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My Path to OSCP Certification: Week ONE

Good afternoon everybody! This week I’ve decided to throw up a real quick blog post instead of a video, but next weekend I PROMISE I will do a video for WEEK TWO!! So far this week, I’ve been able to spend about 2-3 hours after work to focus on the course materials and videos so far. If you’ve taken the OSCP course or have been thinking about it, in addition to the timed lab access, you get a 400-page course book and a slew of OFFSEC tutorial videos to watch. This week, I’ve been through about the first 100 pages of the course and maybe a quarter of the videos.

To be honest, for this first week, I haven’t really seen anything extravagant that I haven’t learned or heard about before. I guess I can take that as a good sign that I’m probably not THAT much of a “noob”, but I’m sure my reckoning is soon to come. I won’t get into much details, because I want to save talking points for the video of Week TWO next week. But so far, I think I’m doing good for timing. I haven’t begun to scan the network lab yet. I heard and read along that way that it would be most beneficial to go through the entire course book and videos FIRST, before actually trying to penetrate the lab so in the very least, you’ll have reviewed “MOST” of the tools and tactics needed to begin rooting machines. Personally, I think that’s great advice and that’s the route I’m going to take.

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Anyway, be sure to check back next week when I drop the WEEK TWO Path to OSCP VIDEO!

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