InfoSec Career Hacking: Sell Your Skillz, Not Your Soul

By

  • Chris Hurley, Chris Hurley is a Senior Penetration Tester in the Washington, DC area. He has more than 10 years of experience performing penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and general INFOSEC grunt work. He is the founder of the WorldWide WarDrive, a four-year project to assess the security posture of wireless networks deployed throughout the world. Chris was also the original organizer of the DEF CON WarDriving contest. He is the lead author of WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 19318360305). He has contributed to several other Syngress publications, including Penetration Tester's Open Source Toolkit (ISBN: 1-5974490210), Stealing the Network: How to Own an Identity (ISBN: 1597490067), InfoSec Career Hacking (ISBN: 1597490113), and OS X for Hackers at Heart (ISBN: 1597490407). He has a BS from Angelo State University in Computer Science and a whole bunch of certifications to make himself feel important.
  • Johnny Long, A Christian by grace, a professional hacker by trade, a pirate by blood, a ninja in training, a security researcher and author who lurks at his website (http://johnny.ihackstuff.com) and is the founder of Hackers For Charity(http://ihackcharities.org), an organization that provides hackers with job experience while leveraging their skills for charities that need them
  • Aaron Bayles
  • Ed Brindley

“InfoSec Career Hacking” starts out by describing the many, different InfoSec careers available including Security Engineer, Security Analyst, Penetration Tester, Auditor, Security Administrator, Programmer, and Security Program Manager. The particular skills required by each of these jobs will be described in detail, allowing the reader to identify the most appropriate career choice for them. Next, the book describes how the reader can build his own test laboratory to further enhance his existing skills and begin to learn new skills and techniques. The authors also provide keen insight on how to develop the requisite soft skills to migrate form the hacker to corporate world.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2005
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-59749-011-5


Table of Contents

1: Defining InfoSec Jobs 2. Analyzing Your Skill 3: Corporate vs. Government Careers 4: Building Your Own Attack Test Lab 5: Translating Your Hacking Skills to Career Skills 6: Selling Your Skills 7: Applying Your Skills to Your New Job 8: Problem Solving on the Job 9: Climbing the Corporate Ladder