How one can embark on the journey of Penetration Testing

I just wanted to give you an overview how one can be a Penetration Tester. I’m not gonna talk about career opportunities here since I do believe that a security enthusiast will always be passionate about information security, having a sense of how networks works and systems works. So, this article will shed some light for Quality Assurance, Test Automation engineers, enthusiasts who have a dream to start their journey to becoming a Penetration Tester.

Penetration Testing is a practice of testing a system, network, or Web application to find out the vulnerabilities where an attacker could exploit or sift through a loop hole in the system. Most of the organizations hire penetration testers to be a part their internal security teams, where they can test products or systems for exploitable security flaws and assure security.
Often people ask me how to start with. I know, this is the hardest of all as it is quite tricky to find the source to kick off from the basics. Although there exists tons of books and other sources which will teach you how to perform penetration testing, web application testing. I will start with few cornerstones and essential skills required. I know it would be bit uncertain when you start reading but to set realistic expectations of what one would expect from a security analyst to my solitary view. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have all the essential skills which I’ve listed here but rather pop the hood by learning them. Continue reading

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