It’s official: I’m back in school… community college, that is. The reason? I’ve decided to go for an Associate’s degree in information security.
For those of you with little knowledge of computer terminology, information security is a broad term encompassing a spectrum of careers, including computer forensics, malware analyzer, network security engineer, and system penetration tester. There is a large demand in this field, created by networks getting larger and more complex, and hackers getting smarter.
Part of the reason I wanted to do this is because an Associate’s degree is all that’s needed to break into the field, unlike other careers which can require advanced degrees (in the world of tech jobs, certifications for individual systems are more important than degrees).
But the biggest reason I want to do this is because it is something I enjoy. There’s that old saying, “Do something you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” Computers aren’t just a hobby of mine, they are a passion–a passion that I can turn into paychecks.