Michael Potters, CEO, The Glenmont Group
Michael Potters, CEO, The Glenmont Group

What it takes

There are certain “must haves,” such as experience in network monitoring, testing and handling using host- and network-based intrusion detection systems. Certifications, such as Microsoft's MCSE or a CCNA, CCDA or CCIE, are in high demand.

The compensation range for penetration testers is quite wide, anywhere from $50k to $95k based on the years of experience, geography and whether the position is in the public or private sector.
Source: Michael Potters, CEO, Glenmont Group, www.glenmontgroup.com