Ever since I was a kid, I've always found malware interesting. I enjoyed analyzing pieces of malware and eliminating common threats for people. I loved analyzing the intricate or sometimes silly viruses and such in a virtual machine.
Fast forward, I'm now 19 and a college student and still haven't learned much in cyber security since I don't know where to begin or how to learn better.
I've never truly looked into how and where to begin if I want to make this my job. Recently, I was inspired by a TED speech by Marcin Kleczynski (Chief Executive Officer of Malwarebytes) where he had basically said something along the lines of "there are too few people in the cyber security industry" and
...If I leave here having convinced just one of you to join the fight in cyber security, I’ve done my job...
The recent WannaCrypt ransomware outbreak also made me want to learn more and fight for it.
At the moment, I only have few basic knowledge for assembly code, networking. Programming-wise, I have only been developing C# applications in my free time.
Edit: The original post was named "Cybersecurity Research: Where do I begin?" After some thoughts, I realized that the topic was perhaps too broad. I'd say I want to get into exploits research, hoping to get exploits patched before anyone could abuse it.
I've seen some posts suggesting that a degree in CS would be crucial; however, seeing that most of the CS majors here don't teach much useful, and the degree is usually quite expensive, I'd rather try to learn everything myself.