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Security Career? - July 29th 2012, 01:42 AM

I've decided, after several years, that I want to do something that's involved with security. I don't want to be a security guard, I don't want to involve security cameras, but maybe I want to do something that involves computers. I'm not exactly sure what kind of careers are out there, but I'm pretty big on privacy and I think that it's something that we should all have some of, and I just don't know where to begin looking. Is there a website that gives me a list of potential careers that's specifically being involved with people's protection of privacy? This is a monumental discovery, and I feel that I would be more motivated to finish college if I knew exactly what kind of career I wanted to pursue in and maybe even what kind of major I should get while in college. If you have any information, I'd appreciate your input!
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Re: Security Career? - July 29th 2012, 02:48 AM

http://www.simplyhired.com/a/jobs/list/q-cyber+security. not all of these have to do with privacy, but they all are cyber security jobs.

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Re: Security Career? - July 29th 2012, 03:56 AM

Well, if you're looking for something that involves security and computers, then a degree in computer science would probably be your best bet. If you do a Google search for "information security jobs," you should find a few descriptions of what you would be doing and what qualifications you need to have. I know a few people who majored in this area, and you definitely need to be good at math/science/programming (the programming part is something they all learned in college, but most of them had already completed calculus and taken AP science courses during their high school years).

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Re: Security Career? - July 29th 2012, 06:00 AM

You could study security engineering, which is a sub-field of computer science and information technology.

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Re: Security Career? - July 29th 2012, 10:50 PM

Two of the programs I'm applying for at college are in the field of computer science, specifically cyber security. You can study this at just about any college or university that offers computer science. If you want to look at the requirements for various jobs in this field, check out workopolis, monster and Kelly (not sure if the latter is only Canadian).

I have several friends and family members in this field, so I've asked around to get some heads-up information for myself but I can also pass it along to you. Regardless of the university you're attending, you're going to have to complete several math courses. The courses will vary from university to university but to give you a rough guide, I'll list out the math and stats courses required for a specialist program at the university I went to: first-year calculus, second-year linear algebra (2 courses), second-year stats (note: my university doesn't actually have a first-year stats course), and any 3rd or 4th year math course and stats course.

There's a fair amount of emphasis on math, however, you're not going to need a lot of it for computer science. Some computer science courses have more emphasis on data analysis, which is why you'll need to understand statistics, although when I did the stats courses, most of them used a stats program and calculator. You could do it by hand but it'd be ridiculous and wasted effort. I'm not sure which stats programs you'll use because some require more programming knowledge, such as MATLAB, Maple, Mathematica and Gauss. These programs will require you to know Java and C/C++.

Lastly, you're going to learn a variety of computer programming languages. Generally, you'll learn a really easy one, such as HTML, then progress to something like Python (fairly new). Later on, you'll learn the main languages such as Java (which is actually pretty fun to code in, doing some right now), C/C++, and to things like shell scripting (i.e. Windows PowerShell). You may also learn about different malwares and anti-malware programs, which I find to be really interesting and is a huge area.

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