When you are someone who is interested in getting into computer security it can seem like there is a big hill that you have to climb. When you look around the industry and you hear people talk it seems as if they know a lot more information than you do and you will never be able to catch up. And the truth of the matter is that they do know a lot more information than you do at this time. But in regards to being able to catch up, that is all up to you. Most of the people who have been in the industry for a long time start to have families and other responsibilities. They do not have the time or the will to sacrifice time to give themselves the latest information. You can always go back and look up past information that you need to know but the truth of the matter is that computer security is always changing and you can beat the other guys by staying up on the latest developments.
That is why you want to learn as much about computers as you can. And do not worry about overkill because believe me, as much as you try to learn the more you will realize that you still have a lot to go. No one knows everything about computers because there are a lot of layers that you have to peel off. A computer is not like the microwave in your kitchen. The microwave in your kitchen is very limited in the amount of things that it can do. When it comes to your computer there is very little limit when it comes to what it can do. And that is why you will never be able to learn the entire system. You will never know everything because there is just too much inside the modern computer for one person to be able to master.
But when you are working in computer security there is a good chance that you will be working in one particular part of the field. So you can start to learn all about the computer from that angle and then work your way around the rest of the system as much as you can. For example if your job is trying to secure the network in your office then you can start by understanding how networks work. You can see how programmers and the operating system API interact with the network. This will allow you to be able to stop the bad guys a little bit more easily because you know what they are doing.
Or if you are working in computer security when it comes to what programs the employees at your office are allowed to use then you can go a little bit deeper in the field by learning what the language the programs are made of and what computer security problems do those languages have. This will allow you to be able to get under the hood a little more and help you decide which programs you are going to pick in regards to safety.
Overall as we said earlier in the article, it never hurts to be on the lookout for more knowledge when you want to get into the computer security field. If you are a person who does not like to learn then you will always be on the outside looking in when it comes to this highly competitive field.