I've not blogged a great deal in the past month or so. This is mainly because I have been focused on my studies.
This blog is just to say, that I have passed the OSCP, which has got to be one of the most challenging and worthwhile IT Security courses and certifications that I know of.
OSCP is a unique 24 hour exam; A live online Pen-test, in which the candidate must complete 5 hacking challenges to break into several computer systems (that you have never seen before), gain root or system-level access, and collect a trophy file to prove it.
You then have a further 24 hours to document and submit your results, explanations, and supporting proof, in a Penetration Test Report.
It's a tough exam. Apparently most people fail at their first attempt, but I passed it first time :o)
The next part of my study plan is to finish the OSCE (which I already started studying) - Yes, I'm actually looking forward to this 48 hour monster-exam! (Just need to do some more study and 0-day research...)
I now have a ton of letters after my name, but OSCP is probably the one I value the most (as would anyone else who has attempted it) as it demonstrates real capability, rather than knowledge.