Security Incident Responder

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When a data breach occurs, it is not the breach itself that defines a company, organization, or government entity as a victim – it is the response to the breach that defines the extent of an entity’s victimhood. And the response to a breach depends on a Security Incident Responder who will learn how a breach got started, what the common lateral movements were, and what the ultimate goal of the event was.

The Security Incident Responder will focus on why an event is happening to better understand the attack and learn what tools the attackers used, what the attackers were after, and what they were able to access. This is extremely useful information for the Incident Responder and management to have so they will know the extent of the breach and what was affected.

The Security Incident Responder will use a wide range of computer forensic tools to examine and analyze data on any electronic media that is suspected of having been breached. The Responder then must document the findings in a comprehensible manner that can be understood by everyone, including people with limited technical experience. A Security Incident Responder may be required to testify in court, and the material produced may be required in court to present material facts.

A Security Incident Responder must have experience with  log collection and analysis, network forensics, IP tracing, technology laws, network security, and digital interception and must be able to develop incident remediation solutions. The Responder must be able to trace intrusions back to their source and must be familiar with methods for dealing with malicious computer viruses and Trojans.

General Educational Requirements

Most positions in this field require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information technology, or a related subject. Some positions allow the substitution of several years of experience in lieu of a degree. This position usually requires having a Secret or Top Secret clearance and requires one or more of several acceptable certifications.

Additional Qualifications

Excellent customer service and management skills are necessary for this position. It is helpful – and sometimes required – to have experience in computer investigations or general computer forensics. Professional, ethical, and discreet behavior also are expected qualifications for this position.

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