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Anyone know what kind of experience or certifications I should be aiming to get if I'm trying to break into a pentest role? I just graduated last year and have about a year of sysadmin experience and am trying to get into it asap. So, I'm already applying/job hunting and probably won't get much replies but. Should I be looking at more security analyst/admin roles first? Going for certs? Getting a masters? Wondering what I can do to improve my chances. TIA

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Also forget about pen testing as your primary role. Focus on defense. For every pen testing role there are about 100 on the defense / security engineering side. Get a defense / security engineering role...then use your pen testing skills later on to test the effectiveness of your solution. You will get a ton more cred with the people that pay that way. Fyi - A great pen tester = 150-200k. A top notch security architect - 300-400k. easily

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Thank you so much! That helps so much!

AWS, Kubernetes, GCP, Azure. <-- Learn the platforms you will be attacking. Focus on IAM - you will find lot of gaps there. learn python and terraform to automate your test environments and pen testing.

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