I have a free voucher for the CEH exam, and it has to be free in order for me to be pursuing this certification in the first place. I think it's disgusting that they'd double their exam fee ($950 + $100 application fee) - as though their trying to beat the high costs of (ISC)2.
My employer will definitely have to pay the costs of renewal for the CEH, because I am too disgusted by them to even think of maintaining my relationship with them after this testing.
Couldn't agree more!
It's a badge that many covet, and one that even I would like to pick up at some point but the price point is a stickler for many.
It does seem a bit excessive for an exam, but I suppose if one were to want to do it badly enough, they would happily part with the funds.
OSCP for me, seems a little more worth it....though the recent proctoring dilemma is another argument in that one....
Agree! The cert testing fees are way overpriced! There is another cert or two I'd consider getting, but even if my employer is ponying up the jack, I find it difficult to justify $700 to $1,000 for a single test. Add to that the fact that I do not get any kind of salary increase after achieving the cert. If I was planning a job change, it may be more worth the headache and cost, but the cert organizations really need to get realistic with the exam fees!
The madness doesn't end there...They are really picky as to accepting CPEs. Like ISC they have changed their web page with no warning, and it's totally un-navigable. It was so bad I had to call tech support to find where I needed to go to add CPE. That call ended badly when the support person started to ask for PII to identify me! Not to mention that they got hacked several years ago, spilling everyone's PII.
On the plus side...the material is very tool centric, and almost fun.
On the subject of testing fees, my first exams were Novel exams $85 each! MS upped the ante to $100 for theirs, and off we went, with no end in sight.
I too remember the $85 and $100 exam fees back in the CNE and MCSE days! Now it is rapidly getting much to painful to gamble a pass/fail.
Comparing the difficulty of CEH to OSCP is like kindergarten to college. I smoked through the CEH in 2010 without difficulty, and had my a$$ handed to me by the OSCP two years ago...After 3 months of hard work I still simply lacked the skills to successfully navigate that bad boy.
The plus side of the CEH is it's listed on the DODI 8570 matrix, and is coveted by folks in the DOD arena (Such as myself).
After a peek at this, you'll see pretty quickly that a CISSP and a CEH cover a lot of ground. Add a CISM and a CISA, and you've almost gotten a blackout bingo!