Penetration Tester Skills

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What skills should I have to become a Penetration Tester?
Jan 2 in Career Counselling by Vidhyut
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Here are the technical skills we have seen employers favoring:

  • Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems
  • C, C++, C#, Java, ASM, PHP, PERL
  • Network servers and networking tools (e.g. Nessus, nmap, Burp, etc.)
  • Computer hardware and software systems
  • Web-based applications
  • Security frameworks (e.g. ISO 27001/27002, NIST, HIPPA, SOX, etc.)
  • Security tools and products (Fortify, AppScan, etc.)
  • Vulnerability analysis and reverse engineering
  • Metasploit framework
  • Forensics tools
  • Cryptography principles
answered Jan 2 by Mohan
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A penetration tester should find vulnerabilities in an application. So he must have a good knowledge of all the possible vulnerabilities that an application can have and how to find and exploit it. Should be good with penetration testing tools and have creativity to use them in a customized way.
answered Mar 9 by Sagar

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