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What certifications do I need to become a Malware Analyst?


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#1 DrShade

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 10:32 AM

I've previously posted here on how to get started as a malware analyst, and wanted to say thanks on getting me started. How much do certifications help me in for my resume and which one(s) should I get? Will experience ultimately be better than a cert? And finally, when should I get certified? I'm currently a sophomore studying information assurance, should I wait until I graduate to get certified?

Sorry for the abundance of questions, and thanks for helping.



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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 05:37 PM

I don't believe there is a malware analyst certification, at least not from CompTIA.  I'd say Network+ and Security+ would help you understand how something gets infected.  Perhaps a programming language.



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Posted 15 September 2015 - 12:16 PM

I looked up that kind of certification once, and the first one that came up is the GIAC Malware Analysis Certification: GREM.

https://digital-forensics.sans.org/certification/grem

Most certifications won't be "explicitely" for malware analysis I think, but more for reverse engineering (since this is what most malware analysts does). There's also this one:

http://www.iacertification.org/crea_certified_reverse_engineering_analyst.html

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 10:50 AM

There are also guides that can help you out a bit more:

 

Ransomware Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransomware

Malware Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware

Trojan Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_horse_(computing)

Adware Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adware

Rootkit Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rootkit

Hacker Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker

 

This will typically give you information about everything about computer viruses and malware. I hope you found this useful Have A Nice Day!  :) 

 

PS: This will give you a brief understanding of what it is and what it can do.


Edited by CodeSmasha, 16 September 2015 - 10:51 AM.


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 05:06 PM

To be really good as an anaylist an old timer once told me you have to be able to read code in your sleep.

The further I got in my studies I found the more true his words became.


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