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Re: Need for college, verses formal training and certifications, in the security field.
From: Michael Dickey <lonervamp () gmail com>
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010 11:58:57 -0500

Both types of experience will be helpful, with a slight emphasis on
practical experience. Definitely go after a security+ and if you have the
free time, try to snag any security or even any tech support/technical sort
of part-time job. That job can not only help get you some hands-on tech
experience and resume bullets, but some extra spending money to have a good
time in school and afford some gear or travel money to cons or party money
to hang out with local security geeks.

As far as mentors, you're starting in a good place on this mailing list!
Might want to include what school you go to, or whereabouts ya live. :)

Lastly, and maybe more importantly, enjoy your time in school. Have fun,
take it easy, and work on  your goals when you can.


On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 10:36 PM, Brandon McGinty <brandon.mcginty () gmail com
wrote:

List,
I am currently a sophomore in college.
I have been studying firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS),
systems hardening, Cisco security (though I do not yet have equipment to
test this), and general network, server, and workstation security.
I am wondering what your collective thoughts are, in regards to
university experience, verses practical experience in the security field.
While university courses certainly give one a more broad understanding
of the world, there is a good deal of preparation before one can take
any security classes.
I'm wondering if there are other possibilities that would help me gain
employment, or at least a foot in the door.
I am in a position where it would be possible to study, and become
certified in several of the current programs, Security+,
CISA, GIAC, and CISSP, to name a few.
I have also considered trying to find some security professionals to act
as mentors, but I am not sure where to start, or if that would be
beneficial.
What are your thoughts?

Thanks,
Brandon McGinty

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