Spawned by the Network Diagram Thread (because some of us actually got to see just how well others are doing) and the consistency of questions regarding certs, schooling, etc. I figured it might be informative/interesting to see how everyone got to where they are in the industry. Might also preemptively answer some questions in the process. Although i dont feel my work history is all that impressive, ill begin Grad HS '98 and somehow had enough knowledge to do Tech Support for MS95. 4 months later was hired by Intel for a QA position. Did nothing on the side at this point but party and game (smart move i know). When my 18 month contract at Intel was up i had saved enough money to go to college. The next 4 years were spent earning a CIS degree at a nearby state university (again not MIT but a degree is a degree). Am now BACK at Intel, doing what i did before i went to school. Only now im studying on the side in hopes of moving towards a Penetration Testing postion. Currently reading several books (subjects: Security+ -=probably not going for the cert anytime soon tho=- ; Honeynet; BSD Administration; Exploitation). Not exactly sure what else/ where else to go from here tho.