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How To Become A Penetration Tester?

April 23, 2021
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Hacking sounds bad, doesn’t it? 

But what if that’s what you need for all humanity’s goodness? Sometimes a little “evil action” is what it takes to defeat the evil mastermind? The ethical form of the evil act of hacking has a name. And it comes with a huge salary too. It’s called penetration testing. Pen testing for short!

Pen testing is not about testing your pen but testing the cybersecurity of a business or an individual agency. Depending on the nature of the business and the type of client, the complexity of security required also differs. Penetration testing simulates cyber attacks to see the vulnerabilities in the security system, strengthen the security and minimize the chances of exploitation, robbery and so many more. There are also more than one ways to do penetration testing. And there are also so many stages to this form of hacking. Much like any other method of hacking, we are simply using it for a much better purpose. 

In the world of information technology, making a powerful combination with artificial intelligence it is our duty to up our “hacking game”. For the better good, today we are going to learn how to become ethical hackers. Brace yourself, because the journey may be long but it can be incredibly rewarding. 

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Pick Up A Book And A Certification

This is not your beginner-friendly method of learning how to become a pen tester. A pen tester takes years to become an expert and specialize in themselves. Normally, it is common for those who have experience in coding, programming, and security to become a penetration tester. But the niche certainly requires prior knowledge and expertise before jumping in. world-renowned books about pen testing can take you a long way and teach you the basics and fundamentals. The more we read, the more we learn. And the more we learn, the more we are able to practice the art. So when first challenging yourself to learn penetration testing, read and get certified. There are more than one ways to get certified and today’s world is filled with endless courses that get you certified. Certification helps you become credible and gain the recognition you deserve. 

Get A Job At An Information Technology Or A Security Firm

There is no better way to learn than to actually situating yourself in the learning environment. The pen tester’s learning playground is ideally a security firm. They specialize in man powering cybersecurity,  empowering and walling up their security systems, and learning ways to mitigate the vulnerabilities, and discovering points of exploitation. Granted that you have previous experience in programming or any other deep knowledge related to information technology, start applying the concepts of security in your knowledge. And what better place to learn and familiarize yourself with security concepts than in an actual security firm? The act of penetration testing is not necessarily about theory. So whatever you learn must be applied and all surrounding the concept of penetration testing is practical. 

Master Problem Solving Skills

Your technical skills are crucial for the world of pen testing. There is no way to get ahead in the world of ethical hacking without the basic knowledge of all programming languages, scripting, mastering operating systems such as Linux, reverse engineering, and the list goes on. Having formal training in an IT firm or a security firm also gets us the basics knowledge we might need.

But there is a need for soft skills added to the formula to becoming a great penetration testing expert. Penetration testing is much like a complex puzzle or a jigsaw that we need to solve, analyze and find solutions to. Having problems solving skills and analytical skills is one of the most significant things one can do for their career. You also must be great at communication since you will be working with many other software engineers who are waiting for your assessment as a penetration tester. Your soft skills do determine how far you get in your journey of pen testing!

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