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    Indy Guest

    Career in Information Security


    I am a software developer with a combined 12 years of IT experience in various
    areas such as system admin, business analysis, database admin, and business
    applications development. But for the most part I am involved in software
    development( BASIC,xBase,Delphi,Java,SQL) for database-oriented business
    applications.

    I have been unemployed since the end of last year due to downsizing. So far
    my job search is not going well considering the current weak job market for
    IT in general. In the mean time I have been sharpening my development skills
    in J2EE and .Net and working on getting certified in J2EE and .Net. Hoping
    that when the business is up again, I will be more marketable.
    I am thinking about switching gear and maybe getting into the information
    security field. Based on my limited research, there will be better job opportunity
    in this area for the foreseeable future. Besides I have always been intrigued
    by the IT security field and I have read a couple books for fun, 'The Code
    Book', 'Crypto','Digital Fortress' just to name a few. Obviously this is
    not enough to have an objective view of the IT security field.

    That's why I would like some advice especially from someone who is already
    in the IT security field or knowledgeable about it.
    Thanks in advance for your input or advice.

    Indy


  2. #2
    ralph Guest

    Re: Career in Information Security


    "Indy" <indralawi@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >I am a software developer with a combined 12 years of IT experience in various
    >areas such as system admin, business analysis, database admin, and business
    >applications development. But for the most part I am involved in software
    >development( BASIC,xBase,Delphi,Java,SQL) for database-oriented business
    >applications.
    >
    >I have been unemployed since the end of last year due to downsizing. So

    far
    >my job search is not going well considering the current weak job market

    for
    >IT in general. In the mean time I have been sharpening my development skills
    >in J2EE and .Net and working on getting certified in J2EE and .Net. Hoping
    >that when the business is up again, I will be more marketable.
    >I am thinking about switching gear and maybe getting into the information
    >security field. Based on my limited research, there will be better job opportunity
    >in this area for the foreseeable future. Besides I have always been intrigued
    >by the IT security field and I have read a couple books for fun, 'The Code
    >Book', 'Crypto','Digital Fortress' just to name a few. Obviously this is
    >not enough to have an objective view of the IT security field.
    >
    >That's why I would like some advice especially from someone who is already
    >in the IT security field or knowledgeable about it.
    >Thanks in advance for your input or advice.
    >
    >Indy
    >


    While a case can be made for just about any IT niche, the "Information Security"
    niche is probably about one of the most "incestuous" groups around. And while
    there is always someone in every company that wears the "Information Security"
    hat, they read articles by and are influenced by a rather small body of consulting
    firms, gurus, research groups etc.

    The most important objective is therefore to get in that "family". Haunt
    their newsgroups, webblogs, conferences, email questions/queries to authors,
    etc. Forget blanket calls - it is 100% WHO you KNOW.

    Also something a little off topic - I recommend you drop any reference to
    J2EE AND .NET in the same context. <g> For example, create two separate resumes
    - one emphasizing J2EE, another .NET. With this shake out there is also a
    major battle going on between M$ and the UnixWorld. It was irrational before,
    but now it is getting down right ugly.

    Jobs are being threatened - people's whole past experience is in jeopardy.
    I have sat in on interview after interview where, otherwise strong, applicants
    have been 'blown off' only because they mentioned they were doing VB or respectively
    Java.

    You don't have to "pick" one or the other in real life. In fact it is useful
    to remain bilingual as possible. Just make sure you research the company
    very well beforehand and tailor your presentation to fit. Also make sure
    you know what the people who are actually doing the hiring are looking for.
    DON'T TRUST ANY HR REQUIREMENTS LIST! HR tends to ask for the moon. If in
    doubt ASK right up front. If they answer Lynix and OpenSource - trust me
    - never mention M$ in a positive sentence from that point on. <smile>

    HTH
    -ralph


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