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So you want to be a cyber-security analyst

I want to throw out there, that I am by no means the defining expert in my field. I've got ~10 Years of Experience in what the CISSP considers qualifying fields. I have approximately two years of experience in physical security, four years in cybersecurity, and around ten years in IT. So you can take everything I'm about to say with a grain of salt. I wanted to address a common theme that I'm seeing come out of new individuals in the field.
I've had a lot of people come up to me as of recent telling me that they are pursuing their degree in cybersecurity. I suppose this struck me as odd? I don't mean to be dismissive of someone who's willing to hoof it through 4 years of college. It strikes me as odd that anyone could go through 4 years of college and have the skills required for this field. 
I've worked with a lot of different folks who are chasing their careers in IT. Right now cybersecurity is the big thing; because let's face it, we're good at …
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