and the Elite is $1999.
The beginning of the eLearnSecurity Network Penetration Tester track so far has been a great experience. I am about half way through the Penetration Testing Student course, and working towards my eJPT. I plan on finishing up after this term at university. I was studying CEH material and this PTS course seems better. It also costs about a third of the price. The eJPT is a practical test, and is therefore more respected inside the InfoSec community internationally. Many penetration testers recommend going through the track of eJPT, eCPPT, OSCP to help break into being a penetration tester full-time. If you want to be a ethical hacker, than the Network Penetration Tester track is a great way to get started.
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