Materials for preparing to join our industry
There’s a ton of materials available on how to get started in infosec; that’s why we put together this guide.
We recognize that everybody’s path is different, but we hope to share some key fundamentals to be successful.
These are the things we wish we would have heard when we were getting started.
Take a look, take your time, and enjoy the journey.
In this field you will never stop learning.
Learn how to learn
Information Security is a field where you are regularly asked to learn new skills quickly, choose a speciality, and ultimately master numerous skills. Learn how to do that effectively and realize that you will use every bit of what you learn for decades to come, so learn it well and be curious.
You may even consider a Ph.D., which is a wonderful journey. Before doing so, we suggest reviewing The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.
Learn to code with Python or some other language. It doesn’t really matter which you pick, just get started! Think up an idea and make it reality. Oh yeah, and try running it in a container.
There are a lot of suggestions on how to get started in infosec. Don’t get lost in it all, just keep asking questions.
Pick up some magazines (these too!) and engross yourself in the field. Remember, not everything you learn has to be strictly security. Feel like you’re in over your head? That’s normal! Just keep learning and you’ll get there.
Eventually you’ll want to get hired, but before you do, read this. Not sure what your job options are? Learn more with these InfoSec career profiles.
Ok, now let’s ignite that competitive spirit a bit.
Participate in CMU’s yearly Capture The Flag (CTF) competition for hackers, PicoCTF. They provide a fun, safe environment to put your skills to the test.
Want something more year-round? Check out Hack The Box, and follow along with ippSec as they break into systems again and again. Or try your hand at bug bounties by working with HackerOne and BugCrowd.