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#1 56KPensionParadigm

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 11:01 AM

So. I am a 24 year old male, February 1990. I did not graduate High School, received almost perfect grades on my G.E.D. except for math. It just happened to be the last subject and I was in a rush to leave... I averaged my IQ after taking a test 3 times to be 130.. in the 8th grade I haven't followed up since then. I'm born in Lowell MA, I consider myself tech savvy, I love learning about all the way you can enter data into these machines and the commands they can preform it's still so incredible to me. I have a few legal disagreements on my record but I moved forward from that life, It can make you feel real guilty after awhile. I always thought Cryptographic engineering would be my dream to learn the field and work within it as a career. I am told and self-aware that I am good at detecting lies, figuring out peoples motive/incentive/angles, judging character, perceiving things about people through body language etc. to shutup and get to the point I want To make countermeasures against malicious hackers, Virtual security, Cyber Thieves, etc..  too afraid to do the act in the flesh so they hide behind a machine. These walks of human beings should be incarcerated unable to reproduce in the name of Natural Selection. I've always been a curious not dumb(If you think you're smart then you are day dreaming) inquisitive person good at producing information, and my name in translation means detective. People are Naïve to the enormous gaps in their virtual security everywhere they go and the scum bags are having an all you can take free for all at the expense of disappointingly ignorant people. So where do I start and what kind of a path am I looking at and How high are the cards stacked against me ;cause If they didn't make some work so hard than it wouldn't be possible for life to ever be so easy.
 


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#2 Roodo

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 11:23 AM

Enroll in college. Follow the degree path, that the college has for something like: Computer Forensics, Security, take some programming classes.

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 03:17 PM

Cryptography is highly math intensive, just so you know.  I'd suggest getting a Computer Security degree like Roodo mentioned.  Maybe look into penetration testing.

 

Where you might have an issue is with the legal issues in your past.  Very few companies will hire someone without running a background check for an IT or Security role.



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:18 PM

Cryptography is extremely math heavy, programming can be as well.  Which part of security are you interested in?  You can be a tester, or help determine IT security policy.  Both require different skill sets if your math skills aren't good.

 

Security roles often have very intensive background and security checks, but so long as your legal disagreements weren't involving your integrity or major, you shouldn't have issues.


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:27 AM

Starting out now is a perfect time and it is a career path that you definitely will not regret, providing you are willing to be constantly learning.






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