This level builds on all the skills acquired in Levels 1 and 2 as the basis for attacks against networks, operating systems, applications, and data repositories. The ethical, diligent, and procedural aspect of penetration testing are pitted against the methodical, analytical, observant aspect of Cyber Security Analysis. The basic tenets of the Advanced Security Professional (CASP) concepts are expected to have been learned throughout the first two levels and are further advanced in this level.
Report writing for both blue team (defenders) and red team (pen testers) is highlighted and stressed for professional development (this is also a prized skill in job interviews), as well as presentation skills for consulting or reporting assignments.
This class is 105 hours of classroom instruction and the tuition is $2,625. Exam fees for this class are $875. Books are estimated at $130.
Towards the end of this level, students will be able to sit for the following CompTIA tests: PenTest+ (1 test), CySA+ (Cyber Security Analyst, 1 test), and CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Professional, 1 test), as well as the Python Institute’s PCEP (Python Certified Entry-level Programmer, 1 test).
Hardware requirements: A minimum of 4 cores, 16GB of RAM , storage of 1TB (could be installed in the system or used through a USB attachment.
Software Requirements: VMware Workstation Player v16 (free) or VMware Workstation Pro v16 highly recommended (student license $119).