QOTD – A Bad Career Choice in Security Would Be Learning Just Vendor Tools…

IT Basics“A bad career choice in ITSec would be learning just the big vendor tools and not the basics. Worse than a script kiddie, a vendor junkie.” – @midnite_runr

I just love to use quotes like this when mentoring those new to infosec. It gets back to advice that I hear time and time again … that the best way to learn this field is to just setup your own lab and play with/hack it. In those cases you usually don’t have big vendor software to work with. Instead you start with open source software and work out from there. This learning style teaches not only that free tool but also the basics of the technology on top of which it is built. When you understand the basics, learning vendor tools is moot. It’s just a different interface built on top of the same foundation.

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8 comments for “QOTD – A Bad Career Choice in Security Would Be Learning Just Vendor Tools…

  1. April 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    QOTD: A Bad Career Choice in Security Would Be Learning Just the Big Vendor Tools… http://t.co/fiB5CnvSh7

  2. April 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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  3. April 7, 2014 at 3:59 pm

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  4. April 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

    QOTD: A Bad Career Choice in Security Would Be Learning Just the Big Vendor Tools http://t.co/idmLzXB6uA #infosec

  5. April 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    “QOTD: A Bad Career Choice in Security Would Be Learning Just the Big Vendor Tools” http://t.co/ytIhHBLP3q <- the truth

  6. April 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    QOTD: A Bad Career Choice in Security Would Be Learning Just the Big Vendor Tools http://t.co/nyg4Fwowxf #infosec

  7. June 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Best Of: QOTD – A Bad Career Choice in Security Would Be Learning Just Vendor Tools… http://t.co/0hN4T59Pfd

  8. December 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

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