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Mile2 Certified Penetration Testing Specialist Cert

Discussion in 'Other IT certifications' started by jk2447, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All,

    Just thought I'd share my experience of the Mile2 CPTS course I've been on this week. The official syllabus can be found HERE. The course consisted of a mixture of CBT's and online tuition from a tutor. A good mix of theory and lab work. From what I've heard from my colleagues who have attended the CEH course, the CPTS is similar but more hands on. I have also heard that Mile2 helped the EC-Council create their first CEH course so this could explain why Mile2's is more of a hackers course than a hacking theory course.

    I really enjoyed this course and am happy to report passed the exam with 94%! If possible I highly recommend you sit the exam at the end of the week much in the same way you do if you do the CEH course. The CPTS is a typical IT Sec course in that its a mile wide and inch deep so get the exam out the way while its all fresh in your head.

    I struggled with some of the Linux commands but did well enough to get through. We did a lab with an app called Hackmebank which was really interesting and opens your eyes to how nefarious users can do serious harm to your organisation.

    Prior to taking this course I'd recommend you hold at least an MCSA and study for Security+, as these greatly helped my understanding in the course on subjects such as why someone would want to force a zone transfer, NTLMv2, Kerberos and things like Role based access control.

    Thats all I can think of for now as I'm made up to get this one out the way and will be formatting a few brain cells over the weekend. Feel free to ask any questions all you budding hackers!

    Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  2. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    I've seen those 'Hackmebank' labs before. Whilst they may give you a very basic understanding of the techniques involved in hacking, most of them have been utterly irrelevant in the real world for about six years ago now, because they simulate attacks on unpatched Windows 2000 servers. If any company is running servers with internet access through a firewall that you can compromise easily enough to get unfettered access LAN-side, the techniques demonstrated in those labs are the least of their problems!
     
    Certifications: A few
    WIP: None - f*** 'em
  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Yeah thats more than a fair point. You certainly won't become a hacker from any of the courses I've seen out there. A good starting point tho. You're a CEH man aren't ya Zeb? I'll do that later on this year
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
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    Well done mate - really pleased for you! Offensive-Security 'Pentesting with BackTrack' to do now!? I'm itching to do it but want to get ICND 2 out of the way first. Hope you enjoy a few beers over the weekend!
     
    Certifications: A+ IT Technician, CCENT, CEH, CPTS, CIW Security Analyst, ITIL v3 Foundation, Master CIW Administrator, MCITP (Windows Server 2008:SA), MCSA on Windows Server 2008, MCSA:Security on Windows Server 2003, MCTS (70-648, 70-652), Network+, SCNS, Security+, Server+
  5. craigie

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    Well done mate!
     
    Certifications: CCA | CCENT | CCNA | CCNA:S | HP APC | HP ASE | ITILv3 | MCP | MCDST | MCITP: EA | MCTS:Vista | MCTS:Exch '07 | MCSA 2003 | MCSA:M 2003 | MCSA 2008 | MCSE | VCP5-DT | VCP4-DCV | VCP5-DCV | VCAP5-DCA | VCAP5-DCD | VMTSP | VTSP 4 | VTSP 5
  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Thanks fellas and thanks Pete. It was you who put me onto the CPTS. A few emails to the legends that are my management and I was on the course :D Good times. Pen-testing with Backtrack "the course" would be superb wouldn't it. I think I might get a baseball bat to the teeth if I ask for any more right now tho. Give it a good 6 weeks so they forget what I've done ha ha
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  7. UKDarkstar
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    Congrats again m8!

    Just need that CITP to come through and you'll be running the IT for the whole EU next :p

    Seriously, well done !
     
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)
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    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Thanks mate, they are making me sweat aren't they! Here's where I get knocked back!
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV

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