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October 10, 2016
The Career Path of the Penetration Tester
October 10, 2016
The path of a penetration tester is a path of many possibilities and options that can lead to the primary goal of obtaining and advancing in cyber security as a penetration tester. I've been asked more than once about the necessary steps to enter into the world of cyber security yet there isn't a single guideline that suits everyone. However, I will say that you should be sure about yourself in regards to a specific focus within cyber security and if it is truly a career. Penetration testing should not be viewed as a "job" and an approach that expresses this way of thinking can create a serious disadvantage in the interview process. This blog covers several areas of importance such as education and/or acquiring of skills, applicant process, and advancing as a penetration tester within an agency or a company.Preparation for The CareerEducationThere are multiple paths to preparing for a career as a penetration tester yet the most common route involves coursework at either a community college or four-year university. Although many employers desire penetration testers with a bachelor's degree, do not underestimate the value of an associates degree at a community college. For example, many community colleges are recognized as a Center for Academic Excellence by the joint relationship between the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
- Research and find colleges that are recognized as a CAE (Center of Academic Excellence).
- Choose a program that involves hands-on training.
- If possible, choose a specialty or take coursework that focuses on ethical hacking.
- Check into internships if they are available within the program of the college.