Passed CHFI (Review inside!)

nebula105nebula105 Member Posts: 60 ■■■□□□□□□□
Hi guys!

Been some time since I last posted here, but I've passed the CHFI with 91%!

I decided to take up this course because I realized I was rusty in my incident response skills and I thought this would be a nice refresher; and I thought it'd be great to meet other people who are interested in security.

I attended the CHFI course and the biggest thing that struck me, was how old the courseware was.

Sure, forensic methods haven't exactly evolved much, but using ancient "free" versions of Encase and FTK just doesn't cut it. Using ancient tools that were meant for Windows XP and older as well... Ugh.

Using the tools listed in EC-Council's slides will probably invalidate your evidence in court as well since they are ancient, and you can't prove that they're reliable, and that they don't alter data.


The CHFI target audience I believe, is aimed at "security professionals" who are in the field of cyber forensics or security. Professionals who are already in the field of cyber forensics and security can steer clear of this and find something else. The GCIH perhaps. I've yet to find an equivalent though.

My opinion on the target audience though, is if you're doing Helpdesk/Desktop Support and you're trying to fight your way out of it and into Security and Incident Response; sure, take the course, mingle with other like-minded professionals and expand your knowledge and network. You will definitely learn a thing or two, and you might just find tools that will help you in your current line of work. This certificate might be a conversation starter in an interview, but that's all it'll be. I'm confident that HR and hiring managers will not be wowed by this certificate


Exam wise, my advice is to take notes from the Powerpoint slides (if you're enrolled in the official training course). You can safely skip memorizing the tools listed at the end of the slides. If you're unsure of how to answer the question, look for hints in the question. More often than not, they might contain a specific word that appears in the answer as well. Otherwise, look for the most "outstanding" answer. You will get your result immediately after you click End Exam.


After looking at the quality of the CHFI, I'll be steering clear of the CEH.

My next goal will be the eJPT from eLearnSecurity, the MCSA 2012 and ITIL foundation by middle of next year.


If you're still considering taking the CHFI, just drop me a PM or reply below and I can try and clarify whatever doubts you have!

Comments

  • PC509PC509 CISSP, CEH, CCNA: Security/CyberOps, Sec+, CHFI, A+, Proj+, Server+, MCITP Win7, Vista, MCP Server 2 Oregon, USMember Posts: 801 ■■■■■■□□□□
    nebula105 wrote: »
    After looking at the quality of the CHFI, I'll be steering clear of the CEH.

    I just took the CEH as part of the WGU MS:ISA program. The CHFI is next. The quality of CEH is probably as bad as how you describe the CHFI. I'm taking it as part of the school, but it offers very little beyond that.

    I'm looking to complete the course and find better certifications to take. I want to move up, but I'm almost embarrassed to put the CEH and CHFI on the resume.
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,909 Mod
    The best part of taking the CHFI is that it makes your CEH look real good.
  • jamesleecolemanjamesleecoleman Member Posts: 1,899 ■■■■■□□□□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    The best part of taking the CHFI is that it makes your CEH look real good.

    How does it make it look real good?
    Booya!!
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  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,909 Mod
    Because it's such an abomination of a test that it makes the lackluster CEH look like a million bucks.
  • greg9891greg9891 Member Posts: 1,177 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congrats!
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  • Abdallah AL-AriqiAbdallah AL-Ariqi Registered Users Posts: 1 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Hi, what are the best certifications in digital forensics and in security in general you reckon please.
    thanks
    PC509 wrote: »
    I just took the CEH as part of the WGU MS:ISA program. The CHFI is next. The quality of CEH is probably as bad as how you describe the CHFI. I'm taking it as part of the school, but it offers very little beyond that.

    I'm looking to complete the course and find better certifications to take. I want to move up, but I'm almost embarrassed to put the CEH and CHFI on the resume.
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,909 Mod
    That is a very broad question that has been covered to death here. Thread jacking and improper quoting aside, a quick search will point you in the right direction to see the previous threads.
  • trueshrewkmctrueshrewkmc Member Posts: 107
    I'm in the same boat as PC509. I'm in the WGU Masters program too. I start in November----used my C|EH to qualify for admission. My Training Camp boot camp instructor did a great job of culling the relevant parts out of the official C|EH courseware. Sad to see that the tools lists are in the CHFI slides.

    For US Department of Defense-affiliated people (contractors, etc.) the C|EH is part of the 8570 chart. It did help me qualify for a defense contractor job.
    @PC509 If you choose to maintain your EC Council certs via continuing ed, college credits are worth a ton of continuing ed points. I think 18 graduate credits (not that EC Council worries about undergrad vs. grad) maxed out continuing ed for C|EH.
  • DAVIS NGUYENDAVIS NGUYEN Member Posts: 1,472 ■■■□□□□□□□
  • nebula105nebula105 Member Posts: 60 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks everyone!
    Good job man! Any simulations on it?

    Hey Shadow, nope, no simulations on it.
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