Road to becoming a Penetration tester (Red team)
So almost 3 years have gone by since I graduated from college and boy did I learn a lot about myself and where I want to take my IT career. I first started off wanting to become a network engineer and getting my CCIE. After working, my gears shifted to becoming a penetration tester/Red team. When I first started this journey, I didn't know anything about penetration testing. Heck, it took me 3 hours to learn how to use Metasploit at a basic level with ms08-067 (I know scary stuff). My journey first started with obtaining the CEH certification after paying 2k for a bootcamp. This got me started in learning more about penetration testing. From here, I started practicing with Vulnhub and reading magazines from Hakin9 and signed up for the OSCP back in September 2016. I did fail the OSCP recently. However, I had enough for 50 points out of the necessary 70. During this time since graduating, I spent everyday after work and my weekends studying and challenging myself to get new certifications and gain more knowledge. Since graduating college (coming on 3 years in June) I obtained multiple certifications with some of my prized certifications being GPEN,GCIH and the LPT. My new job has even gotten me to the point where I have compromised systems with shell access. Hard to believe that 3 years ago I didn't know how to use Metasploit or what a reverse/bind shell were and now have 3 well known industry certifications demonstrating my knowledge in this field. Even wrote my own MSF auxiliary module. Since all this studying, I quit my old position in SOC and obtained a new job as a Security Analyst/Specialist with my next goal becoming on the Red team. To anyone who thinks it is impossible to reach your goals/dreams, YOU CAN DO IT!!! I still have a journey ahead of me to get on Red team and obtain the official title of Penetration Tester but all in due time. It has gotten to the point where I am training the others on my team how to do penetration testing. Hard work and dedication will always win and shine! When you take a shortcut, you are only cheating yourself and your potential!! This place has been a great inspiration for me to keep studying and reach my dreams! Live long and prosper!! Enjoy the upcoming holidays and set your goals for next year and finish this year strong. Now back to studying for ECSA before years end!