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Penetration Testers - 15-1299.04

O*NET-SOC Description

Evaluate network system security by conducting simulated internal and external cyberattacks using adversary tools and techniques. Attempt to breach and exploit critical systems and gain access to sensitive information to assess system security.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Assess the physical security of servers, systems, or network devices to identify vulnerability to temperature, vandalism, or natural disasters.
  • Collect stakeholder data to evaluate risk and to develop mitigation strategies.
  • Conduct network and security system audits, using established criteria.
  • Configure information systems to incorporate principles of least functionality and least access.
  • Design security solutions to address known device vulnerabilities.
  • Develop and execute tests that simulate the techniques of known cyber threat actors.
  • Develop infiltration tests that exploit device vulnerabilities.
  • Develop presentations on threat intelligence.
  • Develop security penetration testing processes, such as wireless, data networks, and telecommunication security tests.
  • Discuss security solutions with information technology teams or management.
  • Document penetration test findings.
  • Evaluate vulnerability assessments of local computing environments, networks, infrastructures, or enclave boundaries.
  • Gather cyber intelligence to identify vulnerabilities.
  • Identify new threat tactics, techniques, or procedures used by cyber threat actors.
  • Identify security system weaknesses, using penetration tests.
  • Investigate security incidents, using computer forensics, network forensics, root cause analysis, or malware analysis.
  • Keep up with new penetration testing tools and methods.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of hacking trends.
  • Prepare and submit reports describing the results of security fixes.
  • Test the security of systems by attempting to gain access to networks, Web-based applications, or computers.
  • Update corporate policies to improve cyber security.
  • Write audit reports to communicate technical and procedural findings and recommend solutions.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze risks to minimize losses or damages.
  • Analyze security of systems, network, or data.
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Develop computer or information systems.
  • Develop organizational policies or programs.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.
  • Discuss design or technical features of products or services with technical personnel.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities.
  • Interpret design or operational test results.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Prepare analytical reports.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports.
  • Search files, databases or reference materials to obtain needed information.
  • Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
  • Test computer system operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Access Network Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • ADP Systems Security Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Basic Offensive Cyber Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communication Security Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communications Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Computer Network Capability Development (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Computer Network Operations (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Cryptologic Cyberspace Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Infrastructure Maintenance Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technicians (Collection) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Capabilities Development Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Cyber Defense Analyst (CDA) - Network (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Defense Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Defense Analyst – Host (CDA-Host) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Defense Operations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Defense Operations Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Exploitation Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Mission Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Network Defender (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Network Defense Infrastructure Specialist (CNDIS) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber RandD Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Research and Development Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Threat Emulation Operator (CTEO) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Threat Emulation Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyberspace and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) Senior Sergeant (CEMA Sr SGT) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cyberspace Operations Planner (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyberspace Warfare Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Defensive Cyberspace Warfare Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Digital Network Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Exploitation Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Host Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Software/Security Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Interactive Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Interactive On-Net (ION) Operator (Networks) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Interactive On-Net (ION) Operator (Unix) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Interactive On-Net (ION) Operator (Windows) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Network Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Network Systems Engineering (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Cyber Warfare Engineer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Spectrum Defense Operations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Spectrum Defense Operations Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Spectrum Defense Operations Apprentice, Spectrum Operations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Spectrum Defense Operations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Spectrum Defense Operations Helper, Spectrum Operations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Hardware Hacker
  • Penetration Tester

DOT Crosswalk Titles

No information available.