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Hello, I am Rahul and would like to know that apart from education, how much technical knowledge and experience is necessary to do something good in Information Security? To refine how much of Programming, Operating Systems, Networks knowledge and experience is required? Please feel free to point out any of the areas I am missing out on. Your responses awaited. Cheers.
ASKED: February 24, 2009  7:19 AM
UPDATED: February 25, 2009  3:38 PM

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The <a href=”http://www.isaca.org/Template.cfm?Section=Security&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=19&ContentID=29031″>ISACA CISA or CISM</a> are good vendor neutral certifications. Another well recognized training/certification program is the <a href=”http://www.isc2.org/credentials/default.aspx”>ISC2 CISSP</a>. These programs give you a good idea of the broad spectrum of knowledge & skills it takes to be a security professional. It is difficult to say that 20% focus in one area and 40% in another is right. It depends on the organization and the position.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    This is a very broad question...It all boils down to what you want to do in security. A lot of it is technical but a lot of it is not. I've written extensively about IT and security careers here, here, and here. Hope this helps and best of luck!
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