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how would you describe your job?
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Posted 5/19/15
A lot of donuts.
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Right now, it's a dead end. I enjoy the field I'm in, but there's nowhere left to go in my office. Gonna be looking for something a little more challenging and higher up.
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dotsforlife wrote:


XxNaruTheNarcissistxX wrote:


dotsforlife wrote:

Love my job. Cyber Security. Occasionally get asked to find vulnerabilities in systems for companies.


That shit is tight.


Yeah. It's fun getting permission to basically go in and break stuff, test against traffic flow and exploit any backdoors. I get to have fun and they get a more secure system as a result.


hey could you elaborate more on what you do please? thanks, i would like to hear more about that field because i read in my business class, that's going to be a growing profession in the future. much appreciated!!
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Sure. I suppose I should explain a few things first before answering your question though.

First off, I'll say that Cyber Security is a very broad term that can represents many different sub fields. A lot of people get this idea in their head that people who work in these fields do all this top secret James Bond like stuff. This is only true for a small portion of these fields. Depending on the company you work for you could end up working on cryptographic protocols, collaboration with local police, security maintenance, firewall creation and much much more. All of these involve a similar but slightly varied set of requirements to get to.

Secondly, most of these fields require a decent/good amount of education as well as certifications that have to be maintained every 3 years. Depending on which sub field you go into will dictate which certs are required. Simply having a 4 year degree won't do you much good unless you have certs to accompany them. Entry level positions usually only require 3 or 4 certs tops, while senior level positions require more depending on the field. As you stated, this (and IT fields in general) are a rapidly growing field in this technology age we live in. It's very competitive and there are plenty of people (especially younger people) lined up ready to take a job. Best thing to do is aquire your certs as you progress through college courses and learn as much as you can on your own as well.

Now onto your question... I won't go into too much detail as I am held to a certain degree of secrecy required by my job. This is actually normal for many of these fields. I basically work for the government (which has its pros and cons in itself) and handle the firewalls for my employer. Mostly my job is monitoring eveything and making sure no funny business is going on. I also do a lot of research in my down time on any new vulnerabilties or methods of attack. I do a lot of testing against our systems and risk assessment as well. Some of the companies we work with through our various contracts occassionally require me to do the same to their security. I basically get paid in that sense to do an assessment of their systems and give them an overall report. (sounds boring but it's fun because I get to see new stuff and attempt to break things ) Overall it's a desk job, pays well (around 75-85k for my particular level) and it's fun if you dislike people and like machines/networking lol. I also do some homebrew programming and virus removal/pc repair on the side as a hobby.

Hope that gives you a better idea of things.
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thanks alot, very insightful. what is home brew programming? since my summer started, I plan on starting to learn javascript and do hackReactor in the fall. hopefully get a job that combines my business degree with my future CS skills.
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Good luck with that. Homebrew has a lot of different meanings depending on what you're using it with but in this sense it basically means self made. I can write up various programs depending on a clients needs. (such as plugins for a game, hacks, interfaces for software, IP boots, etc) I used to do a lot of ethical hacking and coding back in my highschool/college days.
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my main job is in construction (mainly carpentry) and depending on the job and location. as well i do a bit of farming on the side its a nice change to the daily routine
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Posted 7/19/15
Dont have a job but want one, im thinking of working part time at starbucks would be a great experience for an unsociable kid like myself
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