Will a BSc in Information Security get me a network security job?

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I would like to get my BSc in Information Security Systems. In the near future I would like to get a networking security career. Do you think this is a good degree? Otherwise what can I do to get into the security field?

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If there are entry-level jobs in Infosec to be had–and they do come up occasionally from time to time–that’s about all a BSc in Information Security will get you, job-wise. But interestingly, there aren’t as many “entry-level” infosec positions as you might think. I’d urge you to also acquire a CISSP through their “Associate of CISSP” program where you take and pass the exam sooner, and become a “real CISSP” when you meet their combined education/experience requirements.

You should probably also be willing to work a while as a network administrator because most infosec professionals come from these ranks irrespective of degree, and because this is an arena where entry level jobs are much more common. If you still have some flexibility in selecting coursework and curriculum, you might want to balance across these two areas so as to maximize your short-term just-out-of-school job prospects, and well as your longer-term desire to toil in the infosec fields.

HTH, and thanks for posting,
–Ed–

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