Penetration Tester Overview
A penetration tester is a type of network security consultant that tries to break into or find possible exploits in different computer systems and software. You can think of them as a type of ethical hacker. They generally are expected to run a number of tests, generally based around network penetration, and fill out assessment reports about what they have discovered. While they will often be running pre-determined types of tests, they will also be designing their own tests a large portion of the time, which requires creativity and imagination, along with a superb level of technical knowledge and know-how.
Job Duties List
As a penetration tester, you would be expected to conduct formal tests on web-based applications, networks, and other types of computer systems on a regular basis. You will also be expected to work on physical security assessments of servers, computer systems, and networks. Along with these tests and assessments, you’ll be conducting regular security audits from both a logical/theoretical standpoint and a technical/hands-on standpoint. In most jobs, you’ll be expected to work on the security of wireless networks, databases, software development, and/or company secrets. Each of these areas is different, and many people choose to specialize in only one or two of them.
How to become a(n) Penetration Tester
Penetration Testing is one of the fastest growing careers in the tech industry and InfoSec Institute is proud to offer a variety of training courses to help students get their foot in the door. Our 10 Day Penetration Testing course will help you earn up to 4 certifications and provides everything you need to kick start your career in pen-testing!
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Common Courses for Penetration Tester
Certified Penetration Tester (CPT) Training Boot Camp
Ethical Hacking Boot Camp - CEH v10 Training
Computer and Mobile Forensics Training Boot Camp
Advanced Ethical Hacking Training Boot Camp
As technology becomes a bigger part of more individual industries, the demand for penetration testers grows. However, because it’s such a specialized job, you’ll often have a steady amount of competition for job openings specific to penetration testing, especially at the entry level before you have work experience. For this reason, the job outlook as a penetration tester is a solid B+. It could be better, but the demand for penetration testers is consistently growing each year, so it’s unlikely to remain unemployed for long periods of time.
Starting salaries depend on the particular industry you go into. In most typical information technology fields where you’ll be providing normal IT services, you’ll average anywhere from $55,000 to $89,000 a year. IT consultants make about the same, averaging anywhere from $55,000 to $88,000 a year, closer to the lower end for entry-level positions. Doing government work like national defense testing tends to pay slightly less in the range of $52,000 to $87,000 each year, but with good benefits. Going into financial services where you could be working for accounting firms or banks is another option, and pays about the same at anywhere from $55,000 to $88,000 starting.
Penetration Tester Resources
Common Certifications for Penetration Testers
Courses for a Penetration Tester