I just Graduated about a Year ago with my B.S. in Comp Science. Right now im working an Entry level Firmware job, I like it pretty well. However i've always been interested in Network Security and all things that go with it (Maleware/etc...) not for really any other purpose than learning. Although I think it'd be great to do as a career one day (Penetration Testing, or working for an AV company perhaps?)
I have pretty good knowledge in C/C++/Java as that's what I mainly use at work. My SQL Knowledge is sub-par (Im working on it) and my ASM is pretty bottom of the barrel. Unfortunatly I know nothing about Networks/Security.....Malware/Cracking/ANYTHING of that nature. Hence why Im here. I am pretty familiar with *nix based systems....So I guess that's a plus haha.
I was a bit confused and overwhelmed where to start, it's something i've been super interested in but sadly out Uni never offered much in the way of classes (Those wargames competitions seem like they'd be awesome).
Anyways my Goal is to set up my own lab ( I have the hardware for it thankfully) and get to work learning this stuff. I have quite a few ebooks/videos but I don't know whats good/relevant and so forth. So anything to point me in the right direction for a beginner would be great, and I look forward to becoming a part of the community!
I guess some sort of "Certification" is in my future, I've been looking around an the CISSP seems like something to aim for in the future (unless someone else has any other recommendations). Network+/Sec+ seems like they are somewhat outdated, and im not sure if I feel CEH is something worthwhile, but then again I have no idea.
Edited by Mercfh, 20 February 2012 - 02:40.