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Hacking Your Pentesting Career

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Concept creator and co-author of “The Pentester BluePrint: Starting a Career as an Ethical Hacker,” Phillip Wylie, will help you create your personal blueprint to jumpstart your career as a pentester. In this session, concepts from the book The Pentester Blueprint: Starting a Career as an Ethical Hacker will be discussed, as well as content from his conference presentation, “Pentesting experience and how to get it.”

Topics covered:

* The foundations of pentesting, including basic IT skills like operating systems, networking, and security systems
* The development of hacking skills and a hacker mindset
* Where to find educational options, including college and university classes, security training providers, volunteer work, and self-study
* Which certifications and degrees are most useful for gaining employment as a pentester
* How to get experience in the pentesting field, including labs, CTFs, and bug bounties (including updated content from the conference presentation, “Pentesting experience, and how to get it.”
* How to do a skills assessment and gap analysis to build your education plan
* Building a personal brand and content creation


Phillip Wylie is a cybersecurity professional with over 26 years of industry experience in IT and cybersecurity. He is also a former Dallas College Adjunct Instructor and the founder of The Pwn School Project and DEFCON Group 940. Phillip has diverse experience in multiple cybersecurity disciplines, including network security, application security, and pentesting. As an offensive security professional with over a decade of experience, he has conducted pentests of networks, Wi-Fi networks, applications, red team operations, and social engineering.

Phillip’s contributions to the cybersecurity industry extend beyond his work as a pentester. He is the concept creator and co-author of “The Pentester BluePrint: Starting a Career as an Ethical Hacker,” a highly regarded book inspired by a lecture he presented to his class at Dallas College, which later became a conference talk. Phillip hosts “The Phillip Wylie Show” and “The Hacker Factory Podcast,” where he interviews guests on how they got started in cybersecurity and their advice for aspiring cybersecurity professionals. Additionally, he is a frequent conference speaker, workshop instructor, and mentor.



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January 25
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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