To get a IT degree or not

To get a IT degree or not

So should you get a IT degree to pursue a career in information or cyber security?

 

This question comes up often and I will tell give you my personal opinion here.  As someone who has an advanced degree I am qualified to answer this question. From what I have seen working in the Information security field, Some employers like to see degrees and some employers do not put that much weight behind having a college degree. 

I would say that government agencies put a lot more weight behind having a degree when compared to private sectors organizations. Government agencies uses your education level to determine which jobs you are qualified to apply for. 

I am all for getting education but do not break the bank to get it. I would say that it’s a great idea to get a IT degree either in Information technology or computer science. A degree in computer science come lead to multiple career paths in the Information or cyber security field. 

If you decide to pursue a IT degree, I would start with a 2 year degree from a local community college first in order to save money. If you desire a 4 yr degree I would say look in state for a program and pursue it. There is no need to pursue a IT degree at a for profit college and rack a ton of student loan debt. 

There is my opinion on the topic of whether or not to pursue a IT degree to pursue a career in the information or cyber security field. 


Cyber Threat Intelligence

Cyber Threat Intelligence


Cyber Intelligence is very important!

 


 

Why is cyber intelligence important to companies?

 

Cyber threat intelligence helps organizations by giving them insights into the mechanisms and implications of threats, allowing them to build defense strategies and frameworks, and reduce their attack surface with the end goals of mitigating harm and protecting their network.

The main goal of cyber intelligence is to provide organizations a better understanding of what’s happening outside their network, giving them a better understanding of current cyber threats that threaten to cause their businesses harm. 

Organizations that do not use cyber intelligence are more likely to be breached by a unknown source. Here are some cyber intellgence resources that companies can utilize to keep them better informed. 

1)  Department of Homeland Security: Automated Indicator Sharing

2) FBI: InfraGard Portal 

3) SANS: Internet Storm Center

4) VirusTotal

5) Cisco: Talos Intelligence

There are many more sources out there but these will get you started.