Which job would you choose and why? Pen tester or threat hunter? Also which is in higher demand?

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Both require significant patience. But there is a thrill in being Domain Admin that it’s just hard to replace as a hunter.


Ditto what C1 mentioned above. The work in pen testing is extremely varied and can cover and emulate all types of threats. I’ve been on engagements where we had to physically break into a building while evading security guards, make our way to a secure area, plant a malicious device on the network, and THEN get Domain Admin - all without being caught. Fun times for sure. I’d say Threat Hunters are in higher demand right now though.


I have done a few physical pentests and it was awesome those few times and made great stories. But I don’t think I actually want to do any more because of the knot in your stomach the whole time. We usually have a letter signed by the CISO or somebody high up in case we get caught. On my last one, they wouldn’t give me a letter because they had armed guards and didn’t want me reaching for anything....

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