How do I get started in cyber security?

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I want to know the best way to begin learning about cyber security: Should I start with college? Is information technology the best major to pursue or should I pursue computer science? I've read that a bachelor's or degree isn't necessary for cyber security careers and if this is true, what is the first step I should take in order to purse a career in cyber security? Thanks

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  • Kevin Beaver
    I mostly just have strong opinions about why "cyber security" even exists (http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/2240215188/RSA-2014-analysis-Is-cybersecurity-the-future-of-security) but I can help with information security.

    Educate yourself and get hands on experience...that's really simplest approach I can recommend. You'll definitely want to find an area of specialty such as architecture, incident response/forensics, vulnerability testing, or audit since it's hard to do everything well. Keep in mind that security is much more about the business operations (especially sales) than it is about the business network, so do what you can to learn about letting security be an enabler rather than a hindrance.

    Here's an article, my security blog, and audio programs that will help point you in the right direction. Much more on IT and security careers here. Best of luck!
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