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So You Wanna Be a Pen Tester? 3 Paths To Consider

by Ed Skoudis

One of the most common questions I get asked when teaching classes for SANS is, "How can I get my first job as a penetration tester?" Some people accidentally fall into a pen test job, while others aren't so lucky and need to steer their careers in more of a penetration testing direction.

To that end, the fine folks at Security Bistro asked me to write a short piece on different paths toward getting a job in penetration testing. I don't claim my list is exhaustive, but I spell out three of the most common paths toward doing professional pen testing that I've seen many friends use (and that I used myself). I also provide a bunch of tips for each path. Check out the article here:


Welcome to the SANS Pen Test Blog

Hello and welcome to the SANS Pen Test Blog!

We're very excited to launch this new endeavor, which will focus on information sharing about computer attacks, written from the perspective of professional penetration testers, ethical hackers, and incident handlers. We'll be publishing articles chock full of attack tips, methodologies, and recommendations.

Our focus will be on practicality and applicability, with articles written so that you can use their ideas directly in your work to help organizations better understand and manage their security risks.

I'm honored that some of the best of the best pen testers and security pros will be posting here, infosec stud muffins like Josh Wright, Mark Baggett, and Pieter Danhieux, among many others from throughout the pen test community. Looking at the series of articles we've got on deck, I can't wait!

We'll have new posts a couple times a week, as we strive to become a useful resource for the penetration testing