Penetration and vulnerability tester
The penetration and vulnerability tester role includes a variety of mid-level information security positions focused on conducting formal tests to break into and exploit computer systems.
What does a penetration tester do?
Penetration and vulnerability testers require a thorough understanding of pentesting methodologies and vulnerability assessments, as well as the ability to exploit systems and effectively communicate findings.
It is one of three mid-level, core cybersecurity roles mapped directly to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s CyberSeek model.
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Common job titles
- Penetration tester
- Application security architect
- Application security analyst
- Senior penetration tester
- Security analyst III
U.S. job openings
- Information security
- Penetration testing
- Vulnerability assessment
- Information systems
- Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
- Project management
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