Seriously, security analysts are needed.
Here are a few relevant facts.
There are an estimated 76.5 million websites using WordPress.
Criminals are launching an average of 8531 attacks a minute. This graphic shows a small sample of the attack traffic in real-time.
Wordfence is the best security plug-in I know of that protects WordPress sites and they’re looking for security analysts.
No, I’m not getting paid to say so. I just know that it has been very effective at helping me protect WordPress-based websites. It has also given me some enlightening information on daily attack methodologies used by criminals.
And they are looking for security analysts.
Security Analysts Wanted at Wordfence
Here’s a copy of the email I just received from the folks at Wordfence. I added the bolding.
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Wordfence needs your help. We are making a major investment in our product and services by significantly increasing the size of our forensic analysis and remediation team and need help finding world-class candidates. We are looking for security analysts to assist our customers to investigate how their site was hacked and to repair their site and remove all traces of the intrusion. In addition they will also collect evidence from intrusions that will help improve our product. They will need to determine how the intrusion occurred and then collect all IOC’s (indicators of compromise) and share this data with our product team in a structured way.
If that sounds like the right role for you, we invite you to learn more about the opportunity here.
If you know someone that should hear about the opportunity, please forward this email to them. If they enter your email address in the referral field we will gladly send you a $200 Amazon gift card should they become a permanent hire.
Wordfence Founder & CEO
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Security Analysts Basic Requirements
If you’re considering a job in the cyber security field, the Wordfence general requirements are good to look at:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- You must work well in a team.
- You must be nimble, be able to come up with creative solutions to challenging problems and must have a mature approach to problem solving.
- Attention to detail.
In my mind, many of the technical skills they need are teachable. If someone has demonstrated security awareness (such as by passing the Security+ exam), they can probably learn the required technical skills for this type of job.
However, it is much more difficult to teach someone:
- how to communicate verbally and in writing
- how to work well in a team
- how to have a mature approach to problem solving
- how to pay attention to details
If you’re ready for a security analyst job today, I encourage you to apply.
If you’re planning to pursue a similar job in the future, I encourage you to build on your basic non-technical skills as much as your technical skills. This will help you be competitive when you’re ready to pursue a similar job.