no more replies pls thanks, I'm just a dumb
It's definitely a good field to go into.
Since you're starting out you might want to look at getting a certification...maybe CompTIA's Security+ or the CISSP (certified information systems security professional).
You also may want to familiarize yourself with firewall concepts. Should be plenty of youtube videos about that.
And you probably want to subscribe to some security news sources to keep up on trends.
I don't know what course you are talking about but out of all the unofficial ones I've checked out there wasn't one that couldn't be replaced by some Googling. Cybersecurity is a very broad subject which requires different skillsets depending on the field you wish to make your own specialization, or at least your starting point. Are you more interested in getting into incident response, offensive security, bug hunting, network administration, or what else?
I'm currently studying for a penetration testing certification to help me break into the industry, I have some practical experience in the field but not a single piece of paper to show potential employers, so I haven't had much success in looking for a job still. Also keep in mind that personal experience is always very important, don't stop at the material the certification entity is giving you, take it two steps beyond and study as much as you can, maybe they won't reward you directly, but it'll allow you to distinguish yourself from the tens of thousands of people getting certified these days.
I started my career learning networking terms and how it works. Having a solid fundamental IT background will help you in any branch of computing.
Look at junior/associate security positions, read the requirements, use those as outlines for things you should be learning about. Most places will want at the minimum a CCNA or Security Plus.
Also, it's expensive, but I highly recommend Coursera. Google has an IT funadmentals (5 parts?) class with a certification at the end. They cover from very basic "what is a computer" to system administration and security.
Don't worry, Google is everyone's friend no matter the position/level.I still have to ask Google sometimes what a command to do this or that
I had to dismantle my own network to get my game server to be seen by the interwebz, lul. Not enough to get a job in it, but enough to understand the basic concepts and know that I can handle learning about it
... I'm gonna try my hardest to make it work. It's pretty much my only chance to get in without finishing up certification on my own, but I'm having trouble cementing the concepts in my head without being able to get hands-on. I'll have to live about half an hour away to be able to afford rent and such, but that would only last a year max I figure and then I'll be making normal analyst wages, which are like 2x what I make now at minimum and I'll finally have benefits.
Keep trying! Don't give up! >u<!!
Also, that sounds like a good deal. Don't be ashamed to take an internship. Internships are how you launch a new career. My experience at my internship help launched the business I have now.
After reading another thread here, I decided to look into it more and, well... I'm lost at how to get into cybersecurity. I think it would be a great career for me, but it seems hard to get into. I asked Google, but there's lots of conflicting info on how to actually get in. Some sites say "just do it" - but... how? Others say "start in IT support/sysadmin" - well that's fine cuz I've done that on a volunteer level for a gaming clan and I enjoyed it until clan drama ruined it, but I'm unsure how close to an actual job that was, so I don't think it would be enough to land a legit sysadmin job. I looked into getting some sort of sysadmin skillz to put on my resume aside from that and found an online training program that gives a free 30-day trial which is cool, so we'll see how that goes.
To those of you in the field already, how did you get in? Or, if your goal is to get in like me, what have you decided is the best course of action to do so?
Aww, did the job fall through?
If you decide you want to pick up again, I highly suggest Per Scholas. They have a few schools around the country now.I got the first interview of 3, but was not able to move onto the 2nd. They asked some questions to test my knowledge and even though I knew the answers I felt too much pressure due to a random oral exam and messed up a lot... Right after ending the call I remembered things I should have said. The other people did better and I was told so, and that I could apply again once my knowledge improved. But I am a dumb and will never remember terminology well enough to take an oral exam on the subject without being able to get the practical experience.
If you decide you want to pick up again, I highly suggest Per Scholas. They have a few schools around the country now.
They have labs where you can get practical experience. I used to run some in the Bronx.
They are free. They were a (specialized) job placement and training place paid for by NYC.I'd wager they're not free though, right? School is never free here. And I'm not exactly in a huge metro area with tons of opportunities, I would have had to move close to Detroit to get the internship, which is not close to me at all.
They are free. They were a (specialized) job placement and training place paid for by NYC.
And I feel you for that, I had to make a lot of sacrifices to move from NC to NYC because they had FAR MORE resources. vAv
I was able to get help starting my business. They had programs to pay me while I was bringing my business up. Whew~...