Interested in starting a career in Penetration Testing? Here are some tips!

We recently posted: “A day in the life of a penetration tester (ethical hacker). What’s it like?” which covered the ‘fun’ and ‘boring’ bits of the job.

Our summary and conclusion was that, all in all, being a Penetration Tester/ Ethical Hacker, is an excellent, well-paid and importantly is an in-demand career and profession! If you are interested in a career in information security then go for it – especially if you are just starting your professional life. If you already work in IT then rotating into the InfoSec space is likely very achievable. In fact, the majority of our students are ‘mature’ in the sense that they have been working for at least 10/ 15 years in IT.

This post lists a bunch of resources that you might find helpful if you are thinking of becoming a penetration tester. We are not going to waste time defining what a pentester is, let’s take that for a given and keep it moving! Rather than bombard you with tons of resources, we have stripped down our list so that it’s concise and to the point!

First on our list is a superb book: “The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws.” This is an excellent resource because, as anyone working within IT will know, especially those in information security: Web Applications are one of the easiest ways for a hacker to gain access to a corporations/ organizations data and network. Understanding how to secure Web Applications is vital. Period. You need to learn that.