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Penetration testing, sometimes called ethical hacking, is intentionally attempting to compromise an organization’s IT security with the goal of improving it. Penetration testers are given permission to look for vulnerabilities and perform simulated cyberattacks on an organization before reporting their findings to the company. With the rising frequency and cost of corporate data breaches, cybersecurity specialists who know penetration testing are becoming more important.
Information security is one of the fastest-growing occupational fields: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 32% growth in this field between 2018 and 2028—much faster than the average expected growth of 5% across all occupations. According to PayScale, an average penetration tester earns $83,000 per year, while a more experienced professional in the top 10% of the pay range can earn upwards of $135,000.
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