For starters, I would like to consult with the experienced lot of you
I am 24 years old. Until the age of 18 I didn't take the hacking\security world too seriously, and it all boiled down to hacking in very simple ways (WIN NT password cracking, NetBios Hacking etc.) to start FTP servers and some other stuff. Used to scan some ports and see if I can do something with it. Did some social engineering for money sake (regret it till this day, please don't flame me. I am not a bad person), however the experience did me good, I am sure.
I decided a while back that I want to do this as a real thing and have a career. I started a 1-year course to get certified to the following:
Microsoft MCITP 2008 Server Administrator
COMPTIA Linux +
As of now, I am in the half of the MCITP part.
After that I plan to find a job in this field (hoping someone would hire a guy like me. An enthusiast who likes to learn and learn fast, but with no solid experience). And while working get certified for CEH and after that perhaps go for the EC-Council Certified Security Analyst and the LPT (Licensed Penetration Tester) because the offensive part seems more attractive and appealing to me.
I guess the end goal is to reach a CISSP by the age of, I don't know, 30? 35? 40?
I want to do good in this field and I want to earn money because I plan to have a family sometime
Please, go easy on me as I am new not only in this forum, but officially in this Security world.
Thanks for those who read this all the way through.