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A few days ago, a friend and I were having a rather engaging conversation that sparked my excitement. We were discussing my prospects of becoming a red teamer as a natural career progression. The reason I got stirred up is not that I want to change either my job or my position, as I am a happy camper being part of Cymulate’s blue team.

What upset me was that my friend could not grasp the idea that I wanted to keep working as a blue teamer because, as far as he was concerned, the only natural progression is to move to the red team.

Red teams include many roles ranging from penetration testers to attackers and exploit developers. These roles attract most of the buzz, and the many certifications revolving around these roles (OSCP, OSEP, CEH) make them seem fancy. Movies usually make hackers the heroes, while typically ignoring the defending side, the complexities and challenges of blue teamers’ roles are far less known.

While blue teams’ defending roles might not sound as fancy and gather little to no buzz, they include essential and diverse titles that cover exciting and challenging functions and, finally, pay well. In fact, Hollywood should look into it!

Defending is more complex than attacking, and it is more crucial

Consider that you are a cyber security defender and that your assigned job is to protect your IT Infrastructure.

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