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Advance Your Blue Teaming Skills with IHRP

The Incident Handling & Response Professional (IHRP) training course is now available for enrollment. Discover this course’s details and see how you can benefit from it to better your defensive skills and become the IR professional companies wish they had.

In today’s hyper-connected world where everyone is a target to cybercriminals, organizations are fighting tooth and nails to find skilled cybersecurity professionals. While it’s a great asset to have red-teaming skills, companies expect their IT Security teams to not only know how to defend and assist in cases of malicious intrusions but also to have the right skills to hunt and secure them from such events in the first place. If you’re reading this because you’re interested in learning more and/or switching to the blue side of security, then IHRP might just be the right training course for you.

Incident Handling & Response Professional (IHRP) 

The Incident Handling & Response Professional (IHRP) training course is self-paced and highly hands-on. Here are some of the benefits of this course modules:

  • Documents how to set up an incident handling & response capability
  • Analyzes in-detail how attackers operate and how to detect each Technique, Tactic, and Procedure they use
  • Covers detecting intrusions or intrusion attempts during all stages of the Cyber Kill Chain
  • Showcases a variety of different intrusion detection techniques such as: analyzing traffic, flows, and endpoints, as well as performing correlations and endpoint or protocol analytics
  • Covers how to effectively utilize and fine-tune open-source IDS solutions (Snort, Bro, Suricata etc.)
  • Makes students capable of making the best of open-source SIEM solutions (ELK stack, Splunk, Osquery etc.)
  • Showcases how tactical threat intelligence can enhance your detection capabilities
  • Documents how to leverage baselines for effective intrusion detection
  • Provides students with real-life incident response scenarios

Want to know more? Discover the detailed syllabus here.

Why You Should Consider IHRP
  • Hands-on and real-life scenario labs: There is no substitute for learning IT Security hands-on, just like learning how to drive a car. You have to sit in it to fully learn the skills. All the labs of this training course simulate real-life scenarios.
  • Hours of video course materials: Videos help illustrate and understand complicated topics from the course slides more easily
  • Thousands of course slide materials: Interactive learning at your own speed, skipping back and forth to fully understand each topic before practicing labs and/or taking your exam. Slides will always be available to you in your member’s area.
  • Lifetime access to the course materials: Nobody can remember everything, you can always come back to double check on something you learned.
  • Exam voucher to get certified included: There is no additional cost or headache to get certified. Your course content in the Full and Elite Editions covers everything that is needed to pass the exam.
  • Online learning: You can obtain both the theoretical and practical skills from the comfort of your own home or office. A major benefit is that you can decide when to learn, and you can do so at your own speed. This also saves time and additional cost for travel and accommodation.

Get Early Access & 50% Off Your Course Fees

Interested in learning everything blue-team? Enjoy 50% off the new IHRP training course fees in Elite Edition when you enroll before December 31, 2018.  This early access offer will grant you immediate access to the first two modules, ‘Incident Handling Process’ and ‘Intrusion Detection by Analyzing Traffic’, and hands-on labs in which you will be tasked with detecting real-world attacks and malware. New content will be added automatically in your member’s area every two weeks, as it becomes available. Enrollments after January 1st will be closed until the final release of this training course in March.

Interested in this blue teaming course? Enroll before December 31st and get 50% off your course fees discounted automatically on the checkout page 😉

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The 4 Steps Of Incident Handling & Response

An estimated 3.6 billion records were breached in the first 9 months of 2018 alone. While these numbers show some improvement, cyber incidents will inevitably continue to happen. For that, security professionals need to know the Incident Handling and Response processes.

According to NIST’s Computer Security Incident Handling Guide, the Incident Response (IR) life cycle is made of 4 phases, as shown below.

1. Preparation

In this initial phase, organizations plan to handle incidents and attempt to limit the number of potential incidents by selecting and implementing a set of controls based on the results of risk assessments. This step involves outlining everyone’s responsibility, hardware, tools, documentation, etc. and taking steps to reduce the possibility of an incident happening.

2. Detection & Analysis

In this phase, the IR team analyzes all the symptoms reported and confirms whether or not the situation would be classified as an incident.

3. Containment, Eradication, and Recovery
In this phase, The IR team now gathers intel and create signatures that will help them identify each compromised system. With this information, the organization can mitigate the impact of incidents by containing them and countermeasures can be put in place to neutralize the attacker and restore systems/data back to normal.
4. Post-incident Activities

This is more of a ‘lesson learned’ phase. Its goal is to improve the overall security posture of the organization and to ensure that similar incidents won’t happen in the future.

When incidents happen, we tend to panic and wonder “what now?”. It’s important to remain calm and follow best practices and company procedures. For this reason, NIST has published its Computer Security Incident Handling Guide to lead you through the preparation, detection, handling, and recovery steps of Incident Handling & Response.

Interested in learning more about this topic? Join us on December 11 to discover a preview of the Incident Handling and Response Professional (IHRP) training course and take part in an exciting live demonstration.
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Introducing Incident Handling & Response Professional (IHRP)

We are introducing the Incident Handling & Response Professional (IHRP) training course on December 11, 2018. Find out more and register for an exciting preview webinar.

No matter the strength of your company’s defense strategy, it is inevitable that security incidents will happen. Poor and/or delayed incident response has caused enormous damages and reputational harm to Yahoo, Uber, and most recently Facebook, to name a few. For this reason, Incident Response (IR) has become a crucial component of any IT Security department and knowing how to respond to such events is growing to be a more and more important skill.

Aspiring to switch to a career in Incident Response? Here’s how our new Incident Handling & Response Professional (IHRP) training course can help you learn the necessary skills and techniques for a successful career in this field.

Incident Handling & Response Professional (IHRP) 

The Incident Handling & Response Professional course (IHRP) is an online, self-paced training course that provides all the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Professionally analyze, handle and respond to security incidents, on heterogeneous networks and assets
  • Understand the mechanics of modern cyber attacks and how to detect them
  • Effectively use and fine-tune open source IDS, log management and SIEM solutions
  • Detect and even (proactively) hunt for intrusions by analyzing traffic, flows and endpoints, as well as utilizing analytics and tactical threat intelligence

This training is the cornerstone of our blue teaming course catalog or, as we called it internally, “The PTP of Blue Team”.

Discover This Course & Get An Exclusive Offer

Take part in an exciting live demonstration and discover the complete syllabus of our latest course, Incident Handling & Response Professional (IHRP), on December 11. During this event, all the attendees will get their hands on an exclusive launch offer. Stay tuned! 😉

Be the first to know all about this modern blue teaming training course, join us on December 11.
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Top 10 Skills Every Purple Teamer Must Have

Today, cyber threats are created faster and are in a more sophisticated manner than ever before. Bad actors are ready to go the extra mile to get their hands on all types of organizations, industries, and information. So, in a hyper-connected world where everyone is a target, what are the top skills purple teamers need to have? Find out.
Top 10 Skills Every Purple Teamer Must Have
  1. Web Application Penetration Testing — It is the process of using penetration testing techniques on a web application to detect its vulnerabilities before cybercriminals do.
  2. Mobile Penetration Testing — Mobile apps are becoming an increasing asset for businesses, but a threat at the same time. To make sure customers’ data is secure, mobile apps need to be tested for vulnerabilities as well.
  3. WiFi Penetration Testing —  A compromised wifi puts an entire’s organization network at risk. WiFi penetration testing is a crucial skill for IT Security professionals in 2018, and hiring managers know it.
  4. Advanced Social Engineering — Knowing the various means by which attackers can use social engineering techniques to gain access to an organization’s data is a great skill for all security professionals. You’ll need to be aware of the psychology and technical elements involved in phishing, vishing, baiting, etc.
  5. Advanced Adversary Simulation — By performing security assessments that simulate adversary attacks, an organization’s security is put to the test — from inside out, and focused on what attackers can get access to when successfully penetrating an organization’s environment.
  6. Defense Evasion — Defense Evasion is a tactic an adversary may use to bypass an information security device in order to ‘evade’ detection, or other defenses. Needless to say, it’s a red-teamer’s essential skill too.
  7. Threat Hunting — Threat Hunting skills come with knowing how to proactively search through networks to detect and isolate advanced threats that may have evaded existing security solutions.
  8. Threat Intelligence — By knowing how to analyze internal and external threats an organization may face, you are gathering threat intelligence. This knowledge will then help you make more informed decisions on potential remediation solutions, plans, etc.
  9. Incident Response — Incident response skills come with being able to address and manage the aftermath of a security breach or cyber attack. This comes in handy in a world where an attack happens every 39 seconds on average.
  10. Endpoint Monitoring — Endpoints are typically the initial target because they provide an entry point to the network, and therefore, access to the data attackers want. Knowing how to thoroughly monitor those endpoints and detect unknown threats is a valuable skill for any IT security professional to have.
How Can You Get There?

The purple teamer training path was designed as a guide for you to become equally skilled in both advanced offensive and defensive security techniques. This training path includes the latest versions of our Penetration Testing Professional (PTP), Penetration Testing Extreme (PTX), and Threat Hunting Professional (THP) training courses. Dive into the Purple Teamer path with a free demo of each course and see for yourself!

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Special Offer — Until November 30, 2018

If you are just beginning in this field, or if you feel that you need to review the penetration testing basics, we’re offering a free Penetration Testing Student (PTS) training course in Elite Edition with every enrollment in the PTP training course in Elite Edition until November 30, 2018.

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Purple Teamer Month: Get PTS Elite for FREE

On the occasion of our very first Purple Teamer month, we’re offering you the opportunity to get a free PTS training course in Elite Edition. Discover this month’s offers below.

Get Your Free PTS Training Course in Elite Edition

We want to help you become the best purple teamer and boost your all-around skills. For this reason, we’ve decided to celebrate our first Purple Teamer month by offering you a free PTS training course in Elite Edition when you enroll in PTP Elite Edition too. The PTP course is the first of a series of 3 highly-practical training that make the Purple Teamer training path — A deep dive into both advanced penetration testing and threat intelligence worlds.

In the Penetration Testing Student (PTS) training course, you’ll learn Networking and Programming skills up to the most important basics of Penetration Testing. With the Elite Edition, you’ll be able to practice real-life scenarios for topics such as Bruteforce and Password Cracking, ARP Poisoning, and more. Read more about this course here.

By completing this training course, you’ll have the choice to become a certified Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT). By passing this challenging exam and obtaining the eJPT certificate, you can prove your skills in the fastest growing area of information security. Learn more about this certification here.

In the Penetration Testing Professional (PTP) training course, you’ll learn more professional and advanced penetration testing skills. During your training, you’ll have access to your very own lab environment to perform real-life pentesting scenarios for topics such as Finding and Exploiting DLL Hijacking Vulnerabilities, NetBIOS Hacking, and more. Read more about this course here.

Upon completing this course, you’ll have the choice to become a certified Professional Penetration Tester (eCPPT). During the certification exam, you are expected to perform an actual penetration test on a corporate network modeled after a real-world scenario. Needless to say, you’ll prove that you have the skills required to be a successful pentester. Learn more about this certification here.

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Get Unlimited Lab Time for Free

If you are already a PTS student, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy our November’s Purple Teamer month offer too! That’s why we’ve decided to offer you unlimited lab time for free when you enroll in the PTP training course until November 30th.

Wondering if PTP is the right training course for you? Here are 10 reasons why we think it is.

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The Anatomy Of A Great Purple Teamer [Infographic]

Purple Team Members (or Purple Teamers) are valuable assets because they have the best of both worlds: The techniques to perform attacks and the eye to determine where threats lie. Find out what makes a great purple team member below.
Anatomy Of A Great Purple Teamer
Towards Becoming a Great Purple Teamer

The Purple Team Member training path is the most advanced and hands-on training path on purple teaming in the market. This training path is oriented towards IT security professionals who want to possess both cutting-edge offensive and defensive skills.

The path starts by teaching you the most up-to-date penetration testing methodology and attacking techniques so that you acquire a basic understanding of how attackers operate. Then, you will dive into the world of advanced penetration testing and red teaming. Armed with this knowledge, in addition to knowing how to create your own custom attack vectors and how to evade modern defenses, you will be able to deeply understand and simulate how advanced adversaries perform their operations.

The Purple Team Member path ends by providing you with threat hunting and threat intelligence skills. In this final stage, you will combine what you learned in the previous stages with cutting-edge intrusion detection techniques, to proactively hunt down adversaries in your network.

After completing this training path, you will be an all-around and highly skilled Purple Team member that will be capable of not only simulating advanced adversaries but also hunting intruders on endpoints, the wire and in memory.

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A Day In The Life Of A Purple Teamer

Considering the ruthless tactics attackers will use to gain access to an organization’s assets, security professionals are now seeking to have both red and blue teaming skills. We asked Dimitrios Bougioukas, our training director, a few questions about the challenges and opportunities that come with being a purple teamer.

What are your main responsibilities as a Training Director & Purple Teamer?

My main responsibilities include directing eLearnSecurity’s course development activities, leading the IT security research endeavors of the company and constantly monitoring the threat landscape as well as the latest technology advancements in order to create new courses that cover new and emerging IT security segments.

What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging?
As a Training Director, my upper goal is to create the next generation of complete and up-to-date IT security professionals. We take our students’/clients’ education seriously and we strive towards providing the most practical and up-to-date IT security courses in the market. As you can imagine, when I see students passing our challenging exams and applying the knowledge they obtained to effectively secure their organization, it is the most fulfilling and satisfying feeling in the world. On the other hand, the most challenging part of my job is conducting IT security research, discovering new attack vectors, security bypasses etc. To do so, understanding the underpinnings and full capabilities of each technology is required and this is just the beginning. Countless attempts of trying to subvert each technology’s normal flow by supplying all kinds of imaginative input is also required and this is equally demanding.
What are the most important skills for Purple Teamers?
To become a purple teamer, you will have to be equally skilled at (web app, infrastructure, mobile, cloud) penetration testing and at incident response/threat hunting. Reverse engineering and/or information security management skills are also nice to have. Especially the information security management skills are of great importance, since on enterprise environments technical skills and skilled personnel is nothing without properly implemented IT security processes, planning, and management.
What jobs can you get with purple teaming skills?
To be honest, when you have mastered both Red and Blue team skills, the job possibilities are endless. And I don’t just mean that you can fill a penetration testing or an incident response/threat hunting position with ease. I mean that you will be in the position to even fill an IT security management position with minimum effort (of course some information security management and/or risk management skills will be required to do so).
What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become a successful purple teamer?

I am sure that you have figured by now, that becoming a Purple Teamer is a demanding endeavor. I would recommend being methodical, patient and passionate while developing your skillset. The danger of  “educational fatigue” is high during this journey, so, take it easy and enjoy every destination.

 

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Introducing the Purple Team Member Training Path

Designed to help you gain both offensive and defensive skills, the Purple Team Member training path is the most advanced and hands-on training path on purple teaming in the market. Read more below.

The Purple Team Member Training Path

The Purple Team Member training path is oriented towards IT security professionals who want to possess both cutting-edge offensive and defensive skills.

The path starts by teaching you the most up-to-date penetration testing methodology and attacking techniques so that you acquire a basic understanding of how attackers operate. Then, you will dive into the world of advanced penetration testing and red teaming. Armed with this knowledge, in addition to knowing how to create your own custom attack vectors and how to evade modern defenses, you will be able to deeply understand and simulate how advanced adversaries perform their operations.

The Purple Team Member path ends by providing you with threat hunting and threat intelligence skills. In this final stage, you will combine what you learned in the previous stages with cutting-edge intrusion detection techniques, to proactively hunt down adversaries in your network.

After completing this training path, you will be an all-around and highly skilled Purple Team member that will be capable of not only simulating advanced adversaries but also hunting intruders on endpoints, the wire and in memory.

This training path helps you develop proficiency in the NIST role of Cyber Instructor.

The Cyber Instructor Role

As a cyber instructor, you will be in charge of developing and conducting training or education of personnel within a cyber domain. You need to be highly qualified in both offensive and defensive sides of IT Security in order to share your knowledge, experience, and personal lessons with other professionals.

Get started with your professional training

Get started on the Purple Team Member path, click on the course icon/s below to request a free course demo:

Penetration Testing Professional (PTP)

Penetration Testing Extreme (PTX)

Threat Hunting Professional (THP)

Get 15% off the course fees when you enroll in this training path and receive lifetime course-updates at no extra cost when you complete it by obtaining all 3 certifications.

A Solution For Companies Of All Sizes

From Junior to Expert in the world’s largest organizations, we provide each member of your team with relevant practical cybersecurity skills. Have one of our specialists show you what this training path is capable to do for your IT Security team, fill in this form to schedule a demo and know more about our corporate solutions.

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What is Purple Teaming & Why Is It Essential

What happens when red and blue team members work together towards a more collaborative approach? A stronger security method called purple teaming arises. Find out what it is and how it has become essential for organizations of all size.

What is Purple Teaming?

Purple teaming is when both red and blue team members work together to make the most out of their respective expertise and strengthen their company/client’s cyber security.

This (not so) recent method has proven very effective to help secure all sizes of organizations. Indeed, by simulating a various range of threat scenarios, the purple team is able to detect and secure its organization’s vulnerabilities more efficiently than ever beforeAdditionally, such scenarios can shed light on each team’s strengths and weaknesses, helping them get better over time.

Learn how purple team tactics, adversary simulation, scenario-based training, and threat intelligence can be used to enhance your security team’s capabilities against next-generation cyber-attacks here.
Why is Purple Teaming Important?

One too many times, organizations get compromised by cybercriminals in their quest for confidential data. This is not necessarily due to poorly skilled employees, but rather to new threat vectors or techniques that go unnoticed. Being a good purple teamer comes with constantly staying up-to-date.

By conducting attack vs. defense team scenarios, or purple teaming assignments, an organization is more informed of all the potential threats it is facing. In other words, purple teaming engagements allows an organization’s IT Security teams to hunt, detect, and fix all the vulnerabilities, and to be prepared for any attack that may come their way.

Aspiring to learn modern purple teaming tactics? Check out our Purple Team Member training path.
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Top 10 Highest-Paying IT Security Roles

With cyber attacks continuously making our morning headlines, IT Security has become a concern for all organizations. In an attempt to stay secure, companies are willing to break the piggy bank for skilled professionals, so it’s no surprise salaries in this field are hitting the roof. Find out what are some of the highest-paying IT Security roles in the US.
Chief Information Security Officer | $180,000 – $300,000

C-suite executives are usually well-paid, and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are no exception. They are extremely valuable to their organizations because they offer the best of both worlds: they are business savvy and own a wide range of technical skills.

Applications Security Engineer | $123,000 – $144,000

With businesses relying on all kinds of web and mobile apps, Applications Security Engineers earn big. While their salary sure looks appealing, this role requires a strong set of skills. They are in charge of an entire organization’s application security, which makes them responsible if any attack happen.

Information Security Analyst | $77,000 – $143,000

Information Security Analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. However, their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyber attacks increases every year.

Reverse Engineer | $72,000 – $139,000

By taking a piece of malware apart and studying it, Reverse Engineers can help develop new tools to combat the techniques used by malware developers, rather than reactively developing defenses for individual malware programs. Reverse engineering is widely used in computer hardware and software to enhance product features or fix certain bugs.

Data Security Analyst | $65,000 – $131,000

Data security analysts work to protect the troves of sensitive data that companies store such as credit card details, billing information, customer data, and more. There are highly valuable to a company because they are dealing directly with an organization’s most sensitive assets.

IT Security Consultant | $52,000 – $120,000

It is crucial for security consultants to have an extensive range of skills. Indeed, you never know what your client will ask next. From simple penetration tests to assistance after a breach, consultants need to know everything.
One other important skill for consultants to have is communication. You need to be able to explain to execs, without jargon, what happened and/or how to fix the issue.

Penetration Tester | $47,000 – $109,000

Penetration testers, also known as pentesters, are a very important part of a security team. These highly-skilled (ethical) hackers are responsible for finding, exploiting, and providing remediation plans for all vulnerabilities a company may have. In 2018, there is no secure organization without the help of penetration testers.

Systems Administrator | $53,000 – $106,000

According to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, System Administrators (SysAdmins) are responsible for setting up and maintaining an entire system or specific components of a system. For example, establishing and managing user accounts, overseeing or conducting backup and recovery tasks, implementing operational and technical security controls, etc.

IT Security Specialist | $46,000 – $102,000

Computer security is of utmost importance to organizations seeking to protect their assets on the world wide web. IT Security Specialists, also called Computer Security Specialists, are responsible for protecting those assets on a day-to-day basis.

While the cybersecurity landscape evolves, an increasing number of new roles and threats are born too. This growth gives way to a deeper and deeper skill gap question that companies answer by searching for all-around industry experts – at all cost.

Want to give your IT Security career a boost and become proficient in industry-standard roles? Check out our brand-new training paths.
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Source: Glassdoor | IT Career Finder | NIST


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How To Get Our New Course Updates For Free

Do you ever wish you could receive lifetime new course-updates for free? Wish granted! Find out how.

This summer, we launched our new Training Paths. These combinations of Elite Edition courses were designed by our IT Security experts as a guide for you to become proficient in industry-standard roles outlined in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework by NIST, and can easily be integrated into corporate education plans.

Industry Standard Roles Our Training Paths Will Prepare You For
  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst: Performs assessments of systems and networks within the network environment or enclave and identifies where those systems/networks deviate from acceptable configurations, enclave policy, or local policy. Measures effectiveness of defense-in-depth architecture against known vulnerabilities.
  • Secure Software Assessor: Analyzes the security of new or existing computer applications, software, or specialized utility programs and provides actionable results.
  • Exploitation Analyst: Collaborates to identify access and collection gaps that can be satisfied through cyber collection and/or
    preparation activities. Leverages all authorized resources and analytic techniques to penetrate targeted networks.
  • Cyber Instructor: Develops and conducts training or education of personnel within the cyber domain.
  • Cyber Defense Incident Responder: Investigates, analyzes, and responds to cyber incidents within the network environment or enclave.
  • System Administrator: Responsible for setting up and maintaining a system or specific components of a system (e.g. for example, installing, configuring, and updating hardware and software; establishing and managing user accounts; overseeing or conducting backup and recovery tasks; implementing operational and technical security controls; and adhering to organizational security policies and procedures).
How To Get Lifetime New Course Updates For Free

Whether you are one of our students or thinking about getting started, you can now get your hands on our new course-updates for free. Here’s how!

Each training path is composed of 3 highly-practical training courses. If you complete a path by obtaining all the certifications in it, you’ll receive lifetime course-updates for those courses at no extra cost.

It’s as simple as that!

With the goal of helping you get started with your IT security career, we’re offering you 15% off your course fees when enrolling in the training path of your choice.

Are you already one of our students?

Just complete the remaining courses and certs of your chosen training path to receive lifetime new course-updates for free. 😉 You will also get a volume discount when you enroll in 2+ courses, directly discounted at the time of enrollment.

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Pentesters: Employment Options & Salaries

Are you a professional pentester or aspiring to become one? Penetration testing is a skill-based role, and the more skills and practical experience you have, the more your value will increase. Here are some of the employment options and salaries for professional penetration testers.

Employment Options of Penetration Testers

Freelance 

IT Security freelancers get paid by the project and directly by companies requesting their services. As a freelancer, you can offer any service a company may need, from simple penetration tests to consulting on their entire security strategy.

One common path for professional penetration testers is Bug Hunting. Not only will your existing skills help you to be good at it, but you will also have a choice to hunt for bugs during your free time or on a more full-time manner. Attention, revenue is not guaranteed. Bug hunters usually get paid based on the vulnerability type and severity. There are numerous online platforms here to help you find the right gig. Some companies offering freelance gigs for experienced professionals that you can try are BugCrowd & HackerOne.

Find out how to use your pentesting skills to make extra bucks as a Bug Hunter here.

IT Security Service Company 

Here, you are working with a company as a third-party contractor providing a service. Clients can request a various range of services from basic vulnerability assessments to incident handling and response after a breach. Some of the services corporations frequently ask for are:

  • Mapping of their organization’s IT infrastructure
  • Implementing the right cybersecurity strategy for their company
  • Performing pentests on their systems, networks, mobile or web applications, etc.
  • Hunting for vulnerabilities in their infrastructure, applications, etc.
  • Incident handling and/or response after a data breach

There is an infinite number of requests depending on the organization asking, so professionals working with IT Security service companies must have extensive knowledge.

In-house Employee 

When working ‘In-House’, you are directly hired by the company as a part of the IT Security department. Depending on your job role, you might be in charge of monitoring computer networks for security issues, simulating cyber attacks in order to identify and report security flaws, operating software to protect systems and information infrastructure, investigating security breaches and other incidents, and much more…

As an in-house employee, you do not have external clients. Your client is the company you work for.

How Much Does a Penetration Tester Earn?

Standard penetration tests can range from $4,000 up to $15,000 if done as a renown service company. As a freelancer, you can choose to either get paid per hour of service or per project. The cost depends on the size and scope of the penetration test, so make sure to read all the details before agreeing to a freelance gig.

According to Glassdoor, in-house penetration testers in the US can earn between $49K and $109K per year. Depending on your specialization, expertise, and experience, it can be much more. The highest paying skills associated with this job deal with network security management, web security & encryption, and security testing & auditing.

Read more about the skills next-level IT Security professionals should have here.

With more malware created in just a few hours than in the entire 20th century, corporations are on high-alert to keep their data and those of their customers secure. For this reason, more and more organizations find themselves searching for temporary workers to help with their extra security needs – and professionals turn to different employment options, either full-time or as a side-hustle.

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#CyberAware – 4 FAQs on Penetration Testing

Penetration testing is one of the best practices to ensure a company’s infrastructure is secure from bad actors trying to get their hands on confidential information. On the occasion of this year’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)#CyberAware – we want to discuss 4 of the most frequently asked questions about penetration testing.

What is the difference between a Vulnerability Assessment and a Penetration Test?

A vulnerability assessment is aimed at identifying known vulnerabilities in an organization’s infrastructure. This is helpful for establishing whether or not the company’s security measures are working. However, one does not actually exploit the vulnerabilities identified or consider the overall security management processes.

A penetration test (or pentest), on the other hand, evaluates the security of assets by running a series of planned attacks with the goal of finding and exploiting vulnerabilities. It is intended to be much more in depth, and a specific methodology must be respected.

In other words, the vulnerability assessment is a part of the penetration testing process, but the actual exploitation is in the next phase of the penetration testing cycle. Penetration testing is a more complete process, and goes as follow:

  • Information Gathering
  • Footprinting & Scanning
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Exploitation
  • Reporting

What are the different Types of Penetration Tests?

A penetration tester, much like an experienced ethical hacker, performs deep investigations of the remote system security flaws and test for all vulnerabilities, not just the ones that may grant them root access. Penetration testing is not about getting root. Some of the most common forms of penetration tests are:

  • Web Application penetration tests — typically to find a company’s technical vulnerabilities.
  • Infrastructure penetration tests — examines servers, firewalls and other hardware for security vulnerabilities.
  • Wireless penetration tests — attempts to locate access points and weak encryption algorithms.
  • Social engineering (simulated phishing) penetration tests — provides an independent assessment of employee susceptibility to phishing attacks.
  • Mobile application penetration tests — aims at finding a company’s technical vulnerabilities on mobile apps.

Learn more about web application pentesting, mobile application pentesting and network pentesting here.

What should be included in a Penetration Test Report?

Any thorough and professional penetration testing report should provide a detailed breakdown of your findings in an easily interpreted format. It is your way of officially delivering and communicating the results of your tests with executives, IT staff, and the development team, so you have to remember to talk in a manner that non-security teams understand.

A next-level report should include the followings:

  • The techniques used
  • The vulnerabilities found
  • All of the exploits used
  • The impact & risk analysis for each vulnerability
  • Possible remediation plan

Hint: Targeted tips on how to effectively remediate each vulnerability are the real value for the client.

What are the Limitations of Penetration Testing?

Undertaking a series of penetration tests are useful practices that will help strengthen an organization’s security, but they have their limitations. For example:

  • Limitations of scope
  • Limitations of time
  • Limitations on access
  • Limitations on methods

Read more about the different penetration testing limitations here.

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5 Ways Pentesters Can Earn Extra Revenue [Infographics]

Do you have an expensive project, want to earn big bucks or feel like taking on a new challenge? As a professional penetration tester, there are many things you can do to earn extra income. Whether you want to explore new opportunities or need the extra cash, here are 5 side-hustles to consider.

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With very little time to adapt to new techniques and a fast-paced threat landscape, security professionals are busy trying to keep the internet secure while staying up-to-date on a regular basis. Still got some free time to take on an extra challenge? Feel free to try out one of these options, as it will surely boost your skills and ultimately enrich your career. If you decide to go for it, make sure to come back to us with details of your successes. We’d love to hear the stories you have to share!

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Top 5 Skills for a Career in Digital Forensics

Digital forensics is the field where technology meets criminal justice. Professionals in this field use their InfoSec skills to recover data and analyze information from devices (such as computers, USB drives, phones, etc.) to solve a various range of crimes and take down criminals. Interested in building your career around digital forensics? Here are some skills you will need to succeed in this field.

1. Analytical Talent

Just as in any investigative role, digital forensics professionals need to have analytical skills. You’ll be required to piece together information to solve a case, so analytical thinking might just come in handy sooner than later.

2. Tech Fundamentals

Since digital forensics is a technical field, it helps to have a solid computer science background. Some of the pre-requisite skills we suggest are a strong understanding of the fundamentals of modern operating systems and a least a basic understanding of networks, network protocols, and programming languages.

3. IT Security Practical Know-How

While it’s a good start to have theoretical knowledge, you will also need practical skills to solve crimes in real-life. Even better is knowing how to prevent such accident from happening in the first place. This skill will make you a valuable team member. The perfect candidate for a digital forensics role will not only have experience working in general IT, but also specifically in security.

4. Communication Skills

Whether you work with a team or as a consultant after a breach, the people you work for will need to understand what happened. Good communication skills are crucial. In the same way penetration testers are expected to create professional reports of their findings, digital forensics investigators need to be able to explain in terms that the rest of the team understands.

5. Desire to Learn

With new threats appearing every day, it’s no surprise that professionals in this field need to stay up-to-date. With a desire to learn new skills and techniques, you can only succeed as a Digital Forensics Investigator, or, at the very least, one can be a valuable asset to the team.

With security professionals in high demand and many jobs going unfilled, the future for anyone with these skills is very bright indeed. Add to that the fact that the average Digital Forensic Investigator salary is over $70,000 a year (according to PayScale.com) with the top earners making well into 6 figures, it’s a great paying career to boot (pun intended).

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