This article is about Cyber Security
A day in the life of a Cyber Security Analyst
By NIIT Editorial
Published on 23/01/2021
Cyber experts have the responsibility of policing and safeguarding the interests of their employers by legit practices. The domain, just like its subsidiary IT counterparts, is a mix of overlapping wings that collectively offer online/offline security to organizational assets. Without delving into comparisons between cyber profiles, here is an overview of the underlying responsibilities that cyber experts regularly have a brushing with.
Roles & Responsibilities
There are 5 key sectors of the cybersecurity industry that have created and are poised to strengthen their foothold in the domestic market. These are security consulting, security implementation, security testing, security operations, and incident response.
Although generalized roles are hard to come by in this sector given the compartmentalized nature of work that exists, it pays to look over the variety of roles, following which a general theme of work can be established:
- Cyber analyst
- Information security analyst
- Cybersecurity engineer
- Security architect
- Application security engineer
- Network engineer
- Chief Information Security Officer
- Cyber Security consultant
The onus lies on individuals in this sector to perform the following duties. Please note, it is not a comprehensive list but an overview of the tasks that lay at hand for cyber professionals:
- Keeping tabs on emerging technologies, evolving patterns of disruption, and risk mitigation practices that can be adopted to preserve intellectual property.
- Undertaking routine audits and identifying possible thefts.
- Reporting the cyber standing of the company to stakeholders.
- Educating fellow employees on the best cyber practices.
The job is unlike a 9 - 5 operation. The KRAs would involve you to liaise with interdisciplinary teams and propose, moderate and improve security checks. Theft doesn’t transpire with advance warnings. Cyber teams could be rushed in at odd hours to determine plausible explanations of the occurring risk. If need be, information systems could be shut down for maintenance, evaluated for damages and instigated to safety levels. None of this is time-bound. If anything, you could look upon cyber professionals as soldiers whose job is to protect, come what may.
There’s a popular saying, to catch a criminal you must act like one. Therefore, organizing periodic hackathons and exposing the information security to all sorts of attacks is a common exercise that enterprises carry out behind closed doors. On the similar lines, cyber experts might be asked to confer and standardize practices by membering conferences and exploring possibilities as shared by peers.
The right toolsets and frameworks are just as important for cyber professionals as a gun is to a police officer. In addition to this, being able to communicate complicated technical concepts to the workforce at large goes a long way in implementing the motto prevention is better than cure. When employees are aware of the red flags and the tickers in cybersecurity, the job at hand gets easier.
Passion is a good place to start but it alone is never enough. If you want to be in cyberspace, then having a cumulative blend of mathematical, statistical, computational, and above all, a logical attitude helps a lot.
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