The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) is a highly respected and sought-after certification in the field of cybersecurity. This certification is designed to test your practical knowledge and skills in the identification and exploitation of vulnerabilities in a target environment, as well as your ability to effectively implement offensive security techniques to assess the security posture of networks and systems.
There are no strict prerequisites for the OSCP, but it is recommended that candidates have a solid understanding of networking, system administration, and Linux/Unix command-line environments. Familiarity with basic programming concepts, scripting languages (e.g., Python, Bash), and operating system concepts will also be helpful.
To obtain the OSCP certification, you must successfully complete the 24-hour hands-on exam, where you are required to attack and penetrate a target network, compromising several machines and completing specific objectives within the given time frame.
Before attempting the exam, candidates must complete the accompanying training course, Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK), which provides the necessary knowledge and practical experience required for the OSCP exam.
Obtaining the OSCP certification can be a challenging and rewarding journey that provides you with practical skills and industry recognition, enabling you to stand out as a cybersecurity professional and advance your career in the field.