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Being a PC/IT Security Professional

  1. Dec 16, 2017 #1
    How much time does being a PC security professional require in general or at least? Is it possible to be a PC/IT security professional by only watching training videos? We learn maths via solving examples on paper how can a security professional student his or her topics? Are white-hat hackers and security professionals exactly the same?

    Thank you.
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  3. Dec 16, 2017 #2
    It's like any other job and determined by the employer.

    Getting a job and being qualified for it are two different things. In general your answer is no.

    Most have backgrounds in computer science, networking and information systems.

    How can they be exactly the same when they have different titles? :wink:
  4. Dec 16, 2017 #3
    I did not ask about how much they earn I ask about how many years or how much time does it require to become one of them from almost zero level?

    Would explain the difference basically?

    Ethical hacker or white hat hacker might have been a kind of IT/PC security professional how doctor and physician exactly the same even the names are different.

    Thank you.
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  5. Dec 16, 2017 #4
    There are some 2 year programs that may allow you to get hired in an entry level position. You question doesn't have a concrete answer. It all depends on the specific job you want. Look at job listings and find out the requirements.

    What? I wouldn't hire anyone who only watched training videos. Would you?

    What? Hackers and security professionals would have some similar skill sets. I don't know what else to say.
  6. Dec 16, 2017 #5


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    It's like any other profession I think. It takes lots of instruction and it also requires maintenance time. Right now, I'm in the middle of 50 hours of refresher training for my Security + recertification that's required every 3 years.
  7. Dec 16, 2017 #6


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    I am a doctor. I am not a physician.
  8. Dec 16, 2017 #7


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    LOL. Like he doesn't already have enough trouble understanding stuff... :wink:
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