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How do I become a pen tester?

By piratebob ·
Hi,

I work in IT tech support and I would like to change career and become a pen tester. I already have a full-time job and obligations so my time is limited.

What would the fastest way be to become a pen tester? Can I work freelance or is that not common?

So far I have done tutorials and I’m pretty familiar with Kali and Parrot.

I have seen a job post from a Swiss company that says experience is OK, as opposed to a formal qualification, roughly what experience could that be and how could I get that?

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Thank you.
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by rproffitt Moderator In reply to How do I become a pen tes ...

You should be doing pen testing NOW. You would be using what you find on the web and more.

Next you need to consider certifications or getting a job at a pen test company.

Also, there's a lot of Penetration Testing that requires nothing more than a work shirt with a company logo and a clipboard. Sometimes folk forget that.

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Just go to your local Office Depot

by birdmantd Moderator In reply to How do I become a pen tes ...

While there get a box of Pilot and Bic pens and send your results to the manufacturer.

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Just a note.

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to Just go to your local Off ...

pentest is cybersecurity jargon for penetration test.

Off topic:
Here in The Netherlands there's a famous case of the socalled "ballpoint murder". The pen was used to penetrate an eye of the victim. But it couldn't be proved that it wasn't an unlucky fatal incident, so it ended with an acquittal.

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