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#1 HyZaret

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 05:13 AM

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 Information Technology Security.

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.

#2 Blake

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 01:16 PM

That is a very nice list. hopefully someone who is more familiar with Your local education system will be able to help you out.

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 03:01 PM

Sounds like you are way ahead of many folks already. You have the basic areas covered to be a good hacker and looks like you are on the right track of things to learn.

The real question is what do you want to do for a living? Probably too early for that one :)
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#4 HyZaret

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 03:18 PM

That is a very nice list.


Thanks

hopefully someone who is more familiar with Your local education system will be able to help you out.

I certainly hope so! Are there any Australian's on this board? (apart from me!)

Sounds like you are way ahead of many folks already. You have the basic areas covered to be a good hacker and looks like you are on the right track of things to learn.

The real question is what do you want to do for a living? Probably too early for that one :)


Thanks! Glad to hear it! B)

Also, not sure if I should create a new topic for this, as it is semi-offtopic, BUT: Which of the following degrees should I apply to?

- 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...

So please tell me your opinions on this matter!

Thank you,

Hy Zaret

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 08:41 AM

I certainly hope so! Are there any Australian's on this board? (apart from me!)

Australia has a history of producing a few great hackers ;)

Also, not sure if I should create a new topic for this, as it is semi-offtopic, BUT: Which of the following degrees should I apply to?

- 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.


I'm actually a bad programmer myself, but don't let that hold you back. the point in programming is not what the program does or doesn't, but what you learn from it. The best way to understand systems is to program them..

as for your degree, I can not comment on the actual contents (could be a lot different from what we have here in Belgium)

- The Bachelor of Science (Business Information Technology) > would be more ERP systems, like SAP + ABAP (lots of money to make here, thinking about buying an ABAP book myself)
- - The Bachelor of Computing (Networks) > would be Networking, Cisco, Cisco and Cisco I think knowing your networking basics is crucial, but don't stare yourselfs blind at it. If you become the local Cisco guy, be prepared to be on call anytime all the time. + if you want to go in security you need to know systems, networking is just how to connect them all..
- The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems > this looks like the one for you imho

I don't have many degrees, but have experience in electronics, operating systems and a lot of different programming/scripting languages. think that's why my programming is so bad > I've used so many syntaxes that I can not possibly remember how to work in this or that particular language..
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#6 HyZaret

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 05:59 AM

We have a history of great hackers in Australia?

Awesome! B)

Doesn't look like I can get into Computer Science, however I can do a Major in Security with the Bachelor of Computing, so I'll apply to that (as my first choice).

If you, or anyone else, has anymore advice for me, please don't hesitate to share your knowledge!

Thank you,

Hy Zaret

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 08:12 AM

That is indeed very nice list, it is really important to aim and to write a list of what you aim for so you can really achieve this knowledge.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 09:36 PM

I must say you have very good knowledge and desire as well. I would also like to share my list here:

I know following techniques and languages:

C
C++
Java
PHP
Joomla
Asp.net
VB.net
C#
HTML
XML

And right now I am pursuing CCNA... :)