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Re: College/University security programs
From: Byron Sonne <blsonne () rogers com>
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2004 00:25:49 -0400

I have a neighborhood high school junior who's really interested in getting
into security and especially cryptography.

Security education can come from CS education (at least formally I suppose), but I think a few years of hardcore bug-ridden-system administration and/or programming from the trenches will probably do ya better. Or differently put: the people who extract good security understanding and practices from a CS curiculuum would likely do a good job and establish good practices without that education, based on just their instinct, reasoning and accumulated experience.

If the lean is really, truly toward crypto, I'd bail on CS altogether and head for where the deep magic lives: Mathematics. You'll wind up using a computer anyways, I would imagine. And probably half insane to boot! ;)


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