Who am I: I am a 22 year old college student who is going after a BBA in Information Systems while at the same time pursing an AAS in Information Security. Unlike most people, my interest in Infosec didn't start until a year ago and have found myself trying to play catch up with the rest of the industry ever since.
Beyond that, I'll see about adding more stuff to my pen testing lab beyond just the laptop with VMs. Thomas Wilhelm's Rant opened my eyes a bit and i found myself agree with him that i invest more in my lab if i want to get more out of it.
Specialization: Ideally, i want to go into Pen Testing but Computer Forensics has also sparked my interest along with Malware Analyzing so it depends if my interests involve fishing for files that no one wants to see (but it's your job to find) or to be building exploits.
Future Possible Projects: Lately, I've been looking a the Prey anti-thief software. Now, this program is all great and good but the problem is that a thief could steal a computer, reformat the hard drive and you lose your tracking. I've been toying with the idea of combining a rootkit into the BIOs of the computer so if the hard drive gets wiped, you can still track them. Any ideas or resources that can help me with this would be appreciated.
Now on to the cert path:
My AAS degree has aligned it's self with the CompTIA certs (A+,Network+,Security+) along with some basic Cisco knowlage (the CCNA is offered at this school but it is in a different program so I'll have to pick that up later) so it should give me the basic knowledge for the more advanced certs.
beyond that, I'm stuck at a bit of a crossroads.
I've heard mixed results about the C|EH (it's a cert that HR wants but most infosec people dismiss it). likewise, i've heard good things about the eCCPT (provides lots of actual experience but HR doesn't like it).
Regardless of the middle level certifications, I eventually want to obtain the OSCP and proceed to get a CISSP shortly after.
So anyways, there's my story and hope to see you around the forums.