Every infosec professional who has ever argued against the CEH exam may change their minds after this recent announcement from EC Council. The certifying body will be launching a new, fully-proctored ‘Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT)’ Certification at this year’s Hacker Halted.
The new LPT certification exam will be delivered as a live test that can be taken anytime, anywhere. With the new, hands-on testing format, EC Council is seeking to address the cyber security skills gap head on in a way that is convenient for busy practitioners.
Jay Bavisi, the president and CEO of EC-Council, said, “With the increase in the sophistication of cyber-attacks and with ever growing security needs, today’s digital enterprises are looking for experts that have proven abilities to function as competent penetration testers in order to secure their operations. The fully proctored, hands-on LPT (Master) certification exam combines effectiveness with convenience to deliver a highest standard of exam that enables the candidates to demonstrate expertise in applying their skills in a hands-on environment.”
Consisting of 18 hours of practical examination, the LPT content is organized into 3 modules at 6 hours each, which will provide a “multidisciplinary approach for targeting and compromising high security environments.”
While further details of the exam are pending release, EC Council has indicated that this exam will be challenging, intended for proof of expert-level penetration testing skills.
Bavisi added, “In the real world, penetration testers go through a strenuous, arduous and laborious process to keep their clients and organizations secure. This exam is meant to mimic the real-world environment and is meant to stress, burden and ardently push the candidates to their limits to test their actual abilities in penetration testing.”
If you are looking to get a head-start on sharpening your practical penetration testing skills, we recommend the CEH Virtual Lab from Practice Labs. Plus, keep an eye out for EC Council Hardware, coming soon to the Cybrary catalog!
Olivia Lynch (@Cybrary_Olivia) is the Marketing Manager at Cybrary. Like many of you, she is just getting her toes wet in the infosec field and is working to make cyber security news more interesting. A firm believer that the pen is mightier than the sword, Olivia considers corny puns and an honest voice essential to any worthwhile blog.
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