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Beginning A Career In Information Security

Arrow Image Step by step how to get started in a Information Security . What courses to take and some other primary things to be doing .


Heres the list ive put together after months of research and countless articles . From my cross examination of many tutorials of this nature , the steps should be followed accordingly . That is of course unless any of the steps have already been aquired . Lets get started .


1. A home network to learn on .
(3-Computers with removable hard drives ;
One for a client , One as the server , and the
last can act as the intrusion detection system or firewall . )

You can google , how to set up a Home Network , as well as Setting up an Intrusion Detection System / Network . Also learning to do this of course would be most benneficial to do with previous experience or while going to school
for Networking + .

2. An entry level job in security . ( Help-desk , system admin , or other . )

This is critical , due to the fact that most jobs in this industry will not hire you without any previous in field experience . So any amount of training you can get wether at your local university , volunteer , online assistant of a website , or any other is a plus .


3. A +

4. Network +

5. Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

6. Linux +

7. Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Servers

8. Security +

9. SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner)

10. CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) Foundations

11. CIW Security Professional

12. CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)


13. CISM (Certified Information Systems Manager)

14. GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials Certification)

15. CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)

16. GCFW (GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst)

17. GCFA (GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst)

18. GCIA (GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst)

19. GCUX (GIAC Certified UNIX Security

20. GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler)

21. GSE (GIAC Security Expert)


All the links to aquire each individual certification in this tutorial were found by using Google .
Do the same to obtain more information on each for , Exam prep. help , forums etc. .

Alot of credit is due to two gentleman in perticular .
For it was there articles that help me make this .

Dan Miessler :
He has a simple intro to the field for begginers at the bottom of the page .
He also has a great description of alot of the certificates to take . See for yourself :

Steve Hailey :
This fellow touches on what seems to be the basics of everything for getting started .
He goes into good detail of whats , whys , & hows . See for yourself :

Well i hope this was as helpfull as theres were .I just wanted to offer a jump start towards the journey for others by taking out some of the question of direction . As well as cut out a little leg work in finding all the links for those interested in starting this career and at the same time make the article a little shorter and straight to the point . What to do & how to do it with less text in the middle . I think ive done so !?

Thanks ,



Skunkfooton April 19 2008 - 19:53:23
I was actually thinking about going into this field, this really helps Smile (idk, maybe it's just a coincidence, but these last two articles have been extremely relevant to me xD)
midoon April 20 2008 - 17:27:42
I really needed such article! But I think you should've gone deeper in gaining home-working experience. Yet, it's a Very-good article.
Frost_Ton April 21 2008 - 02:55:43
Good work. I'm currently working on Security +, network +, as well as A+ and I totally agree that its a good first foothold into the field. If I may add on to the list however: "Offensive Security 101" . I know a few members here that are certified from them and speak very highly of the course.
skathgh420on May 30 2008 - 19:33:22
nice article man showed me what i need to work towards Grin
redhothackeron June 22 2008 - 00:55:45
good article!There are qualifications that you have not mentioned though
iMorroon October 07 2009 - 01:28:04
Good article, as others have said the OS101 is another good cert, I'm only on the A+ step now. Got a long way to go Smile
hakliteon April 05 2010 - 00:06:11
cheers Neqtan! great article.
Teppupon February 24 2012 - 06:48:00
All very useful sites. I wish it was a little more detailed concerning people who've never hacked their girlfriend's computer on our wireless network (hope she doesn't see this.) Pfft
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