Security + and BS degree in MIS now what?

jungtaojungtao Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hey guys,


Here is my background:

BS in MIS from 4 yr college
Security+ Certified
3 years experience as a NOC analyst..

Is it worth it for me to get a Masters Degree in Network Security or Keep getting my certification. If so which certification will best lead me to being in upper mgmt level ?

I feel that you need a good solid foundation so I am getting my CCNA and Linux certification..!

What next? SSCP takes 1 yr experience in the security field which I dont have

Should I go for the SCNS Certification --> SCNP Route instead of finding a security job and then SSCP ?

Does the SCNS + SCNP = SSCP ???

Security jobs are hard to find if you have only a BS degree and security + and no experience in the security field!!!I just need direction in getting a security job!


Please help!!

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  • sir_creamy_sir_creamy_ Inactive Imported Users Posts: 298
    jungtao wrote:
    Is it worth it for me to get a Masters Degree in Network Security or Keep getting my certification.

    Personally, I think if you're extrinsically motivated then a masters is not the right choice. Since you cited upper management as your goal and not the endless pursuit of knowledge, I'd stay away from the masters :)
    jungtao wrote:
    If so which certification will best lead me to being in upper mgmt level ?

    This quote will no doubt be met with jeers from other TE members, but I think there is no answer to this question.
    jungtao wrote:
    I feel that you need a good solid foundation so I am getting my CCNA and Linux certification..!

    Good idea. Maybe after getting some entry-level cisco certs you can land a networking gig and slide into a security role. That'll give you the 1 year experience you're looking for your SSCP.
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  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I believe masters are looked upon favorably for managerial roles. However, I think you should focus on certifications and gaining real world experience. Otherwise, your academic accomplishments will far exceed your level of experience, which will not make you a very well-rounded candidate. You should pick a *nix, Windows, and/or Cisco path and start pursuing that. You should also check out this post of Keatron's. As far as managerial-level security certifications are concerned, you should set the CISSP and CISM as your long-term goals.

    Also, be sure to check out the SSCP requirements. You need one year of full-time security work, not just a year of general IT experience. It looks like you also need to find someone who is eligible to endorse you as well. Realistically, you might need a few years to achieve that.

    I've seen many people recommend firewall positions as a great way to break into the security field. You might want to look at some of the Checkpoint certifications and/or the Cisco Firewall Specialist.
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