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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 .



INTRO :

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 .

THE BEGINNING :

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 .

STARTING CERTIFICATIONS :

3. A +

http://www.comptia.org/certification/a

4. Network +

http://www.comptia.org/certification/network

5. Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le0/le9/learning_certification_type_home.html

6. Linux +

http://certification.comptia.org/linux/default.aspx

7. Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Servers

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/syllabi/2152cfinal.mspx

8. Security +

http://www.comptia.org/certification/security/

9. SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner)

https://www.isc2.org/cgi-bin/content.cgi?category=98

10. CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) Foundations

http://www.ciwcertified.com/certifications/foundations.asp

11. CIW Security Professional

http://www.ciwcertified.com/exams/1d0470.asp

12. CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

https://www.isc2.org/cgi-bin/content.cgi?category=97

CAREER SPECIFIC CERTIFICATIONS :

13. CISM (Certified Information Systems Manager)

http://www.isaca.org/cism.htm

14. GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials Certification)

http://www.giac.org/certifications/security/gsec.php

15. CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)

http://www.isaca.org/cisa/

16. GCFW (GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst)

http://www.giac.org/certifications/security/gcfw.php

17. GCFA (GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst)

http://www.giac.org/certifications/security/gcfa.php

18. GCIA (GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst)

http://www.giac.org/certifications/security/gcia.php

19. GCUX (GIAC Certified UNIX Security
Administrator)

http://www.giac.org/certifications/security/gcux.php

20. GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler)

http://www.giac.org/certifications/security/ggcih.php

21. GSE (GIAC Security Expert)

http://www.giac.org/certifications/security/gse.php

CONCLUSION :

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 :

http://dmiessler.com/writing/infoseccerts/

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 :

http://www.cybersecurityinstitute.biz/gettingstarted.htm

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 ,

Neqtan

Comments

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" http://www.offensive-security.com/ . 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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