GPEN vs. OSCP: Which one is better for a career in ethical hacking and/or pentesting?

Introduction: Ethical hacking and pentesting are crucial

Cybercrime statistics suggest that unethical attackers have become more innovative in their ways to exploit vulnerabilities on internet-connected systems to target sensitive data or wreak havoc. Therefore, a security plan is needed to protect the confidentiality, integrity or availability of all information assets.

One solution is to invest in IT security specialists who can carry out ethical hacking and/or penetration testing in a controlled environment. Ethical hackers and pentesters can identify critical cybersecurity risks through real-world attacks and, after a detailed analysis of the found vulnerabilities, find out their root cause. By utilizing techniques similar to those of malicious hackers, these security professionals are in the best position to help mitigate the widest range of cyberthreats in today’s digital landscape.

Ethical hackers/penetration testers wanted: The hottest job in the IT security industry

These days, there is no shortage of opportunities for professionals knowledgeable in penetration testing and ethical hacking. According to Credence Research, a worldwide market research and counseling firm, “globally, the penetration testing market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 26.5% during the forecast period from 2019 to 2027, starting from $850.2 Mn in 2018”  with North America accounting for around 35% of the total market.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook also shows how entering the profession nowadays is a very good idea. Looking at the figures for information security analysts (under which penetration testing duties are listed), we can see how employment is projected to grow 32 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology informs us of the shortage of cybersecurity professionals: a whopping three million are needed, with a special demand for more talent who strive to be pentesters and for (Read more...)

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