So, I'm currently 16 and am considering a career in IT when I finish school. The thing that has intrigued me the most while growing up is malware. I've come across it so often and have often had to clean it up for family and friends (I also did it temporarily at a PC store I worked at).
Sometimes I reverse engineer malware that are coded in a .NET language that might be obfuscated and require manual IL code analysis. I like a bit of a challenge and I find reverse engineering "fun". I also have some knowledge in x86 assembly and code primarily in C++ and C#.
I was actually a part of one of the UNITE training programs for a period time but decided to drop it because I was more interested in pulling malware apart rather then diagnosing and performing cleanup from logs.
Anyway, I'm not sure where exactly to go about becoming a malware analyst but I know that I will probably need a degree in Computer Science. The thing that I noticed most of the "Malware Analyst" positions I looked up online required some previous experience as a mawlare analyst and I was wondering what other jobs would you'd probably need to have for this "previous experience". Lately, I've been really thinking about and I could see myself working at an anti-virus company in the future.
Perhaps someone who is knowledgable about this could shed some light? Also, if it makes a difference, I live in Australia (I know that many anti-virus companies are based in the US or Europe).