PTP course review
A honest review of the Penetration Testing Professional course by eLearnSecurity.
I finished up the eLearnSecurity PTP course a couple of months ago and I’m going to share with you this experience. Even if I was not new to the cyber security world, I knew from the start that it would not be that easy to go through all the provided educational material, which is very rich and mainly composed of slides, video tutorials and practical examples, by the way. In fact, due to the high amount of covered topics, even an average pentester, who might aim to improve/increase his or her skills, must have two very important basic pre-requirements: strong motivation and a lot of patience.
Anyway, upon completion, the PTP course gives you the eCPPT certification which is not just another ticked box on your CV, but imho, it is the end of a thorough journey into the pentesting world. In fact, within this course you will learn and practice not only the fundamental penetration tester skills, but also how to organize the huge amount of information gathered during a pentest and, last but not least, you will have to deal with topics like “rules of engagement” or “customer final report” which, at the end of the day, represent what really makes the difference between a script kiddie and a professional pentester.
As I said before, the provided educational material is huge, but cleverly distributed in 5 sections: Web Application security, System security, Network security, Ruby and Metasploit, Wi-Fi security. For example, among the tens of tools covered in those section you can find Nmap, Nessus, Metasploit, Nikto, Burp, BeEF, John the Ripper, hashcat, etc. To exactly know what is actually taught in the course, you can take a look at the course syllabus.
For the sake of completeness, I would like to point out that, along with slides and video lessons, you can use HERA and COLISEUM which are eLearnSecurity’s virtual labs, that safely allow you to practice your cyber security skills with tens of different real world scenarios (i.e. not just another simple hacker’s playground), in view of the final exam. The certification exam consists of performing a full penetration test against some designated targets in a dedicated network, always available 24/7 for 7 days.
In conclusion, I would definitively recommend anyone who has any interest in cyber security to enroll in the PTP course. The comprehensiveness of subjects covered will help improving/increasing your pentesting skills if you are not a novice, while if you are a beginner, it surely will provide you with a great foundation in what concerns the pentesting world, even tough, it will be a little bit harder, imho (always remember: be motivated and patient :D).
I hope this review will be useful for everyone who’s interested in the penetration testing world.