8 Ways To Jumpstart Your IT Security Career

IT pros have several avenues for gaining security knowledge and training.

If there is one job role within enterprise IT that has the least clear-cut education path, it's security. Many information security professionals in high-level technical roles today simply ended up in security jobs after years of being experts in other areas of IT such as server administration or network architecture. But there are many paths to an IT security career outside of just falling into the profession.

In this slideshow, we'll look at eight different ways to gain an education in the field of IT security. Keep in mind that IT security spans a wide spectrum of technologies, so some training methods are better for reaching a specific security skillset compared to others. For example, if your goal is to become an expert in application security, your education path will differ from someone who is interested in network security. So it's important to consider what areas of information security most interest you before diving into a certification or training program.

At the same time, one of the best ways to become adept in the field of information security is to take on the education process from multiple angles. By doing so, you achieve different perspectives on similar topics so you can truly be an expert and advance your IT security career.

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About the Author(s)

Andrew Froehlich, President, West Gate Networks

President, West Gate Networks

As a highly experienced network architect and trusted IT consultant with worldwide contacts, particularly in the United States and Southeast Asia, Andrew Froehlich has nearly two decades of experience and possesses multiple industry certifications in the field of enterprise networking. Froehlich has participated in the design and maintenance of networks for State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, Chicago-area schools and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is the founder and president of Loveland, Colo.-based West Gate Networks, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and data center build outs. The author of two Cisco certification study guides published by Sybex, he is a regular contributor to multiple enterprise IT related websites and trade journals with insights into rapidly changing developments in the IT industry.

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