Penetration Tester Salary Guide

  • Entry Level $110,000 AUD
  • Mid Level $145,000 AUD
  • Senior Level $180,000 AUD

 Job Summary

  • Conduct ethical hacking activities to identify vulnerabilities in systems, networks, and applications.
  • Simulate cyber-attacks to evaluate the effectiveness of security measures.
  • Report findings and suggest remediation steps to mitigate identified risks.
  • Collaborate with IT and security teams to bolster system defenses.
  • Stay updated with the latest cybersecurity threats and hacking techniques.

Key Skills

  1. Proficiency in various penetration testing tools and techniques.
  2. Understanding of networking protocols, topologies, and services.
  3. Knowledge of web application vulnerabilities and web exploit kits.
  4. Scripting skills in languages like Python, Perl, or Bash.
  5. Ability to document findings and produce detailed technical reports.

Standard Industry Training:

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
  • PenTest+ Certification from CompTIA

Interview Questions:

  1. Describe a particularly challenging vulnerability you identified during a pen test. How did you exploit it?
  2. What tools are in your standard penetration testing toolkit?
  3. How do you ensure that your testing activities do not disrupt the normal operations of the organisation?
  4. How do you stay updated with the latest vulnerabilities and exploits?
  5. What is your approach when you encounter a system or software you're unfamiliar with during a test?
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