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    Online IT degree recommendations?

    I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to post this, so if I've made a mistake perhaps the mods can move the thread to wherever is more appropriate.

    I've been considering a career change. I'm not sure how much, but I want to learn more about digital forensics. To that end, I'm interested in pursuing certifications or degrees associated with digital forensics (like Information Security, Cybersecurity, even networking, etc.). Essentially I want to get some training in related IT areas because I have no real formal training (was a computer science major for a while but didn't pursue it too far).

    I know we have some current and former IT professionals on Tweb, so I thought I'd seek some input. I'm looking for online only certificate programs or degree programs (2-year preferred because I'm not sure how much money I'm willing to put into this venture just yet). So...ideas, anyone?
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    Good luck!

    I don't know any programs I can recommend, but I will insert a caution. Again and again, I've seen for-profit online programs that are barely above scams, and some that are less than that. Accreditation scams are especially common. Please don't put money down without posting the program you're considering here so I can check it out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lao tzu View Post
    Good luck!

    I don't know any programs I can recommend, but I will insert a caution. Again and again, I've seen for-profit online programs that are barely above scams, and some that are less than that. Accreditation scams are especially common. Please don't put money down without posting the program you're considering here so I can check it out for you.
    Here's an example of a clear scam.

    http://www.thebestcolleges.org/ranki...gy-it-degrees/

    At a glance, none of these schools are advertised as regionally accredited, making me immediately suspicious of these rankings. Looking further ...

    *The schools listed above are sponsored. Sponsored school listings are distinct paid advertisements and are clearly marked with a “SPONSORED” or “FEATURED” tag to distinguish them from editorially ranked schools. Learn more about how rank schools or contact us with questions.

    Looking back, none of the recommended schools are "clearly marked with a “SPONSORED” or “FEATURED” tag," but in the tiny print above the list, there it is, "FEATURED COLLEGES."

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    A true Computer IT guy would be able to hack the college and give himself a degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myth View Post
    I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to post this, so if I've made a mistake perhaps the mods can move the thread to wherever is more appropriate.

    I've been considering a career change. I'm not sure how much, but I want to learn more about digital forensics. To that end, I'm interested in pursuing certifications or degrees associated with digital forensics (like Information Security, Cybersecurity, even networking, etc.). Essentially I want to get some training in related IT areas because I have no real formal training (was a computer science major for a while but didn't pursue it too far).

    I know we have some current and former IT professionals on Tweb, so I thought I'd seek some input. I'm looking for online only certificate programs or degree programs (2-year preferred because I'm not sure how much money I'm willing to put into this venture just yet). So...ideas, anyone?
    Hmmmm... I started my IT career back in the early 80's by reading PC Magazine and PC World cover to cover, building clones, and playing with computers. I got a hold of a copy of Ashton Tate dBase, and started putting together a membership program for my Church, as - in those days - you really couldn't buy "off the shelf" stuff for less than thousands of dollars, and they came with a live-in programmer.

    Some of my buddies had Computer Science degrees, but when they got stuck on a server problem (Novell, back in those days) I was the one they came to to bail them out.

    Since then, I managed to get certifications in CCNA and other areas, but no other formal education in computers.

    I really don't know of a legit online-only IT program.

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    I am old enough that when I got into IT there really wasn't much in the way of IT college degree courses out there. Like me, most IT guys were self-taught or went to technical schools.

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    Usually if you have something like Microsoft Certification or Comptia A+ that is good enough for most firms. I think IT is still enough of a new field that they still look more for qualified people who know what they are doing than someone with a degree under their belt.

    But an actual degree certainly helps, especially in management positions.

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    Look for a brick and mortar not for profit college with online options. That's your best bet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Usually if you have something like Microsoft Certification or Comptia A+ that is good enough for most firms. I think IT is still enough of a new field that they still look more for qualified people who know what they are doing than someone with a degree under their belt.

    But an actual degree certainly helps, especially in management positions.
    Like Carpe and I were discussing, a certification like CCNA may help you get your foot in the door for somebody who does not know you, but "passing a test" does not mean you can do the job. Virtually all of my computer customers came from word of mouth - I did ZERO advertising - from customers who knew me and knew I was a problem solver. Eventually, one of my better clients asked me to come on full-time - no job application, interview or anything like that.

    And when I hired techs, the MS A+ was a factor, but I was actually looking for experience, not just "training" or "test taking".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    I am old enough that when I got into IT there really wasn't much in the way of IT college degree courses out there. Like me, most IT guys were self-taught or went to technical schools.
    Yeah, and the problem is that the IT field moves so fast -- by the time somebody is certified to teach IT and gets a job teaching, the technology is drastically different. A friend decided to do the "computer science" route years ago, and they were teaching MS FrontPage (are they still around?) and dBase. And a lot of programming, which isn't bad if you want to be a code writer, but I was required to write very little code in my career - when I needed code written, I hired that out.

    And, I'm trying to say this politely, but the IT field can be so lucrative, that if somebody is really good at IT, why are they teaching it instead of working it?

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