Security Operations (SOC) Analyst

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Any enterprise that has confidential data needs to ensure that all its confidential information is protected in accordance with the needs of the business and according to Information Security principles of availability, integrity, and confidentiality. One key employee who shoulders a great deal of this responsibility is the Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst.

The SOC Analyst is an integral part of the overall security operations of an enterprise. The Analyst is responsible for monitoring, for responding to, and for escalating security events. The SOC Analyst performs the initial assessment and information gathering of a potential incident and is responsible for creating and responding to defined alerts. A successful SOC Analyst must be able to solve low-complexity problems independently and must know when to escalate issues.

Having good knowledge of IT Security best practices and having a deep technical background over multiple technology platforms are key for an SOC Analyst. The Analyst must also be able to build relationships with teams to understand current and future security threats and vulnerabilities and must be able to work with other groups within an enterprise’s IT function and other technology and business functions.

General Educational Requirements

Most employers require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, Information Technology, or other related technical field. Some employers may accept significant experience (eight years or so) of additional experience in lieu of a degree. Most employers require relevant industry certifications and, depending on the employer, a security clearance may be required.

Additional Qualifications

In addition to fulfilling the technical and educational requirements, an SOC Analyst needs to have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of information technology industry trends/emerging technologies and an ability to relate these to an employer’s objectives. Strong written and verbal communications skills are a necessity for this position given the wide range of interactions that an SOC Analyst has throughout the enterprise. Other desirable traits include the ability to manage outsourced Service Providers and a willingness to develop in-depth knowledge of security technologies and practices and to continually improve these skills.

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