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    Default New Certification: CompTIA PenTest+

    "3. New Certification: CompTIA PenTest+
    This summer, CompTIA will release a new intermediate-level cybersecurity exam to complement CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst. CompTIA PenTest+ (CPT) validates vulnerability assessment and management skills. Whereas CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst addresses defensive "blue team" skills, CPT addresses offensive "red team" skills. The combination of penetration testing and vulnerability management in CPT means IT pros not only find and exploit vulnerabilities, but manage them to protect their organization's network."

    How neat. Beta exams can be a pretty cool yet a confusing experience since sometimes there is a lack of material specifically designed for the exam. I'm definitely planning on signing up for this exam. May wait after the beta period.

    AND! It looks like CompTIA is still in need of pen testers to help develop the exam:
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    They are definitely milking everything they can out of these security certs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkNewb View Post
    They are definitely milking everything they can out of these security certs!
    Definitely agree.
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    I think the DoD wants more specialization.. hence the new security certs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddws View Post
    I think the DoD wants more specialization.. hence the new security certs.
    Bingo. The DoD loves CompTIA.
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    I just can't see something multiple choice (I assume) like this competing with something like OSCP in terms of validating skills. But then again, GPEN is multiple choice. And yes, DoD. I'm amazed at how fast the CySA+ landed on the 8570 list.
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    oh man. I am starting to think the DOD is in bed with CompTIA.

    Any idea how this compares to CEH?
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    I enjoyed the CSA+ beta, mainly in that I was able to give feedback on the questions. I'll likely sign up for this beta as well. I have no interest in the cert itself though, as it will never be worth what OSCP is worth.
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    A few more details about the cert and the beta exam:
    https://partners.comptia.org/certifications/pentest

    Registration: Begins January 31, 2018, on the Pearson VUE website
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    I took a note to register on Jan 31th.... There is not much information about the material to study. It is a 50 USD bet The odds are not good for me.. but I can gamble it

    I will schedule the exam as far as I can, and I will make a sprint to study another certs (CSA+), so I can do 2 tests the same day. It is a 1h30 drive for me to the nearest test center.
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    I'm looking forward to signing up and taking this test.
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    I except this be at the same level as CEH---but more reputable.

    It's mid-level according to CompTIA but regarding strictly pentesting I think it'll be equivalent to CEH and maybe between eJPT/eCPPT. It fills that void for those who avoid ECCouncil and eLS (lack or market penetration). Pure speculation but that's my initial take on it.
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    Looks like the URL is in place on the CompTIA website, but not linked yet.

    https://certification.comptia.org/ce...ations/pentest

    Hmm . . . exam objectives are up there too.
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    I think it's great that they did this. Hopefully people find it challenging and beneficial.
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    Yeaaaaa I’m not holding my breath on a multiple choice test on Pen Testing being too amazing. Would be surprised if this ever holds much value outside of the DoD. Just my 2 cents. We’ll see though
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    I would hope that the performance-based questions will shape up well. If so, it might be a better choice than CEH. We shall see. It seems, though, based on what little I've read, that it would be better titled as VulnTester+.
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    I think DoD is looking at it from the perspective of a management type certification. Government in general tends to farm out most of their work to contractors and have government personnel simply supervising those contractors. In a case like this, nice to have someone who knows what should be included in a pentest without needing the actual skill to perform it themselves.

    Case in point, at my old job I was on the team that wrote the pentesting requirements, approved plans submitted and reviewed the work once completed. I'd taken courses in such things and could do them if required, but outside vendors were used (which was for the best anyhow). A cert like this would definitely aide in the drafting of requirements and analysis of plans submitted. Analysis of the report would definitely require the skills of actually performing a pentest, but you can have people with that knowledge on the team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkNewb View Post
    Yeaaaaa I’m not holding my breath on a multiple choice test on Pen Testing being too amazing. Would be surprised if this ever holds much value outside of the DoD. Just my 2 cents. We’ll see though
    Compared to EC|Council and their CEH, I would put CompTIA and this ahead. I don't expect it to be much more challenging, but EC|Council came off as an inferior company to work with. The exam was very easy and didn't really give much real world knowledge. I think the CompTIA one will be a little better (not much) than the CEH exam. Still, an entry level pen test - multiple choice, not a performance based exam.

    It has it's place, but it's not a replacement of eJPT, OSCP, etc..
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    Quote Originally Posted by PC509 View Post
    Compared to EC|Council and their CEH, I would put CompTIA and this ahead.

    It has it's place, but it's not a replacement of eJPT, OSCP, etc..
    Agree
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    I think People will go for PenTest+ instead of CEH for the huge cost difference.

    I think CEH exam has a 100$ registration fee + 950$ for the exam - total 1050$, PenTest+ will probably cost 346$ "same as CySA+".
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    Signed up for Monday. No point waiting, gonna go have some fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy_kitty View Post
    "3. New Certification: CompTIA PenTest+
    This summer, CompTIA will release a new intermediate-level cybersecurity exam to complement CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst. CompTIA PenTest+ (CPT) validates vulnerability assessment and management skills. Whereas CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst addresses defensive "blue team" skills, CPT addresses offensive "red team" skills. The combination of penetration testing and vulnerability management in CPT means IT pros not only find and exploit vulnerabilities, but manage them to protect their organization's network."

    How neat. Beta exams can be a pretty cool yet a confusing experience since sometimes there is a lack of material specifically designed for the exam. I'm definitely planning on signing up for this exam. May wait after the beta period.

    AND! It looks like CompTIA is still in need of pen testers to help develop the exam:
    https://certification.comptia.org/ge...experts-needed
    Thanks @dizzy_kitty, going to sign up. $50 dollar gamble for a new cert? I'm in.

    Any books, pdf's or videos you guys recommend? I have the CSX-P lined up so I hope a small part overlaps.
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    Just signed up for it as well. Decided to give it go during my spring break.
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    Signed up for it... Not sure why, gluten for punishment I guess
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    This thread is making me laugh! Good luck on the cert!
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