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In this Article we will get to know what makes CPENT more Tougher than OSCP

We all know Offensive Security’s OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) is the King of all Penetration Testing Certifications, but I don’t think the streak will continue. Ec-Councils CPENT (Certified Penetration Testing Professional) is the perfect rivalry for offensive security’s OSCP.

I consider that OSCP is little bit overrated these days, even people are blindly running for it without any reason. Let’s See what both the courses have, what to choose for and who can choose.

We will discuss first about the Course Content of CPENT

  1. Introduction to Penetration Testing
  2. Penetration Testing Scoping and Engagement
  3. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
  4. Social Engineering Penetration Testing
  5. Network Penetration Testing – External
  6. Network Penetration Testing– Internal
  7. Network Penetration Testing – Perimeter Devices
  8. Web Application Penetration Testing
  9. Wireless Penetration Testing
  10. IoT Penetration Testing
  11. OT/SCADA Penetration Testing
  12. Cloud Penetration Testing
  13. Binary Analysis and Exploitation
  14. Report Writing and Post Testing Actions
  15. Fuzzing
  16. Mastering Metasploit Frameworks
  17. PowerShell Scripting
  18. Bash Environment & Scripting
  19. Python Environment & Scripting
  20. Perl Environment & Scripting
  21. Ruby Environment & Scripting
  22. Active Directory Pen Testing
  23. Database Penetration Testing
  24. Mobile Device Penetration Testing Methodology

Course Content for OSCP

  1. Penetration Testing: What You Should Know
  2. Getting Comfortable with Kali Linux
  3. Command Line Fun
  4. Practical Tools
  5. Bash Scripting
  6. Passive Information Gathering
  7. Active Information Gathering
  8. Vulnerability Scanning
  9. Web Application Attacks
  10. Introduction to Buffer Overflows
  11. Windows Buffer Overflows
  12. Linux Buffer Overflows
  13. Client-Side Attacks
  14. Locating Public Exploits
  15. Fixing Exploits
  16. File Transfers
  17. Antivirus Evasion
  18. Privilege Escalation
  19. Password Attacks
  20. Port Redirection and Tunneling
  21. Active Directory Attacks
  22. The Metasploit Framework
  23. PowerShell Empire
  24. Assembling the Pieces: Penetration Test Breakdown
  25. Trying Harder: The Labs

I think you might have guessed in what way both the courses are different, yes.

OSCP will train you in a way with all the hands on skills and techniques to carry out a penetration testing but unfortunately it lacks the information and guidance on explaining when and where and how it can be used by the penetration testers.

CPENT gains a point here in proper scaling of the methodology and process a penetration tester needs to carry out the penetration testing.

Coming to the point, How CPENT is way tougher than LPT?

Though OSCP Examination is the tough one so far, CPENT now steals its spot with even tougher Challenges in it.
so far only one Guy cleared the CPENT exam in the whole cyber world. What makes it more tougher?

CPENT is designed with the real world scenarios unlike the Vulnerable Boxes we Play with Hack the Box, Vulnhub, and try hack me things.
You have to deal with Firewalls, DMZs, WAF and other Defensive measures too in order to crack a machine that creates an extra barrier for the candidates who cleared OSCP with ease.

CPENT’s new inclusions of IOT and OT added more difficult challenges to the exam. Where OSCP lacks in that part.
CPENT’s Scripting languages such as powershell, bash, perl, ruby are also the reason to make CPENT a tougher one.

On the other hand we have to appreciate OSCP for enhancing students skills in Exploit Development Capabilities on their own where CPENT lacks in that part.

CPENT Includes Pivoting and Double Pivoting, Weaponization, Binary exploitations are to be noted.

other than that both the program have same quality over the course content such as
Active Directory,
Buffer Overflows,
Client side and Server Side attacks,
and Etc.


CPENT’s Real Scenario Based Machines makes it more difficult than the OSCP’s Simulated Machines. CPENT Course is also designed in such a way to train you to be a perfect Penetration Tester for an Organization not just a CTF Solver.

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