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Old 10-30-2013, 05:34 AM
Location: TN/NC
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Originally Posted by tay144 View Post
As far as accounting is concerned I wouldn't say that it is come easy to me. However, it is something that I have been able to do well at during the two classes I've taken so far. Career wise I would like to obtain a position where I can use my knowledge of IT security and accounting in a consulting role. I would like to develop the accounting systems, and put the correct security provisions in place.
One thing that people in this thread are either overlooking or just don't know is that an information security degree with no experience, no clearance, and no certifications is useless. Information security is a field that is usually already populated by experienced IT professionals, and many of these are ex-military with security clearances. Most information security roles, especially at the big federal contractors and the government itself, require security clearances, and the most cost-effective and efficient way to hire these people is straight from the military, where the company doesn't have to pay for the cost of the clearance and wait for it to finish.

The "gold standard" of information security certifications is the CISSP, which requires five years of directly information security experience to even sit for the exam in addition to an active CISSP vouching for your experience. A CISSP could help you down the road, but again, it's going to be hard for you to meet the exam requirements coming from accounting. There are more technical information security certifications than the CISSP that are easier to sit for (SANS Institute certs, OSCP come to mind), but these are far more technical than a consultant with an accounting background would ever need.

You could obtain a master's, your CPA, and have several years of big four experience under your belt (if you want to go this route) before you could get a CISSP and qualify for the better infosec jobs. I would go the accounting route to get established, as it's a far easier road, then pursue some of the simpler infosec certs (Security+, maybe CASP) in your spare time if you still have interest in the field.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:33 AM
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My son's college
has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency. The course content and curriculum meets the criteria established by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security. There are only a little over 100 institutions given this designation in the United States.
So there are 99 other colleges out there that will fit the bill.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by tay144 View Post
Would it be a good idea to double major in accounting and information system security? I have always had a passion for technology throughout my entire life. When I began to start taking more business-related courses I found a accounting to be intriguing. Are their ways I can combine these interests in today's job market?
I actually take back my earlier post. Accounting plus MIS is GOOD but a focus on security is unrelated. It wont hurt but they are rather separate. Id focus on one.
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