Penetration Testing: A Career Worth Considering
Penetration Testing, much like IT Security as a whole, is becoming a more and more popular career path. Find out why it’s worth considering and how to get started.
Why Penetration Testing Is a Great Career
An Attractive Salary – From $42k to $103k + depending on your experience, the general professional Penetration Tester reports earning $61,717 / year, according to Glassdoor.
Numerous Employment Opportunities – Whether it’s in-house (as part of an SOC, IT Security department, etc.), with a consulting firm (provides services to various external clients) or on your own (freelance, bug bounty hunting, etc.), penetration testers have a large range of options to choose from.
Varied Career Paths – From network security to web and mobile applications, as well as new technologies, IoT, Machine Learning, and more, penetration testers can always learn more and shift fields within the security industry as their careers evolve.
Fighting The Good Fight – Building a career as a Penetration Tester also means staying true to your values, fighting the good fight against cyber criminals and working towards the common goal of making the internet safer.
Various Career Paths
Penetration testing, or security testing, is a crucial part of any IT security department. New threats appear alongside new technologies and devices, making it harder for companies to keep their data (and their customers) secure. As a result, penetration testers see their career opportunities rise as new techniques to counter attack modern threats and increasing number of hackers are left to be discovered.
That’s when you come in.
There is no single career path to becoming a penetration tester. People from all industries are devoted to fighting cyber criminals and even CEOs can be self-taught. In fact, according to HackerOne, a high number of professionals disclosing vulnerabilities on their platform are self-taught.
If you’re interested in participating in bug bounties, working for a renowned international IT security company, or opening your own start-up, you’re required to have some serious skills, not only general knowledge. Obviously IT security is a highly technical field, and employers are on the lookout for penetration testers with practical know-how on modern ways to keep networks secure.
Keep reading to know more about the required skills penetration testers should have and how to work towards them.
Acquiring Pentesting Skills
Penetration Testers have an extensive set of skills that can be learned in many ways. Here are some resources to acquire modern security testing know-how:
- Read a good old book
- Seek out a mentor
- Attend security conferences
- Network with other professionals and thought-leaders in your field
- Make good use of (free) online resources
- Enroll in a practical training course
Read more about the different ways you can learn new InfoSec skills here.
While there are endless ways to learn security skills, we recommend continuously training and practicing to ensure that you stay up-to-date with the latest threats and the techniques to counterattack them.
To see what makes a great Penetration Tester, have a look at our latest Infographics “Anatomy of a Great Penetration Tester”
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