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Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by darrenwis, May 22, 2009.

  1. darrenwis

    darrenwis Bit Poster

    Hi all,

    I recently wrote about getting into the security industry and have a few other questions. I have a BSc and I am considering doing an MSc in Computer System Security. I am also going to see if I can spend an afternoon a week etc in the I.T. department in work to gain some experience. Doing a MSc part time means I would be tied with the company I am with (working in customer care) as I would need the time off in the week. I know an MSc won't get me a job but education wise it should certainly show a willingness to learn.

    So my question is i know I.T. security is a mind field and a broad term, but what does that exactly entail? What are the main roles/career types?

    Certifications: BSc (hons)
    WIP: A+
  2. JK2447
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    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator

    Hi Darren,
    You've certainly posed a difficult question and I'm not sure there is a clear cut answer but I'll give it a go.

    At my company all IT Security staff are called Security Analysts, except for their managers. Security as you say is the umbrella name for a variety of Security professionals. What I have found is that in smaller companies (1000 or less employee's), a Security Analyst will monitor security on multiple platforms so Windows Sever, Mainframe, Unix/Linux and Citrix. Monitoring access logs and implementing increasing security measures by making recommendations to be carried out by the network and server teams etc.

    In larger companies you tend to get Analysts who specialise in just one area of security, so you may have a SAP security analyst or a network infrastructure analyst. This is the case with my employer who have specific Analysts for each platform.

    The job spec for a Security Analyst seems to vary from company to company depending on the systems and networks they have but a core knowledge is always there.

    I know for a fact that the defacto qualification to have in security is the CISSP regardless of your role. An MSc is a great achievement and would look great on your CV, not to mention the knowledge you will gain. If you decide not to take this route, check out CompTIA's Security+ which I am sitting next week. You can self study and its a great starting point in your studies. I too want to get into security but I'm aiming for a very specific role and won't need a masters myself.
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV, VSP, VTSP
    WIP: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

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