Job Title: Pentester, Penetration Tester or what?!

Okay, here’s something you don’t come across every day:

Try answering the question “What do you do for a living?” with “I work as a Pen-tester for <name of company>.” or “I work as a Penetration Tester for <name of company>.”!!! I double-dare you!!

To summarise a long and relatively PG-rated story, the following was what non-IT people (including renting agencies, landlords/ladies, the bank, neighbors, local shop owners, utilities people etc) understood:

  • Pen-tester: I work in a factory testing pens.
  • Penetration Tester: I work in the porn industry (presumably as an actor).
  • Penetration Tester: I work in a condom-production facility.
  • Penetration Tester: I am a filthy pervert and I am putting them on.
  • Penetration Tester & Pen-tester: I am putting them on! There is no such job!!!

In the end, all I needed was to preface my response with “…a Network Security…”, and suddenly there were more “what is that, like?” and “Ohhh, so you do computers, then?” and none of the grief!

In short: LOL!! Ain’t non-IT people presumptuous much?!

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