It would sure make things simple if there were one easy and obvious way to get a job or start a successful business in IT security. But it would also cut off a lot of potential career paths. We spoke to a host of different IT security pros and found that indeed there wasn’t just one route to that coveted job. “There are very few formal paths into security,” says Justin Collins, an application security engineer at SurveyMonkey. “Everyone has a different story and oftentimes people just ‘fall into’ it.” Still, we think folks just starting their careers can benefit from seeing the trails blazed before them. We can’t provide every detail about the career paths of the security pros we talked to, but we tried to pick out individual anecdotes or details that illuminate how a career can be built.
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