Offensive Security Certified Professional Review Guide

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) Review Guide

From Wikipedia – Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) is an ethical hacking certification offered by Offensive Security company that teaches penetration testing methodologies and the use of the tools included with the Kali Linux distribution (successor of BackTrack). The OSCP is a hands-on penetration testing certification, requiring holders to successfully attack and penetrate various live machines in a safe lab environment. It is considered more technical than other ethical hacking certifications, and is one of the few certifications that requires evidence of practical penetration testing skills.

To acquire the certification, students connects to an unfamiliar network environment and successfully ‘hack’ and gain access to the machines in the network. Possible attack scenarios range from common web application vulnerabilities like SQL Injection, to more complicated adversarial attacks requiring chains of exploits and pivoting.


The course comes with video instructions teaching the basics of not only security but also general network and web applications. Listen carefully, don’t hesitate to pause and emulate what you see.


Plenty of OSCP holders wrote about their experience in getting the certification, below are some of them. Read and learn.


Do the work. Don’t give up when there’s a problem you can’t solve. Do some research, maybe ask passers that you know for tips – don’t expect handouts. Try harder!