I would like to be a malware analyst. Now I am a Java Developer but for a long time I have been interested in security, especially in malware analysis. I would like to know how this job looks like?

I know I should have a RE skills and know assembly language and C/C++. But how it all work together in everyday job? What should I learn at most to start work in this area of computer science?

Will I develop and create new programs or this job is focused only on RE and no programming skills will be needed? I think I will need at least create some tools which help me in analyzing, am I right? What are other skills needed for this job and is this job connected with normal programmer job?

Thanks for your answers.


I would probably start at the beginning maleware analyst is a pretty specific role, and being your just getting started its possible you would fit or enjoy another role better.

I would start at some certs get the following certifications (pretty much in this order)

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • EcCouncil Certified Ethical Hacker

Then maybe go the way of Offensive-Security (http://www.offensive-security.com) and chase down the OSCP, OSCE or OSEE

  • Can you explain more about this job? Is it a programmer job or more as a "detective" etc.? Why you said "you would fit or enjoy another role better"? – allocer Jan 12 '17 at 21:23
  • well in reality you are wanting an information security job - there are many many roles in the information security field.... So i would start with the certs and wade into the waters and get a feel for the field in general. – John Little Jan 12 '17 at 21:35
  • It is NOT as straight forward as development jobs – John Little Jan 12 '17 at 21:35
  • Ok, I understand. But I asked for a malware analyst role. I would like to know how daily work looks like. – allocer Jan 12 '17 at 21:40
  • Technical Analyst is a job that is defined by the fact that you need to understand other engineer's work. There is no "daily routine" for such jobs, and you can't directly qualify, you need to build experience. You lack that, I'm afraid, as John tried to more politely say. It's not a job goal you can directly chase from your position. Get to know security. Maybe you don't think this is an interesting job afterwards. – Marcus Müller Jan 12 '17 at 22:51

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