I need some advice /g/. Im 19 and decided I wanted to go into some sort of IT/computer related field. It would be my dream to eventually be a Penetration tester. I do have a decent amount of experience for someone who's never formally studied these topics. Im starting out with the CompTIA A+ certification and plan to then get the CompTIA Network+ and then CompTIA Security+, am I going in the right direction? Advice? Comments? Thoughts?
Thank you, I'll look into it. I run on Ubuntu now but is it worth running Kali to mess around with or just should I wait until I'm more seasoned in the field? Is it worth messing with?
CEH is a popular entry level certification for penetration testing. Comptia Security+ is more theoretical.
You will also need to learn programming if you're serious about getting into the field. I recommend having C, Assembly and Python on your "to-learn-list".
also, if you intend to be a skriddie before doing any big-time stuff you CAN pass on programming "4 real" and rely on basic bash and python for automation
it's not recommended to stay that way for too long tho as you will hit roadblocks eventually
If you have the money, aim for the OSCP PWK. It's specifically aimed at pen testing and you are given access to a lab environment where you can practice on 50 different machines.
I've taken both the CEH and the Sec+ and can attest at the shittiness of those certs. Yes, they will get you through HR, but the content within both of those tests is an absolute joke. It really is a money grab from CompTIA and EC-Council.
Here are all the answers. Look up which exam you're going to do and just memorise a VCE file, it's what everyone does anyway. http://www.examcollection.com/
Don't pay for anything there, just login with http://bugmenot.com/ , download a VCE and get yourself a cracked VCE reader.
The system is broken. Everyone cheats, and those that don't only fool themselves thinking they're better.
For entry level:
Start looking for contracting jobs and once you get enough experience apply for full time gigs.
Then, from here its all up to you. I recommend OSCP, CISSP, CCNA Security. You'll be very valuable candidate with these certs as it is very demanding.