Penetration Testing Career

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Hi Friends I want an advice from you guys. I have work exp in Web Developement and Quality Assurance. But my interest lies in security and penetration testing. Could you guys guide me where to start from. If there is any good material which can help me doing the same or some site where I can practise penetration testing? Please advice me. Regards DrDevil.
ASKED: February 8, 2006  3:58 AM
UPDATED: March 20, 2006  2:26 PM

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I would say take a look at e-council ethical hacking course and the syngress books hacking with google and latest release of pen testing on the field

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  • TomLiotta
    One obvious place to start is by googling 'pentest forum'. There are plenty of forums out there that contain a world of real experience. One of my favorites for pen-tests -- http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/101 -- always teaches me something. There are all kinds of courses, etc.; just make sure you combine book-learning with experience, both yours and as much of everyone else's as you can.
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  • GBirmingham
    There are currently a couple of ways to attack a career in application security testing ( i.e. penetration testing/ethical hacking). The EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker certification is the most widely recognized certification, followed by Mile2's Certified Penetration Testing Specialist and Certified Penetration Testing Expert. The SANS Institute offers a Hacker Exploits track ( Track 4 I think it is in their conferences) that teaches a variety of tools and how hackers approach their work. It's a very good backgrounder. There is also the WebGoat application that runs on Windows or Linux that is a training tool as well as an application you can practice on. As for costs, the CEH costs $250/exam, Mile 2 CPTS is $160/exam. Each certification only takes a single exam to achieve. Study the OWASP Top 10 Guide and the SANS Top 20 Vulnerabilities list. You should be well on your way...
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