Many industries have well-defined points of entry and well-understood education
and training requirements. Information Security is not one of those industries.
Successful infosec pros often have wildly diverse backgrounds so it is
difficult to know which is the “correct” way to enter this field. As our
industry has evolved and matured, what do organizations now look for in a
candidate? What combination of skills, experience, and education will get you
in your “dream job?” SPOILER - there are many predictors of success, and
organizations have different priorities, so there is no single answer.
Damon Small began his career studying music Louisiana State University. Leveraging computer skills learned in the LSU recording studio, he became a systems administrator in the mid 1990s. In 2005,...