I am a junior at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn., majoring in IT. I am very interested in the security field and would like to gain experience in it before I graduate. However, Duquesne does not offer any classes or programs that deal with IT security. Many other schools in my area do not offer classes or programs either. What can I do to get experience or knowledge in security so that I can pursue my interests later in life?
One of the premier computer science programs in the country is offered in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). It offers classes in information security topics at both graduate and undergraduate levels. There are also numerous institutions, including Capella University and University of Phoenix Online, that offer e-instruction on information security topics.
Here's what I suggest that you do to try to pursue this through Duquense:
Given that Pittsburgh is something of a "high-tech town," I'd also urge you to identify companies or consultancies in the area that specialize in infosec, and see about finding some work (volunteer or unpaid, if necessary) to help you get some real-world experience.
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