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June 5, 2018
Unpacking the Interview - SOC Analyst
June 5, 2018
So you’re considering a career as a security operations center (SOC) analyst. You’re not alone — with more than 350,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions in the US and a predicted IT skills gap of more than 3.5 million open jobs by 2021, potential SOC analysts see the benefit of a job seeker’s marketplace that recognizes the value of security experience and offers better-than-average salaries to keep IT pros satisfied.The caveat? Companies aren’t willing to compromise their existing security posture for unqualified candidates, even in a skills-limited environment. The result? Prospective SOC analysts need to be ready for whatever comes their way during the recruitment process — let's unpack the SOC interview step-by-step.Laying the GroundworkBefore you get into the interview room and meet the hiring team face-to-face, make sure you’ve laid the groundwork for success. First, check your experience and qualifications. Since SOC analysts typically make upwards of $90,000 per year, companies are looking for security professionals with several years of infosec experience under their belt, along with certifications such as:
- Certified ethical hacker (CEH)
- CompTIA Security+
- GIAC certifications including GSEC, GHIC, and GCIA
- Certified reverse engineering analyst
- If you were an attacker, how would you compromise our network?
- What type of encryption should we use to secure our data?
- Explain the problem with SSL
- Tell me about a security project you’ve completed
- What are you reading?