By electriclove - 15 hours ago
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If you really want to learn invaluable cybersecurity skills, start playing wargames. I suggest (1) which is one of the best. If you manage to reach level 25 on your own, then you are elite and the knowledge you gained doing so is not only extremely valuable but something you can be proud of.
(Sidenote: I would hire anyone who reached vortex level 25 on the spot and pay him a six figure salary, without looking at any of his other qualifications/degrees/past experience)
Additionally, read every single phrack (2) magazine from the past 20 years and try to understand most of the material within.
insertcredit - 4 hours ago
I suspect that will be stigmatic, or is already.
If that is the case, then why waste $10K on a degree that is no more valuable than "self taught"?
Is an OMS from Georgia Tech more convincing than "I read some books and here's a good portfolio of personal projects" ? It's a hard sell.
PostOnce - 13 hours ago
I'd love if there were a CS masters that either let you apply directly or complete a specification to get automatic admission. Perhaps after completing foundational courses with a B average. That would greatly increase access and should be sufficient to weed out unprepared candidates.
jamestimmins - 11 hours ago
So on the surface the GATech offering looks superior. However, I can't help but wonder how the "at-scale" model changes that. At IA State I'm "in" rather small classes and have very ready access to the instructor by email and phone. My work is also almost all graded by the instructor directly, most courses aren't big enough for a TA to have been hired. So I feel like it's a fairly personal experience, despite my physically being several states away and watching lectures recorded. I'm working on forming a committee for my thesis this semester so I'll be conversing directly with the faculty even more.
I wonder how an "at-scale" program like this, which seems to get built more on a MOOC model, will compare. Will it feel nearly as much like receiving direct instruction from an expert, which is what I would want a graduate program to be, or will it feel more like an off-the-shelf mass produced training package? That's a big concern to me.
Edit: I also feel like it's worth noting that my program confers an MS, with either thesis or creative component at student choice. I suspect this will be viewed more favorably by employers and others than an "OMS," even with a big name on it.
jcrawfordor - 7 hours ago
Edit: from elsewhere in the thread, I understand that a degree is more usually more expensive than 10k in the USA? I guess a lot more, since this is making headlines? Is that also the typical case for online degrees?
lucb1e - 13 hours ago
Updated - [*] Core courses.
[*]Introduction to Graph Design and Theory [*]Secure Network Design, Theory and Implementation Introduction to Analog and Digital Signal Processing [*]Assembly for IA-32 and x86_64 Assembly for PowerPC, MIPS and ARM [*]C/C++ Programming for Windows, Linux and MacOS C/C++ Programming for Android, iOS and Embedded Systems [*]Python Programming [*]Advanced Python Programming [*]Automated Testing Theory and Implementation Advanced Graph Theory Introduction to Game Theory Advanced Game Theory Building Secure Scaleable Systems and Networks Building Big Data Analytics Systems [*]Automated Defense and Offensive Systems Theory and Implementation [*]Information Assurance Policy [*]Reverse Engineering Windows, Linux and MacOS Reverse Engineering Mobile Devices and Embedded Devices Reverse Engineering SCADA Systems Advanced Analog and Digital Signals Processing Cryptography for Engineers [*]Vulnerability Research Theory and Methods
If the individual could make it through the above, they would be very knowledgable, experienced and ready for many of the hard problems in the realm of cyber that employers are wanting in extremely high demand.
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