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Getting started in Anti-Virus professional community

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If at some point in my career I wanted to work in "security"....how would I get started?  I have always been curious not about writing viruses so much as the people who find them and quarantine them.  How is it done?  That kind of thing.

I am guessing to catch and kill a virus you have to know how they work...maybe even know how to write one?  Sorry, I am showing my naivete here.  :)

For example...if I wanted to help a company detect and protect against viruses....from a software development perspective....how would I get started?  I have no experience in such concepts.

What would be an "entry level" position at such a company?

What skills would a candidate be expected to have?

What if you have no experience in the field but want to break into it?


Thanks!

Tom
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by:Paul S
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i asked a similar question recently. everyone told me it was a waist of time. they said to just use the virus help that was already out there and not to spend any time trying to develop my own tools or program for fighting viruses. i too wish to understand how viruses work at a more in depth level.
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Instead of writing my own tools....I was wondering how do you "get started" in the Anti-Virus community.

What I mean is...the people that figure out how to detect and quarantine viruses....how do you become "one of them"??
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get hired by a company that is already doing the things you want to be doing.
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And how would I qualify for the job?

Seems like a highly specialized field.......am I wrong?
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i don't think you need to be highly qualified to get hired. just have a good programming background or a background in whatever field you are trying to get into (i.e. marketing, business, software deployment, security analysis, etc..) if you have what they want they will teach the rest. i think they would probably want you to be familiar with programming, security, networking, and maybe business.
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Do you know anyone here in EE who actually works for like Norton or Symantec?
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no, but i am sure at least one works for a company like that.
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