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Pentester Overview

Job Description

A freelance Pentester, or freelance Penetration Tester, is a cybersecurity professional who works on a project basis to identify and assess vulnerabilities within computer systems, networks, and applications. They perform comprehensive security assessments, simulate real-world attacks, and provide actionable recommendations to help organizations enhance their overall security posture. As a freelance professional, they typically work remotely and are responsible for managing their own projects, deadlines, and client relationships. They possess in-depth knowledge of computer networks, operating systems, common security vulnerabilities, and exploitation techniques. Additionally, they have expertise in using various security assessment tools and techniques to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks and threats. Strong analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills are essential to effectively communicate findings and recommendations to clients.

Most Common Skills

algorithms, Pentesting, and Linux - For more data, check Pentester skills.

Average Hourly Rate

$100 - This number comes from our open-source Pentester hourly rates database.

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Fun Facts

  • Pentesters simulate cyber attacks to find vulnerabilities in computer systems.
  • Pentesters are sometimes known as "ethical hackers."
  • Pentesters are often referred to as "ethical hackers" as they use their hacking skills for good, helping organizations identify vulnerabilities in their systems and software.


  • "Pentesters: the modern-day locksmiths who break in, find the vulnerabilities, and then kindly offer to fix them."
  • "True pentesters do not fear the unknown; they embrace it, explore it, and turn it into knowledge."
  • "Being a pentester is like being a Sherlock Holmes with a keyboard - hacking into systems and solving mysteries, one code clue at a time. Elementary, my dear hacker!"

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