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August 9, 2018
Moving Up: How to Become an Intermediate SOC Analyst
August 9, 2018
If you’ve worked as an entry-level SOC Analyst, you’ve likely performed many of the following tasks in this jack-of-all-trades cyber position:
- Provide threat analysis and security logs for security devices
- Analyze and respond to hardware and software weaknesses and vulnerabilities
- Investigate, document, and report security problems and emerging security trends
- Coordinate with other analysts and departments regarding the system and network security when needed
- Create, implement, and maintain security protocols and controls, including the protection of digital files and data against unauthorized access
- Maintain data and monitor security access
- Perform risk analyses, vulnerability testing, and security assessments
- Perform security audits, internal and external
- Anticipate threats, incidents, and alerts to help prevent the likelihood of them occurring
- Manage network intrusion detection systems
- Analyze all security breaches to determine the root causes
- Make recommendations of countermeasures and install approved tools
- Coordinate security plans with relevant vendors
- Enterprise it cyber security support to include vulnerability scanning and management
- Enterprise system monitoring, analyzing, detecting, and defending support services
- Security incident response and reporting services support
- Security environment research and development support services
- Penetration testing, phishing attack, and cyber security training services
The technical skills needed by intermediate SOC Analysts include (but aren’t limited to):
- security information and event management (SIEM)
- SQL database
- C and C++ programming
- penetration and vulnerability testing
- and familiarity with multiple operating systems including Windows, UNIX, and Linux
- Analytical skills: SOC Analysts analysts carefully study computer systems and networks and assess risks to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved.
- Detail-orientedness: Because so many cyber attacks can be difficult to detect, SOC analysts pay careful attention to computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance.
- Ingenuity: Information security analysts must anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect their organizations' computer systems and networks.
- Problem-solving skills: Information security analysts must respond to security alerts and uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks.
- Investigate training and advanced education programs
- Identify your desired area of specialization
- Understand how security helps support overall business goals