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Old 08-10-2005, 11:17 PM   #1
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Career in Infosec? Major suggestions?


if I wanted to pursue a career in Infosec/cryptography, what would I major in in college? thoughts?
 
Old 08-10-2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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If you want to do something in Info Security pick something that will make you paraniod...

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...
 
Old 08-11-2005, 12:31 AM   #3
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Join the Navy (the cryptology section), let them pay for college, major in Computer Science, get your security clearance then complete a few years in the Navy as an officer. Your first location out of college will be Pensacola, Florida. After that..... who knows... Ft. Meade (NSA is in Ft. Meade), a ship somewhere in the sea....

Once you have finished with the Navy you'll have a security clearance and lots of experience.
 
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Some schools have a specific infosec track as part of an IT/CS or criminal justice program, but that isn't very common. If your college doesn't offer anything like that, then some form of IT or CS or even a mathematics major if you are really thinking about really getting into cryptography. Regardless of what you choose, make sure to get a well rounded education (history, lit, etc).
 
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That WILL NOT be happening. I'm against military of any kind(don't get me started). Though it does raise an interesting point. Are most InfoSec careers military/defense based? How about careers in Cryptography? I was kind of thinking a CS/Math degree. InfoSec is not netadmin correct? It would likely be a contractor type job?
 
Old 08-13-2005, 10:54 PM   #6
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Nobody has any other thoughts? Please?
 
Old 08-13-2005, 11:33 PM   #7
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Think about doing an internship with company or organization that does computer security. You'll get great hands-on experience as well as connections in the infosec field. There are also various infosec certs (like those offered by SANS) that are more focused than most college courses would be.

Required Reading: "So you want to be a consultant"
http://www.unixwiz.net/techtips/be-consultant.html
 
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So...what major? CS/Math? Would Software Engineering also work? or not? Is InfoSec commonly attributed w/ netadmin? Other thoughts?
 
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I would say the CS/Math path would be good. Really, you should constult your college guidance councelor (or whatever you call the guy/gal that they make you meet with once a semester). Make sure the guidance councelor is in the CS Deptartment. This is a case where consulting the councelor would be better than asking some random A-holes on the net since this affects you more directly than most the questions asked on here.

Also, later on you may find that youf choices of jobs is not resticted becuase you got CS, software engineering, MIS, etc. To some potential employers it may matter, but a lot of the time people are content with any degree in computers/programming. Once you start getting real world experience is where your doors open wide open. The above suggestion about getting internship or some other experience, even if it doesn't pay, is very valuable. I didn't follow that advice and my first IT job out of college probably could have paid more if i had more eperience for people to notice my resume.

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