Information is a wonderful thing these days. Part of that is because we are living in the middle of the information age society. Information has actual value these days and you need to make sure that you are able to keep up with everyone else when it comes to it. This is even more important if you work in the field of computer security. If you are not keeping up with both the other people in your field and the bad guys that you are going against then you will find yourself out of a job very soon. If you are not ready to put in study when you are in the computer security field then you should really go find yourself another job. This field is always changing and you will not be able to keep up with only what you learned in school.
When it comes to computer security there are several places that you can get information from. With the internet and all of the computer security books around it is hard for someone in the industry to claim that they do not know where to look. All you have to do is check for a few minutes and you are able to get started. That is great if you want the basics but you are going to have to try a little harder if you want more advance information that you can use while you are at work.
First of all, you have to separate the information that you need to consume into two different categories. One of the categories is information that is general computer security knowledge. This type of information will be found in the books that you can buy from the bookstore and on websites like Amazon. This is great for getting started and also advancing your skills. But you also need to be able to keep up with the day to day stuff.
To be able to keep up with the day to day stuff you need to visit security blogs, security forums, and different vendor’s computer security bulletin boards. A computer security bulletin board is a place that either a software vendor like Microsoft or Apple, or a security vendor like McAfee will post newly found or newly patched security threats. Both the good guys and the bad guys go to boards like this so that they can see what the latest threats out there are. The bad guys look to be able to use the newly found threats in their own attacks and the good guys look for ways to be able to stop them. It is a necessary circle because before we had these boards; people would not be ready for the threats that were out there and they would be taken by surprise when they did happen. Now we have everything sitting right out in the open for everyone to see.
It is not enough these days just to be able to read a few books and go to a security school and think that you know everything that you will ever need to know to be able to do your job effectively. The job of someone who is in computer security is to always be on alert and to always be ready for the next threat. To do that you always have to be on the lookout for new information that might lead to a threat to your system.