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By jwjw67 ·
Hello,

Just thought I would gather some information from you all. I am in the process of changing career paths right now. I have been involved the past 3 years with physical security and a little bit of IT security/troubleshooting. I have a bachelor's degree in Marketing with a Computer Science minor. I would say I am not an idiot when it comes to IT related things, but at the same time I am no way near what it would take to Manage a full on IT Security team.

I am looking at going back to school and getting perhaps an MBA with a focus on IT security. So my first question would be, what online schools do you all, IT professionals, find the most credible?

Also, if I were to just focus my efforts on obtaining certificates as opposed to a Master's degree, how credible would this be and how would it impact potential employers?

What path would you all recommend? Thanks in advance!

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RE:Getting Into IT Security Management

by patbert In reply to Getting Into IT Security ...

Whether it is managemnt or a technical security career will will want to get at least one certification. The one I would reccomend is CISSP. I have a Matsers Degree in Technology from ECU in 2002(all online). Today they also have a Information Security Masters. You will need to check the www.isc2.org web site and make sure you meet the requirements for the exam. If this is something you decide you want to do then I can give you a study plan that will help you begin your studies. I have CISSP (2001) and CISM (2004)and a Masters all were well worth every minute and every dollar I spent.

Pat M. (email patbert@earthlink.net)

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