47Phillip Wylie

“We need to remember we are on the same team, and it’s not us against them. When we all work together, we can accomplish amazing things.”

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Twitter: @PhillipWylie

Phillip Wylie is a penetration tester with more than 21 years of experience in information technology and information security. He is an adjunct professor teaching ethical hacking and web app pentesting at Richland College in Dallas, Texas. Phillip is the founder and director of the Pwn School Project, an educational meetup group teaching pentesting and ethical hacking skills. He holds the following certifications: OSCP, GWAPT, and CISSP.

How did you get your start on a red team?

We were getting ready to go through layoffs at the company where I was working as an application security engineer. We were given advance notice before being laid off. My dream job was working as a pentester, and during my job search, I found an opening for a pentester working in consulting. I got the job and started my career as a pentester.

What is the best way to get a red team job?

Getting involved in the InfoSec community is the best way to get a red team job. This can be accomplished through networking by attending InfoSec meetings and conferences. My last two roles were through contacts I made through my local InfoSec community. Similarly, a member of our local community was hired by someone who saw his presentation ...

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