Security analysts shouldn't take instructions from a screen that pops up; rather, they want to be engaging in investigations where they are looking for root causes. "If you are applying to two jobs, both security analysts, and both read the same way, it's likely that each could set you on a completely different trajectory," said Thompson.
In order to completely understand what you are about to embark upon, Thompson advised asking these key questions:
- Who am I reporting to?
- How will I be able to grow and what will I be exposed to? (Make sure answers are not just following script.)
- How much am I actually getting to the root cause?
- How much interaction do I have with client?
In addition to asking these questions, Thompson said, "Take at least a day to shadow somebody doing the work in the security analyst role so that you can make your own judgment."
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