EH-Net is proud to add yet another new columnist this year. As an intro into his quarterly contributions, Jason Andress takes a look at how to build an infosec pro. In the coming months, look for more info on building a career with an emphasis on ethical hacking.
As always, let him know what you think and add your own stories to help others or even ask Jason at the entire EH-Net Community for help on your specific questions.
Permanent link: [Article]-Building Information Security Professionals
By Jason Andress
A commonly posed question, particularly among people looking to get into the information security field, is “how do I get into information security?” This is an excellent question, and one we can find answered in a variety of ways, although, perhaps, it is not really the right question to ask. A better question might be “what do I need to do to build myself into an information security professional?” The distinction between the two questions is narrow, but definitely present.
We might think of this as the difference between looking for a job and looking for a career. Career information security professionals are some of the most passionate, dedicated, and engaged people in all of the technology industry. We will often find such focused people burning the midnight oil on security research, projects, and conference presentations, not necessarily because they are being paid to do so, but because they have a burning interest in doing so.
So, that being said, let’s talk about how we build information security professionals.