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I want to eventually become a penetration tester, what would be a good way to start that process?


Joshua Laughlin Le Sueur, MN

I am in school now getting my certs in a+, Net+, Sec+ and a few others but I have completed the classes for these 3 and just need to study a bit more and test in order to obtain the Certs

8 April 2020 2 replies Education & Training



John Faber Arlington, VA

Hi Joshua,

Being a penetration tester requires technical proficiency that those certifications you listed do not validate. The best certification to validate your ability as a penetration tester is OSCP.

If you are new to this field, I recommend completing the certifications you listed and develop your technical expertise by learning how to use Bash and write Python scripts. You can also find courses online that will help you become a pentester and/or study for the OSCP. I'd also learn as much as you can about Kali Linux.


9 April 2020 Helpful answer


Gabriel Hoffman Falls Church, VA

Certified Ethical Hacker and experience in defensive cyber.
Most pen testers have a lot of experience defending against cyber attacks, I do not think it will be easy to get that right out of school.

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