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What to major in?

Computer forensics training and education issues. If you are looking for topic suggestions for your project, thesis or dissertation please post here rather than the general discussion forum.
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What to major in?

Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 11:39 am

Greetings all,

I'm in the process of helping a friend transition from High School to a information technology program. She is interested in cyber security and digital forensics. Would you recommend she go through a solid computer science program or go for one of these specialty degrees such as cyber security or digital forensics?

TLDR: Best undergrad major for aspiring Digital Forensic Analyst?

Thanks for the input!

-David  

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Re: What to major in?

Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:43 pm

I recommend the CS degree; it will give your friend the most options. I think the value of an information security degree is limited without some experience in IT/security.  

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Re: What to major in?

Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:11 pm

I'd like to add that it really makes sense for people to study what they are interested in. If your friend finds that she doesn't like programming or is more interested in hardware, a move to computer engineering could make sense. If she doesn't like math (most CS programs require 3-5 math classes starting with Calculus I), an IT program with a focus on network and system administration might be better. If she decides that a dedicated information security program is her heart's desire, she should develop some system administration/network skills early and try to get a job, even a part-time job at the university, where she can put those skills to work.

Why isn't your friend asking herself?  

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