Security Jobs Discussion
Where to start? Aug 19 2006 07:02AM
Thomas Williams (tlw1mac comcast net) (1 replies)
Re: Where to start? Aug 25 2006 03:02PM
Nick Puetz (nickpuetz gmail com)
Well... the first question I would ask myself is where do my interests lay?
I was in the same situation when I came out of college; I had an interest in
security (and had actually had an internship on the IT security staff at a
local company) but I was not sure which area of security I was interested
in. So for me, IT audit was a good fit, you get to see a lot of different
environments, methodologies, etc., which will allow you to find your niche
in the security field. In addition, it is usually easier for younger people
to land a security related job via the audit field compared to other
fields. If you know an area that you are interested in (network,
application, etc.) then start looking for jobs related to your interest. I
enjoyed the audit field because it allowed me to do so many different
things... I really didn't want to be the "firewall guy" or whatever.

As for certs, you again need to ask yourself the question... general or
specific? If you want something more general, yes, you have to wait to get
your CISSP or CISA (or equivalent). But you could always work towards
another type of cert (MCSE, CWNA, A++, etc.) that does not require time in
the field. If you are looking to do something more specific, I suggest
looking at the SANS certs... some people would argue that these are the best
certs on the market... bar none. Very detailed, very hands on. Hope this
helps.

On 8/19/06, Thomas Williams <tlw1mac (at) comcast (dot) net [email concealed]> wrote:
>
> Hi,
> I am not too far away from completing the ITT Information System
> Security course. This will give me a bachelor degree. I've been told
> that there are a number of different things I can get into but no one
> seems to be able to tell just exactly what. I was told by one instructor
> that the ITT program will prepare me to be able to take the CISSP
> certification but I need a sponsor. Yet, when I read up on it, it says
> that I need to have 4 years experience in Security in order to be able
> to get certification. To sum it up, I have no clue where to go next.
> Does anyone on here know for sure how good the ITT program is? What can
> I really expect to get when I get my degree?
>
> Tom
>
<div>Well... the first question I would ask myself is where do my interests lay?  I was in the same situation when I came out of college; I had an interest in security (and had actually had an internship on the IT security staff at a local company) but I was not sure which area of security I was interested in.  So for me, IT audit was a good fit, you get to see a lot of different environments, methodologies, etc., which will allow you to find your niche in the security field.  In addition, it is usually easier for younger people to land a security related job via the audit field compared to other fields.  If you know an area that you are interested in (network, application, etc.) then start looking for jobs related to your interest.  I enjoyed the audit field because it allowed me to do so many different things... I really didn't want to be the "firewall guy" or whatever.
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<div>As for certs, you again need to ask yourself the question... general or specific?  If you want something more general, yes, you have to wait to get your CISSP or CISA (or equivalent).  But you could always work towards another type of cert (MCSE, CWNA, A++, etc.) that does not require time in the field.  If you are looking to do something more specific, I suggest looking at the SANS certs... some people would argue that these are the best certs on the market... bar none.  Very detailed, very hands on.  Hope this helps.
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<div><span class="gmail_quote">On 8/19/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">Thomas Williams</b> <<a href="mailto:tlw1mac (at) comcast (dot) net [email concealed]">tlw1mac (at) comcast (dot) net [email concealed]</a>> wrote:</span>
<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="PADDING-LEFT: 1ex; MARGIN: 0px 0px 0px 0.8ex; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid">Hi,<br>I am not too far away from completing the ITT Information System<br>Security course. This will give me a bachelor degree. I've been told
<br>that there are a number of different things I can get into but no one<br>seems to be able to tell just exactly what. I was told by one instructor<br>that the ITT program will prepare me to be able to take the CISSP<br>
certification but I need a sponsor. Yet, when I read up on it, it says<br>that I need to have 4 years experience in Security in order to be able<br>to get certification. To sum it up, I have no clue where to go next.<br>Does anyone on here know for sure how good the ITT program is? What can
<br>I really expect to get when I get my degree?<br><br>Tom<br></blockquote></div><br>

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