Beginner Question : Please help

Hi all,

 Iam a fresher and I hold a Masters in Software Engineering. Iam very interested in crptography and security and have written some security algorithms. Iam workig as a Flash Programmer with a big MNC in India Iam planning to switch domain to security after some time. Can someone suggest me what is the job profile of a security person , the pay scale and what are the big names in the industry which would take freshers like me to work on security algorithms , mainly R&D. Some mail id's would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

PN: I would like this question to remain open for sometime so that I get the ideas of more experts.

Thanks,
KP
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krishnaprathabAsked:
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Level10AccessConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hey,

Welcome to the Security World!!!

Well to start off, heres a list of Security Jobs and their description w/ Salaries:
http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/layoutscripts/swzl_advancesearch.asp?searchfor=salary&searchtext=security&origin=secheader&altername=security&Action=Go

Some certifications you might want to look at would be the CompTIA's Security+ and the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).

You said you were interested in cryptography, so maybe you should look for some sort or Algorithmic type position. Its really all about what the employer is looking for.

Any questions, feel free to ask
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eyecre8Commented:
Check the NSA's website. They are greatly interested in Talented Cryptographers

WWW.NSA.GOV
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krishnaprathabAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot Level10Access and eyecre8, can you tell me some more sources and websites where I can find a possible job for research and if somone from India tells me companies in India it would be great.

PN: I will distribute the points to all of you.
Thanks,
kp
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eyecre8Commented:
Most companies I know that are looking for cryptographers are Government related.

Try the following sites:

www.USAjobs.gov.

You can also try:  www.clearancejobs.com

Once you sign up there, you can see a list of many other government contractors,
and then go to their sites to register/submit a resume.

Good luck
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skyflash_deCommented:

A master in software engineering is not sufficient to start writing cryptographic algorithms.
I can't say how deep you are into mathematics from your post, but cryptographers are usually
mathematicians that can program and not programmers that can do math.

That doesn't mean you can't become a cryptographer, I just say that so you can think about it
yourself, you will know best where you are standing in the large scheme of things. :P

Maybe you should leave out that Flash programmer thing in your resume though. :P

Other than that, there are lots of jobs in the security world and I am sure you will find something...
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