People often ask me what’s the best way to get a job in the information security field and I often reply with getting hands-on experience, that’s the key. I delve into this topic in my audio programs Getting Started in Security and Certifications, Degrees, or Experience – What’s Best for Your Security Career?. In fact, this very question was the basis and inspiration for me to create those audio programs.
Well, here’s a bit in last week’s Wall Street Journal that also talks about this very thing. If you’re just out of college, changing careers, or somehow want to get hands-on experience in a real-world business, this is a great way to go about it. It may not pay well – or at all – but right now, in today’s world, gaining experience is very likely the most important thing you can be doing to break into the field and advance your career.
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