While no career is entirely future-proof, entering the world of IT—and more specifically, cybersecurity—is a very safe bet. The importance of network security continues to grow as more businesses use, collect, and share data as part of their daily practices.
Penetration testers source flaws and weaknesses in existing, active systems such as websites, data storage systems, and other IT assets. Penetration testing is often confused with vulnerability testing. In actuality, these are two distinct cybersecurity specializations.
Using open-source intelligence
Executing the actual test.
Using social engineering, phishing scams
Generating detailed reports
Researching new hacking tools
The typical journey to becoming a penetration tester begins with gaining basic technical skills and functional working knowledge of operating systems, coding, scripting, and programming
Deep understanding of system exploits and security vulnerabilities
Good working knowledge of scripting and coding
Excellent working knowledge of networking
Advanced command of various operating systems
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