ECSA (Practical) is a 12-hour, rigorous practical exam built to test your penetration testing skills.
ECSA (Practical) presents you with an organization and its network environment, containing multiple hosts. The internal network consists of several subnets housing various organizational units. It is made up of militarized and demilitarized zones, connected with a huge pool of database servers in a database zone. As a security precaution, and by design, all the internal resource zones are configured with different subnet IPs. The militarized zone houses the domain controllers and application servers that provide application frameworks for various departments of the organization.
The candidates are required to demonstrate the application of the penetration testing methodology that is presented in the ECSA program, and are required to perform a comprehensive security audit of an organization, just like in the real world. You will start with challenges requiring you to perform advanced network scans beyond perimeter defenses, leading to automated and manual vulnerability analysis, exploit selection, customization, launch, and post exploitation maneuvers.
The ECSA (Practical) tests your ability to perform threat and exploit research, understand exploits in the wild, write your own exploits, customize payloads, and make critical decisions at different phases of a pen testing engagement that can make or break the whole assessment. You will also be required to create a professional pen testing report with essential elements and guidance for the organization in the scenario to act on.
ECSA (Practical) Credential Holders Are Proven To Be Able To:
The preparatory course for this certification is the EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) course. While there is no additional course or training required after the ECSA, we strongly recommend that you attempt the ECSA (Practical) exam only if you have attended the current ECSA course/equivalent. The aim of this credential is to help set gifted penetration testing practitioners apart from the crowd.
To be eligible to apply to sit for the ECSA (Practical) Exam, candidate must either:
The trust that the industry places in our credentials is very important to us. We see it as our duty to ensure that the holders of this credential are proven, “hands on”, penetration testers who are able to perform in the real world to solve real world challenges.
As such, the ECSA (Practical) is designed as a hands-on exam that will test the skills of the penetration tester BEYOND just their knowledge.
This exam is an online, proctored, practical exam that can last up to 12 hours.
We know that travelling to an exam center can be difficult for many. As such, we are pleased to announce that you can take the ECSA (Practical) exam from the comfort of your home, but you need to be prepared to be proctored by a dedicated EC-Council Proctor certification team under strict supervision.
To be eligible to apply to take the ECSA (Practical) Exam, candidate must either:
On an average, application processing time would be between 5-10 working days once the verifiers on the application respond to EC-Council’s requests for information.
No, the $100 application fee is not refundable
The application process is valid for 3 months from the date of approval.
Yes, the application form is mandatory for all test takers who want to take the exam directly without undergoing training.
Once your application is approved you can proceed to purchase your exam voucher either from EC-Council Online Store or from one of our authorised training channels.
You will receive an Aspen Dashboard access code with instructions as part of your purchase towards the ECSA (Practical) exam.
The Aspen Dashboard access code is valid for 3 months from the date of receipt.
The Aspen Dashboard access is valid for 15 days from the day it is unlocked using a valid key.
The Dashboard consists of:
The candidate is required to complete the pen-testing challenge and submit their pen-testing report to complete the exam.
The Exam challenge is a 12 hour session.
The candidate needs to complete a minimum of 5 out of the 8 challenges successfully in order to pass the ECSA (Practical) Exam.
Sessions should be booked at least 3 days in advance of the desired exam date.
Note: All exam sessions are proctored by EC-Council Certification department.
Retake exam requests can only be purchased by writing to [email protected], should a candidate fail the exam.
Note: The challenges as well as the report are required to be submitted within the 15 days window. This includes re-attempts if any.
Report submission can be extended for 7 days only, by paying $100 as long as the dashboard is active.
Note: Should the dashboard expire the candidate will need to purchase a new kit for $600. (This applies even if the candidate has passed the exam challenge)
Yes, the ECSA (Practical) is a part of the EC-Council Continuing Education Scheme.