Awesome New Infosec Class
The University of Washington’s School of Computing and Engineering is offering a new course on how to think like a security professional. The class looks very cool, but look at the requirements:
Um, how many people do you know at the very TOP of infosec who:
is comfortable writing programs in C and Java from scratch, and
is comfortable writing and debugging assembler, and
is comfortable coding in UNIX using gdb, gcc, etc.
I mean like Bejtlich, Gula, Ranum, Roech, Parker, etc. Do they even qualify? If so, how many of them? I understand that most people at some point could do this — even me to some degree. But damn, not anymore. I think most people learn assembler, Java, etc. and that stuff quickly atrophies unless it’s part of your daily work.
Oh, and that’s just to get in to the class… You should see the final. 🙂
Anyway, I’m being silly. But the class does sound like it’d be cool. There’s even a course blog.