So while the demand - and the dollars - may be an attraction to the security field, it shouldn't be the only driver. On the positive side, the security profession is a great place to be part of a community, Bellanger says, especially compared with the software development world. "Security practitioners are an amazing, close-knit community that works well together," he says.
In some ways, you'll know if security is for you if you're the kind of person who has the desire to understand how things work, or how to break - and then - fix them, Combs says. "There are a disproportionate number of artists, musicians, creative people and asymmetrical thinkers who've come into field," he says. "It really comes down to personal desire and an interest in understanding what's underneath the surface and not accepting things at face value."
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