What Is It Like to Be a Penetration Tester for an In-House Team?

Being a penetration tester is an exciting and lucrative career, but is it the right one for you? You may be reading this article because you:

  • Are interested in becoming a penetration tester
  • Are currently freelancing and are considering taking on a corporate role
  • Are working at a company which is considering setting up an in-house pentesting team
  • Have recently qualified as a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

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Below, we will answer some common questions aspiring penetration testers and ethical hackers ask about working for an in-house team and provide links to related resources. At the end, you will be able to make an informed decision about whether a job on an in-house team is a viable career option to suit your lifestyle, interests, financial needs, skills, and experience.

The Job: Roles and Responsibilities of Pentesters on In-House Teams

Cybersecurity Job Roles and Pentesting Specialization

Entry-level ethical hackers will usually start their careers in a role such as junior systems administrator, network administrator or IT support. With further experience and professional qualifications, you could move into a junior penetration-testing role. As a penetration tester, you will have many opportunities to specialize in a particular niche, whether in an entry-level or management position. Common areas of specialization (and these may overlap) include:

  • Servers and network endpoints
  • Windows, Linux or Mac operating systems
  • Web-based products and applications
  • Mobile applications and wireless devices
  • Software code vulnerabilities
  • Improper software configuration management implementation
  • SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) control systems
  • IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Social engineering tactics
  • Security frameworks and standards

A senior penetration tester may choose to work with or open a security consultancy, become a freelance ethical hacker or climb the ladder in-house to a managerial position.

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