Security Strategy, Plan, Budget

Skills in demand: Pen testers

Recent breaches have highlighted the need for talented technologists with the ability to assess vulnerabilities long before they are under attack. 

What it takes

Hands-on experience with reverse engineering, packet-level programming and knowledge of digital forensics. Expertise in identifying vulnerabilities and understanding what it takes to “break” a system is critical. The ability to approach a system creatively and solve complex problems, paired with stellar documentation and communication skills.


Junior level roles start around $90K, with senior levels often earning $130K to $150K – sometimes higher.

Source: Domini Clark, principal, executive and technical recruitment, Blackmere

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