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Re: Starting up as a security consultant
From: Nick Owen <nowen () wikidsystems com>
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 14:16:16 -0500

Idowu Odigie wrote:
Hi All!

I will like to start up as a security consultant.  Be on my own.  I
have "played" (work) with linux for about 5 years now.  I have
installed, upgraded kernels, setup network, "played" with IPtables,
done some pentesting with a box, gained entrance into other systems
from the box, wrote some scripts with perl and python.

But I feel there is need for a formal training or framework for me to
base my security consultancy on.  Any Ideas please!

I would recommend taking a different approach to starting a business.
Instead of asking the question of what training you should get that you
can base your business on, ask what you security challenges you should
base your business on and what certificate would support that effort.

A good market will make starting out on your own much easier.  For
example, many small businesses are moving away from managing their own
mail server and going to Google Apps or similar services.  This creates
different security implications and is a potential opportunity. PCI
compliance is another potential market.  "What certs help a consultant
get PCI work?" might be a better way to frame your thoughts.

Just .02 from the entrepreneurial side...


Nick Owen
WiKID Systems, Inc.
404-962-8983 (desk)
Two-factor authentication, without the hassle factor.

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