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Over the last decade, our world has become more and more dependent on computers and networks such as the internet. This huge data processing boom has created many well-known IT jobs like programmer, System Administrator & Network Administrator (referred to as S.A./N.A in the rest of the report), IT Security Specialist, etc. The increasing need for security in networks which have become the target of so many attacks created a special and often considered as obscure job known as Pen-Tester (Penetration Tester).

In a first part, I shall define this work's goals and I shall demonstrate its originality in comparison to other IT papers. The second part shall focus on the future to conclude about his viability.

Christian Vincenot 2004-04-12