>>>>> "Mark" == Mark Teicher <mht @
Mark> As the subject states: How long does it take to become a
Mark> firewall or internet security expert???
I've been at it for about 10 years. About 7 or 8 of that being in
hardcore, hack-till-I-drop, consume every book in sight, Just-Do-It
Six weeks is probably enough time to just begin to get an
understanding of the magnitude of what you're dealing with, and an
extremely shallow overview of security and firewalls. This is
assuming that someone has a computer science or other technical
background, but nothing specifically security-related. In so doing,
we've already blown the six-week timeframe.
One must have the aptitude, drive, determination, intelligence, and
imagination to really achieve the status of "expert," especially for
something as hairy and abstract as security. Some people have all of
these things, but just not the right mindset or the ability to view
problems in the bizarre way that one must in order to effectively deal
with security issues.
The only way to really get good is to Just Do It, don't be in a hurry,
and don't worry about whether you're an expert yet. Do it because you
love it. If you don't love it, you'll probably never get to the
"expert" stage. After a few years of doing that, being an expert
might just happen... Then again, it might not.
Matt Curtin Chief Scientist Megasoft Online cmcurtin @
http://www.research.megasoft.com/people/cmcurtin/ I speak only for myself
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