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Hello anyone and everyone! My name is Marty and I am working on getting into the Information Security field so I have a lot of questions. For now though, I will post just this one to start. I am 45 and a Disabled Veteran starting late, obviously, getting into the field, so what are the most important certifications and professional organizations to join up front? I am doing pretty darn well in my classes, but need to start creating the professional connections that others make later in their education now. Kind of getting ahead of my peers so to speak. 
Any and all suggestions are much appreciated!
Thanks!


Software/Hardware used:
Microsoft, Spiceworks, very little Linux experience.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    First off, thank you for your service.

    Getting started in the information security field can be quite overwhelming. In a nutshell, you need to find a specialty that interests you, focus wholeheartedly on it through hands-on experience and self-learning, and then possibly pursue any certs that may apply. The Security+ cert is a good one to start with.

    I've written about IT and security careers for TechTarget pretty extensively and you may also be interested in this audio program.

    I wish you all the best!
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