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    Default How to get into security

    Hello, I'm 25 years old, recent graduate with a Bachelors in IT. I want to get into security and am working on getting security plus. I failed the first time but am going to study more and try again. But aside from certs, what's a way that I can get my foot in the door in information security? I will do whatever it takes to get in. Thanks!
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    Start at Help Desk and work your way up.
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    There are different parts to security. What would you like or think you would like to do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesleecoleman View Post
    There are different parts to security. What would you like or think you would like to do?
    not sure yet I just want to start anywhere. Doesnt even have to be high paying. and from there decide of I wanna go with blue team or red team
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    Location, location, location.
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    I'm in helpdesk

    planning on getting: Cisco Cyberops, CCNA Security, and Security+

    I see most security jobs want people who are already working in InfoSec
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    Quote Originally Posted by technogoat View Post

    I see most security jobs want people who are already working in InfoSec
    Find security related things to do at your current position. Put that on your resume. Congrats!! You now have experience doing info sec work!
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    Get your security + and start applying for DoD contracting companies, that's the easiest way to get into infosec.
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    Also, you can start asking your boss for more security related work. I'm in Network Security now, and worked as a Support Analyst at my previous employer, mid size MSP. I started to enjoy working with firewalls and asked to work more kinds of those tickets.
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    Join the Army as a 17C for a few years. Get out. Work as a contractor in DC making bank and constantly reject emails and phone calls by recruiters begging you to work for them
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    You have a couple options....

    Get a intro job in helpdesk and work your way up the chain. Everyone needs their start, and not everyone starts in security out of the gate. Just like most people who go to school to get a degree don't start as a Network Engineer on day one. Most people start out as a tech or a helpdesk guy. Start getting experience in the field ASAP.

    Get a intro job in infosec at a medium/large company. There are junior level jobs out there, but this will all depend on your area. Location is important here, but even more important is your ability to relocate. If you can relocate, then you can apply for more jobs because you aren't bound to the area you live in only.

    Good luck!
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