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Sans 542 and GWAPT Review

I recently finished the OnDemand version of the SANS 542 Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking course and passed the GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT) exam so I thought I would post a few quick thoughts on the course and exam. It’s more than a little redundant to say a SANS instructor did a great job but Kevin Johnson rocked. I was slightly biased coming in as I talked to him for about 90 seconds last year in Vegas and he was really friendly but even setting that massive amount of personal experience aside Kevin is both incredibly entertaining and a great teacher. I really want to take a class from him in person so I need to keep my eyes peeled for any 642 offerings out west. Mr. Johnson is very upfront about what the class is and isn’t. While there is a full day devoted to exploitation the class is not a collection of “Here’s exploit A, now here’s exploit B…” but rather an overall look at web app pen testing methodology and best practices as a whole. What this