Originally published on CSOonline.com.
Another thing most of our experts agreed on: pen testers need to "think different," going beyond book smarts about computers and instead using lateral thinking to approach the problems they face in breaking into target networks. "At the core of the 'soft skills' is the ability to think off script," says Doug Britton, CEO of Haystack Solutions. "You need to be nimble, audacious, and creative."
Ethical hackers "need the ability to think outside the box to be able to find a system’s edge cases—loopholes in specifications or simply unexpected usage," adds Diego Sor, Director of Consulting Services at Core Security by HelpSystems.