The Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP) is the considered as the only practical wireless attacks certification in the security field today. The OSWP challenges the candidates to prove they have the practical ability to perform 802.11 wireless audits using open source tools through a hands-on, 4 hour certification exam.
Several dedicated wireless networks with different vulnerabilities and various configurations are included in the OSWP exam. Candidates are given a task to identify, analyze and attack each of the wireless networks given to them with the aim of gaining access to the network encryption keys.
An OSWP, by definition, is able to identify existing vulnerabilities in 802.11 networks and execute organized attacks in a controlled and focused manner. An OSWP is able to circumvent various network security restrictions implemented on wireless networks, bypass them, and recover the encryption keys in use. The four hour examination also demonstrates that OSWP’s have a certain degree of persistence and determination and are able to perform under imposed time constraint