Federal Physical Security Guy for Career Change - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Techist Forum Information > New Member Introductions
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-08-2012, 12:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
Virgin Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 0
Default Federal Physical Security Guy for Career Change

Hello,
I'm in my mid 20's and have started my career in Federal security/law enforcement/counter-terrorism, and while I enjoy my career, with the current economy there are limited positions to advance to. IT Security and cyber terror are becoming the forefront of what the Government is looking to combat, and they are having a hard time finding people to do that.

If I want to start my career in IT security, what would be the best steps to take? I'm currently still working hard to pay off loans from my Criminology/Emergency Management degree, so I would prefer not to start into a full out degree. Are there some certifications that I can work towards?

I consider myself tech savy and pick up most things fairly quickly. Thanks for any information, and I'm sure some of you will enjoy a laugh at my ignorance. Ha.
__________________

fedguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
It's all just 1s and 0s
 
office politics's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: in the lab
Posts: 6,555
Send a message via MSN to office politics
Default Re: Federal Physical Security Guy for Career Change

check out these links

SANS Security Training and Your Career Roadmap

and

/r/netsec - Information Security News & Discussion


edit - you'll want to have a strong knowledge of networking and computer architecture. Cisco certs are good. Security + can get you started. Lookup what NIDS and HIDS are.

i think the TF user Sheepykins works in security.
__________________

office politics is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-2012, 04:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
Virgin Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 0
Default Re: Federal Physical Security Guy for Career Change

Quote:
Originally Posted by office politics View Post
check out these links

SANS Security Training and Your Career Roadmap

and

/r/netsec - Information Security News & Discussion


edit - you'll want to have a strong knowledge of networking and computer architecture. Cisco certs are good. Security + can get you started. Lookup what NIDS and HIDS are.

i think the TF user Sheepykins works in security.
Thanks for the leads. Those are some expensive courses and certifications, so that's one heck of an investment.

Are there any recommendations on what kind of part-time IT positions might be interested in hiring someone newer to the field?
fedguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:40 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.