What can members of the UK Armed Forces community expect working as an Ethical Hacker?

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024 by Faye CoppNo comments

What is Ethical Hacking?

Penetration testers, also known as ‘ethical hackers’ -  are the good guys. Experienced in probing for vulnerabilities that hackers might be able to exploit to gather secure data and intelligence. The purpose of ethical hacking is to test the security of a system or network's infrastructure. An ethical hacker will attempt to bypass system security, and find and expose any weak points that could be taken advantage of by a malicious hacker. Vulnerabilities are typically found in improper system configuration and in hardware or software flaws.

Why are members of the military community suited to Pen Testing roles?

This is a great career if you are looking for a rewarding job that makes a positive impact - with the chance to earn a highly competitive salary. Ethical hackers are also in high-demand so this is a great time to begin this career path. Ex-military personnel are a great-fit as they can think outside the box and can keep calm under pressure.

What soft skills allow members of the military community to shine in the world of pen testing?

  • Working in pressurised environments

  • Patient and Persistence

  • Detail oriented

  • Enjoy a challenge

  • Can think outside the box

What to expect from our Penetration Testing Course

We're delighted to partner with Abertay University, the UK's leading provider of advanced 'Ethical Hacking' courses, and the Scottish Cyber and Fraud Centre to offer a FREE short, tutored and remotely delivered 'Penetration Testing Course'. The course is designed to help people with military security training and experience realign and improve their skills for employment as Penetration Testers or Ethical Hackers. If you're a competent IT user, willing to learn and have an interest in cyber security and gaining the skills to become a Penetration Tester, then this is for you. 

What opportunities exist in Pen Testing?

Indeed.com lists the following roles and salary expectations within Pen Testing for 2024:

  • Penetration Tester, £53, 988

  • Head of IT, £65, 191

  • Chief Information Security Officer, £80,000 





Image: Photographer: Cpl Cameron Eden Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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