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  • @Muddobbers
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    39 months ago

    So I’m planning for the future career move, right now I’m mostly overseeing a pentesting group with a little bit of participation during the tests. I’ve coded many projects over my time in many languages, but I really enjoyed doing reverse engineering of malware and various other things as they popped up years ago. I can’t imagine there’s a lot of that available, though. I have a GREM, GPEN, GCIH, and GASF from SANS (I wanted to get more but the company stopped paying for distance travel the last few years). I’m currently 100% remote in the US mid-Southwest and really enjoy it. I’ve got 13 years of a large variety of professional experience in the cybersecurity and general IT world, with a little bit of a dip into OT with some ICS classes. I’m also trained in digital forensics imaging and handling, as I’ve spent some time working for a law enforcement branch (that was a wild ride)

    My main question that I have these days is… what would I call myself, professionally? What types of jobs should I be looking to do. I can do management and leadership but I like getting my hands dirty and solving problems.

    Thank you.

    • shellsharksOPMA
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      29 months ago

      With that background you can call yourself what you want. Really just depends where you want to go. At most companies you’ll end up either a “something” engineer or on management track depending on which path you wanna go. At 13 years experience though you are somewhere in the realm of Staff/Lead - Principal engineer I would imagine.

      • @Muddobbers
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        29 months ago

        Thank you! I guess the realization that I’ve hit the Lead experience area is still coming to me. Impostor syndrome is real.