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Comment: Do you have funding? (Score 2) 205

by the_B0fh (#49235905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot - Breaking Into Penetration Testing At 30

If you do, take SANS 560. It's a good start, helps provide a framework, and fills in gaps in your knowledge.

If you don't have funding, why bother (for your company - since you'll be making them more money).

However, I'd recommend doing it on your own - learning is always good. But if your company won't fund your education, you shouldn't put in all that work to do it for them. If they will let you learn on company time, then, that's a different discussion (but that means part of your 40 hours will be dedicated to learning and breaking shit). And it will take months to get up to speed, since you won't have a mentor to help point things out to you.

Ethical Hacker and all those other cheap certs are worthless. Books can be useful, but again, sometimes you need someone to point out the pitfalls, etc.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.

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