What is the Certified Network Pentester (CNPen) exam?
Certified Network Pentester (CNPen) is an intermediate-level exam to test a candidate’s knowledge on the core concepts of network security. Candidates must be able to demonstrate practical knowledge to conduct an internal and external network pentest to pass this exam.
Who should take this exam?
CNPen is intended to be taken by pentesters, security architects, SOC analysts, red and blue team members and any network security enthusiast, who wants to evaluate and advance their knowledge.
What is the format of the exam?
CNPen is an intense 4 hour long practical exam. It requires candidates to solve a number of challenges, identify and exploit various vulnerabilities and obtain flags. The exam can be taken online, anytime (on-demand) and from anywhere. Candidates will need to connect to the exam VPN server to access the infrastructure set up for the exam.
What is the pass criteria for the exam?
The pass criteria are as follows:
- Candidates scoring over 60% marks will be deemed to have successfully passed the exam.
- Candidates scoring over 75% marks will be deemed to have passed with a merit.
What is the experience needed to take the exam?
This is an intermediate-level exam. Candidates should have prior knowledge and experience of network pentesting and familiarity with its common tactics, techniques and procedures. They should be able to demonstrate their practical knowledge on Network security topics by completing a series of tasks on identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities that have been created in the exam environment to mimic the real world scenarios.
Note: As this is an intermediate-level exam, a minimum of two years of professional pentesting/bug-bounty experience is recommended.
What will the candidates get?
On completing the exam, each candidate will receive:
- A certificate with their pass/fail and merit status.
- The certificate will contain a code/QR link, which can be used by anyone to validate the certificate.
What is the exam retake policy?
Updated (25/9/2023): Candidates, who fail the exam, m̶u̶s̶t̶ p̶u̶r̶c̶h̶a̶s̶e̶ a̶ n̶e̶w̶ e̶x̶a̶m̶ v̶o̶u̶c̶h̶e̶r̶ t̶o̶ r̶e̶t̶a̶k̶e̶ t̶h̶e̶ e̶x̶a̶m̶. are allowed 1 free retest within the exam fees.
What are the benefits of this exam?
The exam will allow candidates to demonstrate their skills in network pentesting. This will help them to advance in their career.
How long is the certificate valid for?
The certification does not have an expiration date. However, the passing certificate will mention the details of the exam such as the exam version and the date. As the exam is updated over time, candidates should retake the newer version as per their convenience.
Will you provide any training that can be taken prior to the exams?
Being an independent certifying authority, we (The SecOps Group) do not provide any training for the exam. Candidates should carefully go over each topic listed in the syllabus and make sure they have adequate understanding, required experience and practical knowledge of these topics. Further, the following independent resources can be utilised to prepare for the exams.
The exam will cover the following topics: