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Greetings & Salutations to all!

My name is Hy Zaret. I'm 17 years old. I've studied Information Technology (Networking) at a Technical College. I also have quite some months experience working on the 1st Level of a HelpDesk.

Basically, I'm trying to gain access to University. The reason for this is that it seems, that to be successful as an employee within the IT Industry, one either needs a lot of experience, or a degree. Same can be said for the CISSP!

In the near future, I'd like to begin a career in

Some of the skills which I have listed would be beneficial in an undergraduate degree. However, a lot of the skills I've listed will merely be incredibly helpful in my IT Security career.

To give you a better understanding of what I know, and what I'd like to know, I've created a list.

What I know;

= Operating Systems =

  • Linux
  • BSD
  • Solaris
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
  • MenuetOS
  • KolibriOS

= Programming Languages =

  • Batch
  • Very small amounts of Perl, Python & C++

= Security =

  • Security+ (everything that can teach you!)
  • General penetration-testing
  • What I learnt at Technical College
  • What I learnt from my Cisco Certifications

= Certifications =

  • CompTIA Security+
  • 3 Cisco Certifications
  • A Microsoft Certification

= Websites =

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Joomla
  • Wordpress

What I'd like to learn/achieve;

= Programming Languages =

  • Assembly
  • C
  • C++
  • .NET
  • General scripting (shell etc.)

= Security =

  • Vulnerability testing
  • Exploit/PoC creation
  • Modular (plugin) creations for various popular Security tools
  • Reverse-Engineering
  • Manual DLL Injection
  • Manual SQL Injection
  • Manually rewrite the MBR, in the same way a Bootkit does automatically
  • How to implement an advanced cryptographic technique into a piece of software
  • Edit security-tools to better suit my purpose

= Operating Systems =

  • Build Linux from scratch
  • Build a few Windows SOEs

= Mathematics =

  • Logarithm
  • Elliptic Curve
  • Vectors
  • Matrices

= Certifications =

  • STAT (probably most important for gaining entry to University)
  • CCNA
  • MCSA
  • MCSE
  • IT Degree (still deciding which one)
  • CISSP

I would very much like to get some advice on how to attain the aforementioned knowledge & accreditations.

Thank you,

Hy Zaret

BTW: My Goal is to learn/achieve everything that I've just listed within 10 years.

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I would very much like to get some advice on how to attain the aforementioned knowledge & accreditations.

Um, school would help with all of that to get started. Either go to college or a Tech School. Read everything you can get your hands on and practice, practice, practice...

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Also, this is semi-offtopic, but what are your thoughts on the following degrees?

- The Bachelor of Computer Science

- The Bachelor of Computing (Networks)

- The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

- The Bachelor of Science (Business Information Technology)

- The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

As I said before, my maths isn't up to scratch, and I'm not a good programmer.

However, the mere act of writing on this forum shows that I'm willing to learn.

Would appreciate your advice here, if you'd prefer I can put this question in another topic?

Thank you,

Hy Zaret

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Also, this is semi-offtopic, but what are your thoughts on the following degrees?

- The Bachelor of Computer Science

- The Bachelor of Computing (Networks)

- The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

- The Bachelor of Science (Business Information Technology)

- The Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

As I said before, my maths isn't up to scratch, and I'm not a good programmer.

However, the mere act of writing on this forum shows that I'm willing to learn.

Would appreciate your advice here, if you'd prefer I can put this question in another topic?

Thank you,

Hy Zaret

Dude my advice, get your hands on as much as you can. I started in IT in my 20's and you have more certs than i do which is great because with age responsibility increases and the time to learn decreases. but just like you i am into a lot of stuff and even though my degree is in networking I plan on getting a masters in Security or COmputer Forensics starting next year and now i am trying to get into cyber law enforcement with any three letter government agency that i can get into. so I don't think that it really matters what which undergrad degree you have your other qualifications and experience is what will count most. So don't sweat it pick one that seems like you would be most interested in and have fun with it while you can it becomes work vs 100% fun that you probably see it as now

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