Hi all, I'm going to college right now for an Information Assurance degree. I am extremely interested in the field of computer forensics and system security. I noticed that the degree outline doesn't have many programming courses which I thought was surprising. Isn't a good foundation of programming knowledge a key component to detecting vulnerabilities within a system?
Also wondering if anyone has some suggested information/websites/etc. I should get my hands on regarding any related area to system securities. Thanks to all for your time.
Now that is a mixed question.
Yes, you do need to know quite a bit of programming for what you are wanting to do. Discovering vulnerabilities is all about checking over code (assuming you work at an organization, otherwise illegal to modify/adapt other people's code).
Within a system though? That is relatively easy, just run a vulnerability scanner? I think Norton has one for example.
If I were you, I would suggest a minor (if your college does that type of thing) in either criminology or computer law (or business law).