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RE: Education and Security
From: "JTH" <jth () visi com>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 13:26:10 -0500

Depends. If you want to be a higher-up, dual-degree. I assume you're
technically oriented to start with, as you're currently CS. You'll
probably want to develop those technical skills as well, but the business
degree will make you better at selling security to your management (or
your clients) while you still have the technical knowledge. If you're not
so technical, go for the business degree alone and become a PHB. If you
just like the grunt-work, stick with CS and go into pen-testing or
firewall configuring as a living.

I went CS, am currently a pen-tester, but am good enough at the deal that
I wish I would've gotten a minor in business, and may go back for an MBA
instead. But that's just me. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Daryl [mailto:dwalleck () satx rr com] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 9:38 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Education and Security

    I believe questions similar to this have been asked 
before but my version is a bit different. I'm currently a 
computer science major (not too far along) who's always been 
interested in the security field. I chose CS for a major 
since it was the closest thing. Recently my college began to 
offer a full BA in Infrastructure Assurance, their version of 
a security degree. My only worry is that the degree plan is 
rooted in the school of Business and therefore requires a 
large core of business classes and not as much technical work 
(a copy of the requirements can be found here 
http://business.utsa.edu/undergraduate/degrees/is/BBA_IA.pdf).
 At this point I think I've thought the issue to death in my 
head and I could really use some outside input. Any thoughts?

    Daryl Walleck


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