After several years of yammering on about how I’m dying to take the course (read “blast the labs”), I have finally take the plunge and put my money where my mouth is. I recently landed a few bounties that left me with some capital to spend, and since I’m in between contracts. Fuck it. Let’s do it. So today I signed up. I’m currently waiting on an email to get started and find my heart pounding with anticipation.
I have known a handful of OSCP holders, and they assure me I should do really well. Further, I’ve read MANY reviews about the course/labs/exam, and have a strategy in place to expedite the process.
- Step 1) Course materials. I will bang through the course materials as quickly as possible. Although the syllabus looks to be almost all review, there are exercises involved that help with extra points come exam time. Seeing as I want to pass no matter what, I’m going for every point I can get my hands on.
- Step 2) Lab time. I am literally salivating here. I can’t wait. My goal is over half the machines in a month (including pivots). To accomplish this I have devised a strategy to hit the ground running (and in the background as I smash through step 1). I’m hoping this lands me a couple low hanging fruit and gives me a toe hold into the external network. Then, loot and pillage. Loot and pillage. Loot and pillage. Rinse repeat. I’m going to document (make my report) as I go, to further speed up the process of the final report come exam day.
- Step 3) The exam. I’m going to buy a single month, and tack on a second month if need be. It’s only a $50 dollar savings if i buy the second month up front, but a $200 dollar savings if i don’t, and don’t need it. I will be compiling my scripts, exploits, and preparing my report before hand, in hopes that it buys me some extra time.
Some anticipated hurdles and obstacles will likely get in the way. I have a possible job offer, and starting a new day job could cause me to lose momentum. Hence the possible second month. Also, I sold my house and will be moving in a month’s time. If i can time things well, i will be able to pack and move, and utilize the process as a mental break from the lab, before i review and hit the exam. But that may not go according to plan, and the second month may be needed.
So there you have it. Time to smash it. I welcome any words of encouragement, but NO SPOILERS. I want this, but on my own blood, sweat and tears. Questions/comments also warmly welcomed!
EDIT: And of course, there was an unforeseen problem. No one had mentioned to me (or i selectively forgot) that there is a waiting period for the course to begin. So here I feel all teased up and ready to go, but nope, get ready for the ache to set in, i have to wait until the 29th of this month to get started. FML. Two weeks before I can begin? That’s a gripe right there 🙁