Essays Tagged "Krebs on Security"

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So You Want to Be a Security Expert

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Krebs on Security
  • July 12, 2012

This essay orginally appeared as part of a series of advice columns on how to break into the field of security.

I regularly receive e-mail from people who want advice on how to learn more about computer security, either as a course of study in college or as an IT person considering it as a career choice.

First, know that there are many subspecialties in computer security. You can be an expert in keeping systems from being hacked, or in creating unhackable software. You can be an expert in finding security problems in software, or in networks. You can be an expert in viruses, or policies, or cryptography. There are many, many opportunities for many different skill sets. You don’t have to be a coder to be a security expert…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.