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I am working as a functional software tester now.I want to make a head start in the field of security testing such as security testing of web applications etc.I know this is a subjective question,but I want to know whether there exists such a career path?

I am planing to take CEH and then proceed with penetration testing as my main scope.

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The career path most definitely exists if you make it for yourself. I know of a few testers who have gone on to purely security. Functional approaches and security approaches can often overlap each other, and many of those who I speak with in the security field are grateful for their previous test experience.

After a time however, I've found that often functional tests and security tests tend to overlap and blend in with each other in agile-ish environments. About the only time that I actually think of "security" tests is when I've been asked to do penetration tests or run vulnerability scans. Otherwise, it's just testing.

Short answer - absolutely, they can be closely related.

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Thanks for your input :).It would be of great help to me. – Madusudanan Jun 21 '12 at 7:28

This can help:-

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