The 2 Tips Self-Taught Security Pros Will Give You
Can you become a InfoSec expert on your own? Self-taught security professionals will tell you it’s possible, and here are the 2 tips they will give you.
Mastering the Basics
Without a strong understanding and knowledge of IT and security basics, how do you expect to become a professional? In fact, mastering the basics will help you assimilate even more advanced skills more easily.
Before you get into the IT Security field, you must first have a strong understanding of all the Information Technology (IT) basics. Those include (but are not limited to):
- Computer Science basics
- Fundamentals of modern operating systems (Windows, Linux, OSX, Android, iOS, …)
- Basic Programming skills (C++, Python, …)
- Basic Networking skills (Routing, Forwarding, TCP/IP)
While mastering the IT basics is a good start, there’s more to work on for a career in InfoSec. You must now learn extra skills, focused on the most important security topics. Those include (but are not limited to):
- How System, Network, WiFi, and Web App Attacks work
- The Penetration Testing Lifecycle phases (Information Gathering, Scanning, Vulnerability Assessments, Exploitation, Reporting)
- How and why Security Audits must be performed
- How Buffer Overflows, XSS, and SQL Injection work
- The different tools needed to perform a penetration test
Think you know the basics perfectly? Try teaching those skills to a fellow IT security student or colleague. As Albert Einstein quoted “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” This couldn’t be truer. Once you have explained and taught a skill to someone else, you can be sure that you have mastered that skill. If you find yourself struggling to explain how and why a particular method or tool should be used and when, it’s time for YOU to review your basics.
Ready to get working on your skills? Here are some ways you can do that.
- Read a good book
- Attend security conferences
- Enroll in a practical training course
- and much more…
Read “6 Ways You Can Learn New InfoSec Skills” to learn more.
Prooving Your Skills
Because InfoSec is a highly practical industry, it’s important for employers to be 100% sure of their employees’ ability to do the job. In order to prove that you walk the talk, here are some of the things you can do:
- Take part in various Bug Bounty programs
- Enroll in a practical training course and get certified
- Participate in CTFs and other cybersecurity hands-on challenges
- Seek out a mentor and convince him/her to give you a glowing recommendation
- Get involved in security conferences, keynote speeches, and webinars to talk about your favorite topics and know-how
While there are many more ways to show that you’re good and passionate about what you do, the example above set a good foundation for employers to trust your skills and ability to do the job.
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