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RE: OPST vs CEH
From: "Bartholomew, Brian J" <BartholomewBJ () state gov>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 11:13:05 -0500

I have taken the CEH but not the OPST.  The CEH is kinda simplistic, and
pretty easy to pass.  I have not taken the OPST, however, I have heard that
it is much more in depth and more difficult to pass.  

I do think the course designed with the CEH exam (I took one through Intense
school) is one of the better courses I have taken (in comparison with
Foundstone, SANS, etc.).  Those "other" courses are too mainstream and none
of them speak of the OSTMM except for the CEH oriented classes.  

To sum it up...If you are looking for letters after your name and a good
base to start with, go for the CEH (it can't hurt).  If you want to take a
more detailed, OSTMM sponsored test, take the OPST.  What the hell, take
both if you really like a challenge :)

Brian J. Bartholomew
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
DS/SI/ACD SA-20 Special Programs
Ph: 571-345-2598
Cell: 202-369-6349
1801 North Lynn St.
Arlington, VA 22201


-----Original Message-----
From: circut () hackthisbox org [mailto:circut () hackthisbox org]
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 11:01 AM
To: kenzo
Cc: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: OPST vs CEH



I've taken the CEH class. It's pretty good, but it focuses more on hacking
windows then it does linux or unix. The instructor and environment was
good though. They don't really talk too much in depth about buffer
overflows or privledge escalation on linux. But I think the class was
worth it. NEver taken any of those other tests.

                                                -circut

On Wed, 4 Feb 2004, kenzo wrote:

I'm thinking about taking one of these certs. OPST (OSSTMM PROFESSIONAL
SECURITY TESTER)
 or CEH (certified ethical hacker)
I've read about the two, and they seem to be kind of the same thing.
I know that some people in here were talking about the opst, but what
about
the ceh?
Has anyone taking the CEH or both?
Please let me know.

thanks.


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