What does a Penetration Tester do

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What all are the things that a Penetration Tester does as his job?
Jan 2, 2019 in Career Counselling by Vidhyut
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If you think your life as a Penetration Tester will be like that of a hacker in movies, I'm sorry to disappoint you but you live your life like that only a few days a week. As a Penetration tester, you'll have to do more of documentation. Here are the task you could basically do:

  • Perform formal penetration tests on web-based applications, networks and computer systems
  • Conduct physical security assessments of servers, systems and network devices
  • Design and create new penetration tools and tests
  • Probe for vulnerabilities in web applications, fat/thin client applications and standard applications
  • Pinpoint methods that attackers could use to exploit weaknesses and logic flaws
  • Employ social engineering to uncover security holes (e.g. poor user security practices or password policies)
  • Incorporate business considerations (e.g. loss of earnings due to downtime, cost of engagement, etc.) into security strategies
  • Research, document and discuss security findings with management and IT teams
  • Review and define requirements for information security solutions
  • Work on improvements for security services, including the continuous enhancement of existing methodology material and supporting assets
  • Provide feedback and verification as an organization fixes security issues
To know more about it, it is recommended to take the Masters in Cyber Security Program today.
answered Jan 2, 2019 by Losti
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A penetration tester can also be called as an Ethical Hacker or a White Hat hacker. Penetration testers find vulnerabilities in the network or the application. A penetration tester is hired by a company and then asked to test a certain network or application for vulnerabilities which can be exploited by a Hacker. A penetration tester runs various tests and reports if any vulnerabilities are found. Then this report is submitted to the concerned person who further works on solving the problems. A penetration tester may also suggest the organization how the network or system security can be made more secure.
answered Mar 12, 2019 by Kishore
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Hi Vidhyut, some of the responsibilities of a Penetration Tester are:

  • Perform penetration tests on computer systems, networks, and applications

  • Create new testing methods to identify vulnerabilities

  • Pinpoint methods and entry points that attackers may use to exploit vulnerabilities or weaknesses

  • Review and provide feedback for information security fixes

  • Establish improvements for existing security services, including hardware, software, policies, and procedures

  • Identify areas where improvement is needed in security education and awareness for users

  • Stay updated on the latest malware and security threats

answered May 30, 2019 by Umesh

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