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I have always been fascinated with computers. Ever since I joined OCN and built my first PC awhile back I can't get enough of them. I'm always learning new things every day from this website from other intelligent individuals, etc. I've decided awhile ago that I wanted my career to most definitely be in the field of computers, but I didn't know which specific field.

I'm starting college in September, and at this point I'm leaning towards Networking Security, or some form of Security in general. I talked to a good friend of mine on here, and he said since I'm interested in Malware and virus removal/security, I should give definitely major in Networking Security, or again.. some form of Security. I'm very new to networking itself, so I don't know much. Security, as in avoiding and removing viruses and malware itself I have what I would consider very decent experience.

I heard and read the career path with that major is absolutely phenomenal. Question to those who major in that area, what did you learn?

Thank you very much to those who answer!
Edited by pjBSOD - 6/7/11 at 5:00pm
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I think a more important question is, do you feel like this degree gave you more opportunities? Was it hard finding a job? Do you enjoy your job and see yourself doing it for the rest of your life? How much do you make $$$$?
    
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You need to study for Networking C++ and go from there.
Do you know some of the basics? How to setup a network and IP Scheme without a DHCP server?
What a default gateway means? The different topologies (mostly vacant now) etc..
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Network Security majors with Boxxy avatars make me wonder

Though the IT world isn't all one way paths. I know programmers who are Networking guys and vice-versa. Network Security could even get you into server admin jobs. Basically once you get the little piece of paper it is just a matter of how you sell it.
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I begin college in Feb for Networking Security... wanna be my study partner?
    
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I think a more important question is, do you feel like this degree gave you more opportunities? Was it hard finding a job? Do you enjoy your job and see yourself doing it for the rest of your life? How much do you make $$$$?
Those are all good questions, too.

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Originally Posted by amstech View Post
You need to study for Networking C++ and go from there.
Do you know some of the basics? How to setup a network and IP Scheme without a DHCP server?
What a default gateway means? The different topologies (mostly vacant now) etc..
I'm very new to networking itself, so I don't know much. Security, as in avoiding and removing viruses and malware itself I have what I would consider very decent experience.

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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post
Network Security majors with Boxxy avatars make me wonder


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Originally Posted by The Architect View Post
I begin college in Feb for Networking Security... wanna be my study partner?
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The problem so many people do is lump everything into 1 category. It's like saying a network eng, server eng, and database eng work in IT. i want a job in IT, ok what field. The same is true as far as Security, yes what you are talking about is Security it's a different part of the Security environment. Specially your basically nailed it when you stated malware/anti-virus. You going to need to know a ****ton of programming and specifically Layer 4-7 and a brief touch on maybe routing (layer 3). Personally I don't code, hate looking at code and stay the **** away from code.
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The problem so many people do is lump everything into 1 category. It's like saying a network eng, server eng, and database eng work in IT. i want a job in IT, ok what field. The same is true as far as Security, yes what you are talking about is Security it's a different part of the Security environment. Specially your basically nailed it when you stated malware/anti-virus. You going to need to know a ****ton of programming and specifically Layer 4-7 and a brief touch on maybe routing (layer 3). Personally I don't code, hate looking at code and stay the **** away from code.
Awesome, you seem to know a lot! So, if I'm interested in primarily Security > Networking ( specifically speaking malware/viruses ) what field should I pursue? Since I haven't seen anything yet, I'd figure I'd ask people with experience so I can get a fairly nice head start and finally have that "I know what I'm doing" peace of mind.
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No two people that go to school for IT (networking, programming, helpdesk, security) will EVER have the same career path.

I graduated with people who are now making twice what I do; I graduated with people who make $9 an hour.

With that said, you would be MUCH MUCH better off going for a Network / Sys admin degree and working in the field for a few years, getting a few certifications. If you graduate with a network security degree, you're going to have to start in the same spot as everyone else. Or you might actually be BEHIND everyone else ...

Best bet: Go for network / system administration and take network security courses. During your college career or when you graduate go for the Security +.

Truth be told, it's very rare that a company would let a person just out of college touch their servers, much less be responsible for their security. This is VERY much a field where you have to work your way up from the bottom and build a reputation.
    
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Wether there is a specific degree program to what you are wanting i don't know. I know it doesn't fit in Information Management, nor does it fit in Programming. If anything as far as degree wise it would probably be closest to Computer Science, when I had considered going to college that was one of the degree paths that was available.

I am probably not the best to ask for colleges or classes to take, as I only took 1 college class and that was in business. I'm self taught on everything including my certs.

I would probably suggest talk to the student adviser let them know where your interest lie. Another thought would be maybe try to get in contract directly with a company like Norton and get advise on what things they look (degrees and classes) when they hire their staff. You could also just look at their Careers site to get some ideas, and I'm not advocating Norton as the place to work or to use their products, just as a reference.
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