The OPST is a certification of applied knowledge designed to improve the work done as a professional security tester. This is an important certification for those who want or need to prove they can walk the walk in security testing, the discipline which covers network auditing, ethical hacking, web application testing, intranet application testing, and penetration testing. And it is a critical, eye-opening class for security auditors, network engineers, system and network administrators, developers, network architects, security analysts, and truly anyone who works in IT from systems to networks.
OPST certified personnel are in-demand around the world as the need to assure one can provide technical security skills and ability grows. This challenging certification is provided in technical schools, colleges, universities, and through training partners, all certified by ISECOM to assure consistency, quality, and focus. For this reason, ISECOM can assure any organization on a certified person's level of applied security testing knowledge and their exposure to the appropriate and ethical behavior outlined in the OSSTMM's Rules of Engagement.
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OPST certification requires a grade of D (60%) or better for certification. Each certificate is accompanied by a transcript which reflects the grade and areas of strengths and weaknesses. The grade of A (90% or better) includes a seal of excellence.
The exam requires mastering the application of the following security testing skills:
OPST certified professionals work in some of the world's top corporations as internal and external testers, security analysts, information security experts. Here is a small sample of the circa 5000 individuals that help protect our increasingly unstable digital world:
ISECOM recommends students have good knowledge of how networking protocols work, a good understanding of how various security devices and programs work, a user level skill with LINUX, and basic experience with server operations/administration particularly in setting up and running daemons and services.
It is important the student selects a training course right for their skill level. Longer courses will provide a great deal more practice, examples, and coaching while shorter classes are more suited to those with more practical experience. Classes range from as much as 60 hours over 30 days to as short as 8 hours in a single day. Talk with the regional ISECOM Certified Training Partner for assistance in choosing the right length of class.
The exam acknowledges the skill and ability to apply security and networking knowledge in a scientific manner as required for testing data network security according to the OSSTMM as well as certify ones ability to work professionally as an OSSTMM Auditor or any other facet within the discipline of security testing.
The OPST exam requires a total of 140 answers within 4 hours. The purpose of the exam is to show the extent of security testing accuracy while maintaining efficiency. While it is an open book exam, no communication of any type is allowed. Each question is in the format of multiple-choice multiple-answer. The exam combines paper-based questions with real-time tests performed over the internet of a single vector (internet to DMZ). The choice of tools, materials, and techniques is made by the test taker at the time of the exam.
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