Anthony Mugnaini
over 6 months ago
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Entering IT security

I am looking into entering it security I know I'll need special certifications . I'm a military vet and have a bachelors in criminal justice . But with a large family I would like to find a job that I'm not gone all night and sleeping all day. Which is entirely what most of the criminal justice based jobs will be ( leo or corrections) . Wondering if anyone with a cj degree and little to no actually IT experience has ever made the jump, and what options are out there for me that I may not already know .

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Trevor Hetherton

Hey Anthony, there are online classes that you can improve your IT skills and learn more about IT security at lynda.com. Also, I can try to get you in touch with one of my old professors from college who knows a lot about cyber-crime and can probably help you make that jump.

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Carol Jordan

Anthony, I worked in IT for several years as a Systems Administrator. I didn't really get much into security, but would have to run backups and virus scans at night. We set the system to do it automatically. However, when we had a malfunction, I had to stay late to perform maintenance tasks. You may have to do so as well. I worked a lot of nights and weekends. You might want to interview others in that field before investing a lot of time and money in classes.

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Brian Carlson

I have been doing IAM IT Security for 5 years now start with your A+ certification and start with Desktop Support or Helpdesk. Linkedin has some excellent courses.

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AZ Jsaesthetics

Im currently in the Cyber Security field. Been in IT for more than 10 years past 2 years been doing Network Security, Learn Linux, RHEL, Centos, You will use alot of those skill set because the SIEM products are LINUX base. I would also recommend you learn some of the security products IDS/IPS Solarwinds Security Event Manager, AlienVault Unified Security Management, McAfee Enterprise Security Manager. These companies have eval trial which you can learn what they look like. The point is you will be looking for vulnerabilities, Threats, Patterns on the network. Learn what you are looking for, there are many resources in youtube that are free. Once you have an understanding of this concept , companies will be willing to start you as a entry level security analyst and work your way up. Some companies look for keywords on your resume and not necessary look for certs as long as you show them value. Certs wont hurt, id start with security plus.

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Anthony Mugnaini

Thank you everyone it seems that for certifications at least A+ is where to start . I've been trying to locate any online training that will give me free training . So at the very least I can save some money there and focus on studying . I know of a few sites that offer free study guides , all of which are based on the certification exam. as a career it seems very lucrative which was intriguing to me . Now I don't believe in our location , there are many jobs is remote something that anyone who has commented may have done ?

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Delroy Dennis

South Florida here I Come

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David Humphries

As a vet myself I know making the transition can be tough. The good part about IT security is that there are more jobs than there are people and they come from all walks of life. I have seen successful people in this sector with marketing and art degrees. Which are both very necessary professions but far removed from the technical nature of IT. I would say start with CISSP from Cisco. They usually have some free courses on www.netacad.com as well as some paid training options. The cert will mean more to validate your skills and get in the door. Once you're in the door the experience and continuing ed will mean more than the degree. Hope this is helpful! Good luck!

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