I'm a student aspiring to pursue a career in the field of cyber security. I'm studying computer science but am very new to the actual industry world.
I've recently signed up for an academy that offers classes and told my mentor that I want to go into security. He told me to take courses regarding networks, operating systems (Linux, Windows, etc.), and then I could go into specific fields (e.g. reverse engineering, web hacking, etc.) He also told me it's highly recommended to get a CCNP certificate on the way if I can. He also added that it might take awhile to get the basics down before going into the actual stuff.
I was just wondering if it's imperative that a cyber security specialist have a deep and strong understanding of networks and OS?