An Insider's Look into the Field of Information Security

Information Security is a field in which you defend and protect information from unauthorized access, disruption, modification or unwanted destruction of data.

During a recent trip to CompTIA – the headquarters of the IT Industry Association – we caught up with David Schwartzberg, a computer information security system professional (CISSP) at Barracuda Networks.

Schwartzberg touched on the world of information security and explained how students can find an IT career by following three of his top tips on getting started in the field.

1. Earn a solid education

Education in all of the information technology disciplines such as hardware, software, networking and others will assist in understanding the core domains of information security.

2. Get hands-on practical experience

Earning practical experience in labs with tools to help discover security risks, as well as, reduce and manage the risks, will help promote familiarity within the field.

3. Get involved

Get involved with your local security community and attend conferences. Speak with individuals in the information security field as it can raise your level of expertise and provide access to open employment positions.


Involvement in the field can also include earning certifications such as Schwartzberg’s, CISSP certification. The certification leverages those professionals who pass the exam and are already working in the information security field. Those who have between 3-5 years in the information security field can look forward to taking this exam.

If you’re in that experience bracket looking to obtain this certification, you should know that the exam covers ten different areas of information security questions – a few of them include cryptography and security management practices.

If you’re not quite ready to leap into taking this certificate exam, but are looking for more information on the world of information security, be sure to check out why we need network security leaders to protect us online.

Rasmussen College recognizes the significance of working on your education, earning practical experience and earning certifications along the way to qualify you as an important member of an IT team. Check out the video to learn more about the field of information security and what you can do to propel yourself into a career in the field.



Kendall Bird

Kendall is a Social Media Strategist at Collegis Education who is focused on bringing awareness and engagement to Rasmussen College's social media properties. She is passionate about helping others, the power of education and building strategies that put the needs of students first. 


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