I'm going to go for the Certified Ethical Hacker Cert and eventually the Certified Pen Testing Expert Certification. That is the direction that I'd like to go with my Information Security Career.
As of right now, I have a CISSP. I do a lot of Security Testing Evaluations and Authorization Agreement, Security Policy type work. It pays well but I think Pen Testing would be more fun. After getting the CISSP, I seriously considered going after the ISSEP, Information System Security Engineering Professional cert, which I heard was harder than the CISSP… I don't see how that is possible.
The CEH is a 125 question test that I've heard mixed reviews about. I've taken the bootcamp and I love the material. Its all hardcore hacking. Not simply how to use Cane & Abel or NMap but how to code malware with notepad, methods of SQL injection, and firewall attacks. I learned a lot. It also scared the piss out of me. If your already a hacker or hardcore pent tester than the class would be nothing more than a refresher. Intermediates with pentesting will have a real treat. Beginers will be decapitated.
I guess CPTE, Certified Pen Testing Expert is the lastest one. From what I've read, it looks like it is a step up from the CEH. Here is some more info on the CPTE. From what I've read the CPTE is INSANE. It looks like a practical exam completed in the presents of a pentesting expert. It includes SQL injections, gathering data, compiling hacker applications, and FRICKING Lockpicking… I AM NOT READY.