The information security professional is often seen as an “information security warrior” or an “insider”, but the profession is not as glamorous as many of us might assume.
As we explore how to work with an intelligence professional, here are some tips for choosing the right person for your business.
A person with a clear, positive mindset A good intelligence analyst will understand what matters to customers, and what their needs are.
This is particularly important for information security practitioners who are tasked with analyzing data to determine what data security breaches might have been caused.
“A lot of the work of an intelligence security professional focuses on assessing whether an attack was carried out in response to the information it’s collected or information it has provided to the organization,” says Mark Krawczyk, chief security officer at security firm Credit.
“If there’s any doubt, then you should be able to provide evidence to support your case.
You’ll need to explain the attack, its purpose and any steps taken to prevent it.
This person will also be able and willing to ask questions to see how you’re progressing, which will help you get the most out of the time they spend with you.”
Good communication skills An intelligence analyst needs to be able, on the job, to communicate with a diverse range of customers, says Mark Crouch, chief technology officer at Creditor.
“Intelligence professionals have to understand where their audience is and what they want,” he says.
“You can’t just tell them what to do.”
Make sure you’re not looking for an analyst who’s perfect for the job A good security analyst will work hard to make sure that the team they work for is working well together, says Crouch.
“An intelligence professional should be confident in their work and comfortable working with other people,” he explains.
“They should have good interpersonal skills and be able take criticism.”
A clear understanding of the business It’s also important to be clear about the security threats facing your business, Crouch says.
This helps the intelligence professional understand what data breaches are likely to be caused by.
“It helps them understand what information security issues are likely and how to prevent them,” he adds.
“The key is to be very clear about what they are doing and why.”
Get to know your analyst before you hire them A good understanding of your business will give the intelligence analyst a better understanding of what your business needs, and how it’s protected, explains Crouch of the importance of a good intelligence professional.
The security analyst is responsible for ensuring the information security of your information and data is kept safe, but they can also be the person who can advise you on the security of that information and how you can protect your data.
It takes a little bit of time, but you’ll get better at this if you’re given a few months to develop a relationship with the person, says Krawce.
“We advise people to find an intelligence consultant who’s well-versed in their field.
It’s important to understand the issues and how they apply to your organization.”
Be prepared to deal with a lot of criticism A good information security person will have a positive attitude towards their job, and will be willing to listen to and listen to their clients, says Dan Haney, chief information officer at Security Insights.
“This can lead to great relationships with your customers,” he notes.
“Your best bet is to make your relationships with them as good as possible.”
Work with a good mentor This will help your intelligence analyst develop a good working relationship with their boss, and help them gain a deeper understanding of how to manage the security posture of your organization, says Haney.
You’ll also find it useful to work closely with an expert who can help you build a more cohesive security posture, he adds, such as a chief information security officer, director of information security, or an IT director.
Be careful with the word ‘hacker’ When hiring a security professional, avoid the use of the term “hacker”, says Hany.
The word ‘hack’ is really overused,” he continues. “
In this case, we’re talking about a company who’s breached data in a way that has caused a catastrophic impact on the company’s reputation, and is exposing its customer’s data.
The word ‘hack’ is really overused,” he continues.
That could be an insider, someone who can exploit a flaw or exploit a vulnerability to gain access to confidential data.” “
For example, a hacker could be someone who wants to steal sensitive customer data.
That could be an insider, someone who can exploit a flaw or exploit a vulnerability to gain access to confidential data.”
It can be very difficult to know how to handle a breach and how a company will react to it, says John Crouch at Credo Security.
To prevent a breach, it