Oni Posted July 17, 2009 Share Posted July 17, 2009 Hi all. I wanted to get some opinions on this as I suspect I might have the wrong ideas. I love the show and the kinds of things you guys get up to are awesome. I get into similar things here in the UK and I'm ina current state of "rediscovering" my technolust. I've begun to get more involved with Crypto, security and what not and I'm wondering what penetration testing and forensics is like? The reason I ask is I'm looking at working in these areas in the future. Im not the kind of guy who can sit behind a desk all day and program. I've tried it and for some reason, the motivation isn't really there at all. I have two degrees in computer science(perhaps stupidly) and cant seem to sit down to it, except if I'm working on anything computer graphics or hacking related. Both are quite creative and have lots of the lateral thinking and a touch of naughtiness to them that is quite appealing. I read Mubix's webpage and was really psyked by the Marines thing. I'm in the UK and trained with the RAF about 5 years ago and quite enjoyed it BUT i felt it clashed a lot with my Geek-side. It was cool to see that being a rough and tumble action hero and a network security geek can indeed go hand in hand. Sadly, in the UK, such a career move doesnt really exist save for perhaps some of the scarier government branches (though where I live, in Leeds, West Yorkshire Police apparently has a cyber crime unit). I thought briefly about taking a course or similar. I spoke with my colleagues at Leeds Uni who basically said what I knew all along; "Don't bother, its a money spinner for Students with more cash than passion" which seems to be the case. I'm having a lot of fun at the moment but there is the issue of not getting quite involved enough. I look at Milworm and some of the other sites and get all sleepy.... whereas Hak5 has that more "yeah, lets try that and maybe add our own twist" so I get the feeling it'd be a good area to really push myself with (as at the moment, teaching undergrads how to program in Python and Java can be a bit dry). I suspect its simply a case of doing more of what I do at the moment, reading stuff and trying stuff. I looked at CREST and TIGER but I'm told these arent so good. So... is it loads of fun being a penetration tester or forensics /security bod and if so, whats the best way to get some experience that is recognised (I figured going to cons with other hacker type and learning that way would be good but sadly, DEFCON clashes with Sonisphere this year and I cant find any UK ones :( ) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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