eLearn Security - PenTesting Student PTS v3

UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet?Mod Posts: 4,147 Mod
After some research, I decided that I want to do this course:
https://www.elearnsecurity.com/course/penetration_testing_student/

My plan is to build a proper technical pentesting and forensic background and use it to move to pentesting & incident handling positions. I figured this course would be a perfect start.


I will enroll in this course this weekend, it's only 400$ and it includes labs.

Anyone interested in doing this course with me? Study group? :D
Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
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  • alias454alias454 Member Posts: 648
    I came about this course through an email from tech exams for a free barebones account. I bit on the upsell and opted to upgrade to the elite edition for $199.00. I wanted the extra lab time not knowing what I was getting into. 60 hours of lab time was way more than was necessary (having a physical certificate of completion would have been a bonus except it was bent in the mail). I was able to complete all the labs in about 10-12 hours. With the metasploit lab taking the longest.

    I think the elearn labs are a good primer for something more difficult like OSCP. I would go PTs STUDENT -> pts PRO then -> OSCP
    Some other good sites to gain some XP on are - here is a short list of hacking war game sites (not all links work from the sites YMMV)
    http://vulnhub.com/resources/
    OverTheWire: Wargames
    https://www.hacking-lab.com/
    War Games. Current and past hacking simulators and challanges

    Regards,
    “I do not seek answers, but rather to understand the question.”
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,147 Mod
    Perfect! Thanks for your recommendation, that's my plan is to go to OSCP eventually but I thought eLearn would be a good start for me. I'm thinking of doing eLearn exams as well after completing the courses; I know they're not recognised but I want them to serve like milestones for me.

    Did you end up taking the eLearn exams? Did you do the OSCP?
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • alias454alias454 Member Posts: 648
    I did the eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT) course and grabbed the cert. I have not done the pro Course but plan to once I have completed my CCNA, VCP, and Sec+.

    Regards,
    “I do not seek answers, but rather to understand the question.”
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,147 Mod
    Solid plan! I'll start with eJPT and take it from there. Looking to start this weekend icon_thumright.gif
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • wd40wd40 CISA, eJPT, MCP, MCTS, CompTIA x 6 Member Posts: 1,011 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I "re-started" the course yesterday, I am planning to finish this within 1 Month.

    You should check the eLearnSecurity community, it is not really Active but you will get solutions to any issues that you face with the course.
  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Member Posts: 1,860
    great info

    UnixGuy sent me this link, and at first I was hesitant, but now I keep thinking about it. I am going to let UnixGuy guinea pig it out, then I'll probably jump on board
    Currently Working On

    CWTS, then WireShark
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,147 Mod
    Do it, you know you want to!

    That 10K+ pay raise in the new job opportunity as a pentester seems like a sweet deal to me
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Member Posts: 1,860
    UnixGuy wrote: »
    Do it, you know you want to!

    That 10K+ pay raise in the new job opportunity as a pentester seems like a sweet deal to me

    but what about the 10k pay cut I'm taking for the Security Analyst role so I can eventually get the pentest role?
    Currently Working On

    CWTS, then WireShark
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,147 Mod
    Why are you taking a pay cut? I moved to sec analyst position on the same salary I was on as a systems engineer. From the job postings that I see, the more skills you have the better pay you should be able to command, specially for those doing security consultant type work. You've got experience in networking/systems so I see no reason why u should take a pay cut
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,819 Mod
    Good luck on PTSv3. I got the barebones for free as part of the webinar they did on the launch. I have the PTPv3 also sitting there waiting for me to do. I was originally going to start in the Spring but ended up facilitating at SANS so I'm working on my GSEC now. I'd like to go through these two courses this fall and then do the OSCP after the New Year. We'll see how it goes as with my new position I may have to do CCSA first. Post a journal in the Sec forum section and let us know how you're doing.
    Have: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, eJPT, GCIA, GSEC, CCSP, CCSK, AWS CSAA, AWS CCP, CEHv8, CHFIv8, ITIL-F, MS Cyber Security - USF, BSBA - UF, MSISA - WGU
    Currently Working On: Python, OSCP Prep
    Next Up:​ OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (Python), Bash Scripting, Virtual Hacking Lab Coursework
  • MrAgentMrAgent Member Posts: 1,309 ■■■■■■■■□□
    UnixGuy wrote: »
    After some research, I decided that I want to do this course:
    https://www.elearnsecurity.com/course/penetration_testing_student/

    My plan is to build a proper technical pentesting and forensic background and use it to move to pentesting & incident handling positions. I figured this course would be a perfect start.


    I will enroll in this course this weekend, it's only 400$ and it includes labs.

    Anyone interested in doing this course with me? Study group? :D

    Do the OSCP! You know you want to!
    I may look into this course after I finish either the CASP or CISSP.
    I have an irc server for a study group.
  • bradl3yCbradl3yC Member Posts: 67 ■■■□□□□□□□
    alias454 wrote: »
    I came about this course through an email from tech exams for a free barebones account. I bit on the upsell and opted to upgrade to the elite edition for $199.00. I wanted the extra lab time not knowing what I was getting into. 60 hours of lab time was way more than was necessary (having a physical certificate of completion would have been a bonus except it was bent in the mail). I was able to complete all the labs in about 10-12 hours. With the metasploit lab taking the longest.

    I think the elearn labs are a good primer for something more difficult like OSCP. I would go PTs STUDENT -> pts PRO then -> OSCP
    Some other good sites to gain some XP on are - here is a short list of hacking war game sites (not all links work from the sites YMMV)
    http://vulnhub.com/resources/
    OverTheWire: Wargames
    https://www.hacking-lab.com/
    War Games. Current and past hacking simulators and challanges

    Regards,

    Alias,

    Can you elaborate on your experience prior to this? Would this be something you'd recommend to someone interested in learning pen testing with no prior experience?
  • Rumblr33Rumblr33 Member Posts: 99 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Yes. This is a great course for those interested in Pen testing and vulnerability assessments. I am currently going through the course (at a slow pace).
    It is great precursor to eCPPT or even the OSCP. The material is very readable and user friendly. I would recommend it.
  • CyberscumCyberscum Member Posts: 795 ■■■■■□□□□□
    JoJoCal19 wrote: »
    Good luck on PTSv3. I got the barebones for free as part of the webinar they did on the launch. I have the PTPv3 also sitting there waiting for me to do. I was originally going to start in the Spring but ended up facilitating at SANS so I'm working on my GSEC now. I'd like to go through these two courses this fall and then do the OSCP after the New Year. We'll see how it goes as with my new position I may have to do CCSA first. Post a journal in the Sec forum section and let us know how you're doing.

    How did you get an invite for the barebones package?

    I would like to see it before I bought the stuff.
  • EngRobEngRob Member Posts: 247 ■■■□□□□□□□
    JoJoCal19 wrote: »
    I have the PTPv3 also sitting there waiting for me to do.

    I have the PTPv3 sitting for me also. Hit me up if you decide to go for it in the fall as i'll be hopefully getting close to wrapping up WGU by then. (also have barebones PTSv3)
  • wd40wd40 CISA, eJPT, MCP, MCTS, CompTIA x 6 Member Posts: 1,011 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Cyberscum wrote: »
    How did you get an invite for the barebones package?

    I would like to see it before I bought the stuff.

    People that attended the Launch event got the invite.

    Regarding PTP .. I was really tempted to sign up when I got an e-mail with a 20% discount offer "Sign up now and worry about completing training later, you know like the Gym, sign up for a year and go for 2 weeks then quit :D", but decided not to go for it, maybe next year.
  • bradl3yCbradl3yC Member Posts: 67 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Rumblr33 wrote: »
    Yes. This is a great course for those interested in Pen testing and vulnerability assessments. I am currently going through the course (at a slow pace).
    It is great precursor to eCPPT or even the OSCP. The material is very readable and user friendly. I would recommend it.

    What would you suggest be the baseline knowledge before attempting this course?
  • Rumblr33Rumblr33 Member Posts: 99 ■■□□□□□□□□
    bradl3yC wrote: »
    What would you suggest be the baseline knowledge before attempting this course?

    https://www.elearnsecurity.com/course/penetration_testing_student/

    Pre-requisites
    •Basics of computing and computer science
    •Basics of Computer Security topics although not mandatory

    This is straight from the elearnsecurity website. Personally, I would say the ability to apply the information that you are learning.
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas CISSP, GIAC x5, CompTIA x5 Greenville, SC USAMember Posts: 5,735 ■■■■■■■■■■
    @UnixGuy: I'm currently preparing for the eJPT. PM me if you want to talk about the course, etc. :)
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,819 Mod
    EngRob wrote: »
    I have the PTPv3 sitting for me also. Hit me up if you decide to go for it in the fall as i'll be hopefully getting close to wrapping up WGU by then. (also have barebones PTSv3)

    Will do! I'm not super hopeful I'll be able to dive in too much as I'm facilitating SEC503 in August (GCIA), but I'll probably just start PTSv3 and do some here and there.
    Have: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, eJPT, GCIA, GSEC, CCSP, CCSK, AWS CSAA, AWS CCP, CEHv8, CHFIv8, ITIL-F, MS Cyber Security - USF, BSBA - UF, MSISA - WGU
    Currently Working On: Python, OSCP Prep
    Next Up:​ OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (Python), Bash Scripting, Virtual Hacking Lab Coursework
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,147 Mod
    I want to do the OSCP but I'm not in the right head space for it, and figured eJPT would be a good start. I need some kind of spoon feeding initially, at least to get me started.

    For those doing the eJPT, how about we create a study group and share notes/labs? Any suggestions on how to proceed? I'm going to buy this course this weekend!
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • alias454alias454 Member Posts: 648
    bradl3yC wrote: »
    Alias,

    Can you elaborate on your experience prior to this? Would this be something you'd recommend to someone interested in learning pen testing with no prior experience?

    You should have a good understanding of computers and computer networks for one. As far as prior pentesting experience goes, it is not a requirement for the course but would be a bonus for sure. nmap, wireshark, metasploit, and nessus are useful to have a basic knowledge of, along with some other tools from the list on SecTools.Org Top Network Security Tools. The labs in the eJPT are desinged in a way to lead you through it and they have the solutions available should you get stuck.

    I had exposure to a few tools doing my degree (think refresher). Prior to that, I used wireshark, nmap, john etc. along with a few other network based tools etc. I think the eJPT is a perfect course to start down the path of being a professional pentester (a guided tour if you will). IMHO, the eLeaarn course was put together in an engaging way that made it interesting and fun. I would recommend it to get your feet wet. For me, it helped put everything into perspective in a way I was not able to do before as it is structured in a task oriented way.

    Regards,
    “I do not seek answers, but rather to understand the question.”
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas CISSP, GIAC x5, CompTIA x5 Greenville, SC USAMember Posts: 5,735 ■■■■■■■■■■
    UnixGuy wrote: »
    I want to do the OSCP but I'm not in the right head space for it, and figured eJPT would be a good start. I need some kind of spoon feeding initially, at least to get me started.

    For those doing the eJPT, how about we create a study group and share notes/labs? Any suggestions on how to proceed? I'm going to buy this course this weekend!

    I'm in on this. I'm currently going through the guides and videos a second time writing my notes. Not sure how we should go about a study group. A chatroom comes to mind.

    Edit: But you're in Australia. Hmmmm....
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • EngRobEngRob Member Posts: 247 ■■■□□□□□□□
    JoJoCal19 wrote: »
    Will do! I'm not super hopeful I'll be able to dive in too much as I'm facilitating SEC503 in August (GCIA), but I'll probably just start PTSv3 and do some here and there.

    Let me know either way, would be good to tackle with someone to vent with! Enjoy GCIA! I would love to attend that class.
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,147 Mod
    @Veritas: You have GPEN & GCIH isn't the eJPT easier?

    yes how can we share notes? I'm not much of a gmail/skype user but maybe we can email or something. Or just post and track our progress?
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Member Posts: 1,860
    UnixGuy wrote: »
    Why are you taking a pay cut? I moved to sec analyst position on the same salary I was on as a systems engineer. From the job postings that I see, the more skills you have the better pay you should be able to command, specially for those doing security consultant type work. You've got experience in networking/systems so I see no reason why u should take a pay cut

    It's not exactly a 10k pay cut. My base pay from my current job to my new job is a 17k bump. However my current job also has a bonus, overtime, on call pay, shift differential, etc, whereas the new job will be salary.

    Also I have about zero actually security experience, so I took what I could get in this role just to get some experience
    Currently Working On

    CWTS, then WireShark
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,147 Mod
    Mike-Mike that's exactly what I did. I had zero security experience, I took this job to get some exposure but thankfully there was no pay cut. In fact I get paid slightly more now, and in a much better organisation.

    My plan is to work on my skills now and move as soon as I can.
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • Mike-MikeMike-Mike Member Posts: 1,860
    well, now that I'll be an official Security Analyst, I think I will consider this course again
    Currently Working On

    CWTS, then WireShark
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