Getting Started in InfoSec!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Getting Started in InfoSec!

The first time i heard about infosec was in campus when they introduced the course on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime in USIU. The description i was given, is that the classes involve hacking, so i enrolled for it. To be honest, i thought hacking was really cool :D

What i really enjoy about infosec is how it challenges your intellect. It shapes your thought process and gives you quite a unique perspective of technology. A mindset that you can only gain via experience in the field and interacting with other knowledgeable and seasoned infosec professionals. Infosec and IT are two very different fields yet quite related. In infosec you are taught how to break while in IT you are taught to make. Infosec makes you very paranoid by nature and trust does not come easy especially when you understand the capabilities of the people around you and how malware works. So how does someone get started in this profession and become an ethical hacker, well,this simple diagram illustrates just that.

Like any other technical field, be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them as quickly as possible. Be prepared to accidentally screw up production servers, delete key databases and the occasional self infection when analysing malware for the first few times. Be prepared to face challenges you will have no idea how to fix at first. At the end of the day, this career is really AWESOME. ( • _ •) ( • _ •)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)