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Growing the Security Analyst: Hiring, Training, and Retention

The good guys at the front line of defense for many organizations are the Security Analysts within the Cyber Defense and Security Operation Centers (SOCs) of the world.

At their best, these guys understand how the adversary thinks, what they are after, and what methods they use. They also understand their own networks, the assets on those networks, what matters to the business, and how systems and people behave. They understand how operating systems work, can disassemble a TCP-IP packet in its binary form and spot the bytes that are out of place. They understand the protocols and routing and services they are protecting, and the policies and standards they are enforcing.

Good guys are tireless problem solvers that rejoice in following symptoms to their cause, can communicate in written and verbal forms across all levels of the organization, are advanced in using a wide variety of tools and techniques, work well in a crisis and under stress, and are vigilant and consistent in the execution of their duties.

There are certain truths about Security Analysts:

  • Nearly every business is trying to hire them.
  • Any business who has one is trying desperately to keep them.
  • There are many job seekers lacking the ability to execute as a security analyst.
  • Many organizations have an incomplete understanding of what caliber of good guy they actually need.

In this paper, we explore the aspects of recruiting, training, and retaining security analysts. A blueprint is provided for how to find and assess candidates, how to nurture analysts during employment, and what sorts of opportunities should be granted to security analysts to help with job satisfaction and ultimately effectiveness and retention.  Download it today to get started on building out your security team.

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The good guys at the front line of defense for many organizations are the Security Analysts within the Cyber Defense and Security Operation Centers (SOCs) of the world.

At their best, these guys understand how the adversary thinks, what they are after, and what methods they use. They also understand their own networks, the assets on those networks, what matters to the business, and how systems and people behave. They understand how operating systems work, can disassemble a TCP-IP packet in its binary form and spot the bytes that are out of place. They understand the protocols and routing and services they are protecting, and the policies and standards they are enforcing.

Good guys are tireless problem solvers that rejoice in following symptoms to their cause, can communicate in written and verbal forms across all levels of the organization, are advanced in using a wide variety of tools and techniques, work well in a crisis and under stress, and are vigilant and consistent in the execution of their duties.

There are certain truths about Security Analysts:

  • Nearly every business is trying to hire them.
  • Any business who has one is trying desperately to keep them.
  • There are many job seekers lacking the ability to execute as a security analyst.
  • Many organizations have an incomplete understanding of what caliber of good guy they actually need.

In this paper, we explore the aspects of recruiting, training, and retaining security analysts. A blueprint is provided for how to find and assess candidates, how to nurture analysts during employment, and what sorts of opportunities should be granted to security analysts to help with job satisfaction and ultimately effectiveness and retention.  Download it today to get started on building out your security team.