Passed CHFI

bharghavbharghav Member Posts: 9 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi All,

Just want to share my experience with respect to CHFI. I had passed CHFI today. Thanks to fellow authors who had posted their experience based on which I had created my plan of approach to the exam.

I guess I can't share much about the exam, but one thing I had understood after taking the exam is "EC-Council wants us to cover as much ground as possible with respect to Computer Forensics Investigation". But the exam was totally different from what I assumed. Since I can't share much details, I have only one suggestion "Practice, Practice and Practice, give importance to each concept you are reading".

As other authors mentioned, I had prepared for the exam through multiple sources. Below is my list of sources from high priority to low priority.
  1. EC-Council Video :- These videos are far better than CEH videos, but some times I had found they are too lengthy. Couple of videos are appx 2 hrs. It would have been better if EC-Council had provided slides too. I would suggest to view these videos initially get basic understanding(Even though videos are very long) and once you are done with all below solutions, come back and understand each and every concept discussed in these videos.
  2. UCertify :- I had read this material multiple times. There is lot of material to study. Focus on every concept, if its a command, I would suggest to practice the command practically. Except the unexpected.
  3. All in one CHFI :- Read one or twice.
  4. CHFI official Study Guide :- Just skimmed this book in 2hrs, after reading another post with respect to CHFI. I guess its outdated, but it explained few topics for me in better way.

I don't think any single solution from above would have helped me to pass my exam today. The exam format was total surprise to me, but concepts learnt from each source helped me to pass with very good score.

Even though there are few things which I don't like about EC-Council exams(CEH,CHFI)(Number of tools, we need to memorize hundred's of tools which I don't like. I would prefer 30-50 very critical real time tools and questions should be on real time problem solving but again this is my personal opinion.). These exams CEH, CHFI help me to strenghthen my fundamentals with respect to security and computers in general. Now after completing these certifications, I am not expert in security, but these certifications gave me platform from where I can start my journey into security world.

I can definitely say I had gained good knowledge by taking these exams even though I might disagree on few things with respect to the exam. All the best to every one who is preparing for this exam.

Finally I dedicate success of my exam to my family and Mr DK Ravi( an honest officer from India who died under mysterious circumstances.



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