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Any of my friends who ask this question, I strongly advise them to not turn their back on their former occupation. People with dual-disciplines are valuable and rare. "Administration" is very broad, but you're probably aware of aspects of the field which need improvement and are directly applicable to IT. Consider what skills you have which may already be ...


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A+ Build your own machines. Seriously. Do it so you can do the next step. Network+ Build your own subnetted home network with a domain controller and a two-way transitive trust between your home and your friend's home. That'll get you started. Security+ Harden the expletive out of what you just built in the last step and then break it yourself! =D In all ...


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Security+ covers the basics pretty well and as long as the positions you are looking at aren't heavy duty and you have other skills that the employer would be interested in should be enough for at least an interview. Make sure you can speak to the security questions given in the interview clearly and concisely or this, or any other, certification won't help ...


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Just check the job sites and see what employers are asking for. My opinion -- seems like for Management type positions the CISSP is favored among others. For Analysts and Techs probably any cert that includes practical working knowledge (EC Council CEH) or lab components (Sans GIAC certs). How much money you have and are willing to spend on a certification ...


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I would advise to start with Comptia Security Plus after you gain some information security experience you can opt for C|EH or advanced certifications like CISSP/CISA/CISM (Sans - Intermediate and above Certs). Sec+ ->CEH->CISSP/CISA/CISM or Sec+ ->GCIH/GCIA->CISSP/CISA/CISM You can opt for CISSP earlier in your career by taking the CISSP and if you pass ...


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I have an OSCP and I’ve looked at eCPPT. At a student level, I would recommend eCPPT. Elearn has some great material, that’s really well explained and is more geared towards learning with just enough practice to drive the points and learning home. The material is pretty well guided and solutions are available if you get stuck, in addition to their support. ...


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I have the CEH certification. First, please read the official FAQ. The CEH is pretty basic and covers pre-made tools for hacking and penetration testing, which means that you could pass the exam without a lot of pre-knowledge of anything. That said, you will have a much easier time (and you would be a much more effective CEH) if you did understand the ...


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You won't find officially available course materials anywhere past general information. I can tell you the exams will be open book, meaning any printed material is fair game. However, having been though one GIAC exam after going through the SANS class challenging an exam would be exteremely difficult. I did well, and passed but I didn't do as well as I ...


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I assume you're talking about a challenge certification; any other route would provide you with all the courseware you need. As per the GIAC FAQ: Please review the course descriptions at http://www.sans.org to gain an understanding of what material is covered in each course. Please be sure to look at each day of training. While we certainly ...


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Using a dictionary can sometimes help :-) to me reconnaissance is more passive, one 'mines and maps' available data resources by using secondary sources, not triggering illegal connections. By scanning/enumeration one does just that, 'scan and map' based on known and new techniques to retrieve targetable area's etc.



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