In the technology industry, coding is a significant skill to have. Simply because technology runs on code and if you understand what is happening at the most basic level, you can more fully utilize your tools. And if you really think about it, every piece of software, really everything on your computer is a piece of code. In the security world, learning to code is of the utmost importance in my mind because attackers leverage coding errors for attacks and we must monitor behaviors a low level to successfully detect the adversary. All these can better be understood with solid programming skills.
Many people get into cyber security because they look at the dollar signs $ and think “yup this is the way to make some money”. And that’s cool. However, if you are reading this, I am hoping you are thinking “this sounds like a good time”. To me there are two types of people in this career: the 9 to 5ers and those who dive into cyber security (information security) as a lifestyle. If you are going to be spending at least 40 hours a week doing something you may as well enjoy it.