How to Make Money being an Ethical Professional Hacker or Pentester

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Have you ever wondered How professional Security Researchers and Hackers makes money? If not, then Here are Top methods for making money being an Information Security Professional, Although there are many ways but I’ve mentioned few legitimate ones.

Top Methods to make Money from InfoSec Skills

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Bug Bounty Programs

Bug Bounty Programs are very popular and best source of income for Security Researchers and Hackers, they are also known as Bug Bounty Hunters. What they do is simple, instead of exploiting a vulnerability they report it to security team and receive Bounty, Swags, Appreciation Certificate or getting honourable mention in security disclosure page (HOF).
How to make Money being an InfoSec Professional
By Vivek Yadav  On 6/06/2015  In Ethical Hacking, InfoSec, Make Money
Have you ever wondered How professional Security Researchers and Hackers makes money? If not, then Here are Top methods for making money being an Information Security Professional, Although there are many ways but I’ve mentioned few legitimate ones.

Top Methods to make Money from InfoSec Skills

Bug Bounty Programs

Bug Bounty Programs are very popular and best source of income for Security Researchers and Hackers, they are also known as Bug Bounty Hunters. What they do is simple, instead of exploiting a vulnerability they report it to security team and receive Bounty, Swags, Appreciation Certificate or getting honourable mention in security disclosure page (HOF).

Giant sites like Google, Facebook and PayPal have huge bug bounties, but in most cases it actually depends upon depth and severity of vulnerability (If the bug is highly effective and critical you’ll get huge bounties) In many cases researcher also gets a job offer.

It has become major source of income and believe me its a serious business, Although it requires good web pentesting skills and experience but if you’re new, just read these security researcher’s interviews it will help you a lot.

Bug Bounty Programs list

Not all Websites have Bug Bounty programs but there’s a specific place where you can find and participate. Please follow Bug Bounty Program list by BugCrowd.

Teaching Ethical Hacking online

If you’ve years of experience and knowledge in hacking/security field then you can easily start your own online training academy and start making money by selling course videos as well as giving live lectures.

Become an Instructor on Udemy

Another best way to earn by teaching hacking online is to sell your video lectures on Udemy All you need to do is sign-up as an instructor, create your course package, set price and start selling it. Every time a students enrolls for your course you’ll get paid.

Just make sure you do it in a good manner and your course must be beneficial, then only more students will engage. It also must be unique and simple to understand.

Freelance Ethical Hacker / Penetration Tester

I’ve seen many people living on online freelance jobs mostly from Designing, Development and Security field. It is easier and satisfactory, All you need is to setup a professional profile of yours and do advertisement, It is also called Personal Branding which is very important for a freelancer. Once you become popular you’ll receive lots of freelance jobs.

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Join Freelancer.com

Freelancer is the best place to find freelance jobs. It is totally free you can WORK and HIRE without any hesitation. Setup your profile with all attractive educational as well as professional skills and you’ll find tons of hacking, pentesting and security jobs. You can apply for any of them and once you finish the job you’ll get paid by the client.

It is very important to have a professional profile, skill as well as experience.

Blogging

You can also earn money by creating blogs on niche like Pentesting, Security and Ethical Hacking. Sharing your ideas, researches and ethical hack tutorials can get you good traffic and you can make money out of it using Adsense, Affiliate or writing sponsored posts.

It’s a good method but not easy, one has to be very consistent. I Blog on these niches and it only works when you’re very dedicated. One must know good online earning strategies as well as SEO.

Vlogging

Nobody can just solely depend upon Blogging. Vlogging (Video Blogging) along with Blogging is another great method to increase reputation as well as earning. The best way is to create YouTube channel and earn money from Google Adsense.

Working in Firm

This is the most common job for most of the InfoSec professionals. You can either work in a firm or an organization as security expert, ethical hacker or penetration tester and actually its the best but not so easy to get. One needs to crack an interview plus it also requires knowledge and experiences

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Working in a firm can help you to learn new things, gain experience and most important expand your knowledge and skills.

It is much like regular office job but getting these jobs might not be easier for a fresher because everybody demands an experienced person with professional information security skills. That’s why it is necessary to get professional security certificates.

Writing a Book

Writing and publishing a book on ethical hacking or security is one of the best method to earn money as well as fame in InfoSec world. Don’t expect to become popular author in first attempt, It definitely requires lot of knowledge, experiences and little investment too. But instead of writing a paper-book you can start with self-published eBook.

Alternate Methods

Speaking at Security Conferences, Conducting Seminars, Webinars and Ethical Hacking Workshops etc… are alternate methods to make money from InfoSec skills

Posted From r00t @ l0wsec

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