I am currently a 17-year-old high school student, intimidated by the oncoming future: college, jobs, responsibility, etc.
I have always had an unruly obsession with computers, starting at the age of five with a brick and a command line. Now I have developed this obsession into a full-blown passion.
My ultimate goal as of right now is to eventually work my way into the NSA' s expert vulnerability analysis / project management group, Red Cell. Far off dream, yes, and many obstacles to overcome before finally realizing that goal, but I am willing to forge myself into a cyber warrior by any means necessary
I do need help. I have a strong understanding of computers, feeble programming skills, a poor mathematical background (incorporated into the computer science field?), and, worst of all, no idea where to begin, even though I do have an A+, Network+, CCNA, and Malware Analysis textbook behind me.
Where/ how did you guys begin your careers / hobbies / passions of being a hacker? What more can I do to get a jump start into the cyberworld of hacking? What basic skills might I need and how do I hone them to the best of my ability? Am I still too young to even enter the field? I have a lot of questions, and I figured professionals like yourselves could point me in the right direction.
P.S. This topic may be in the wrong forum section. If so, I apologize ahead of time. I may not be able to see all of the site, as I am on a kindle fire.