Jonathan Butler, Professional Services & Security Analytics Manager at Distil Networks, discusses his security analyst journey, what someone should like doing if they plan on going into the field, and the future of security analytics as a whole.

In the podcast, Butler and host Chris Sienko discuss:

– How did you first get started in computers and security specifically? Were tech, computers and security always your interests, or did you move down that avenue later in life? (1:01)
– When you were in school, the internet wasn’t yet common. Did you feel like people younger than you had a different relationship to the internet, having lived with it their whole adult life? (3:23)
– How did you become a senior-level security analyst? What were the major steps along the way and the progression of skill sets to get to this point? (6:11)
– Walk me through your average day as a security analyst. What time do you start work? Where does your work take you in the course of a day? When are you done? (10:53)
– Is it safe to say that, as an analyst, you’re spending more time on the nuts-and-bolts of the problem while as a manager, you aren’t as closely attached to the actual work of security analytics? (13:39)
– What types of activities, projects or actions should you REALLY enjoy doing if you’re considering being a security analyst? What are some tasks or actions that you have to deal with almost every single day? (15:58)
– What do you think are the most interesting parts of the job of security analyst? What are the most difficult or repetitive? What are the parts of the job that you stress over the weekend? What aspects wake up you in the middle of the night? (19:14)
– What role do you feel that professional certifications play in the enhancement of a security career? (22:04)
– If you see someone with a certification, does that make you feel, as someone who hires talent, that the person has something extra to offer? Or are you more interested in seeing what experience they have? (23:53)
– What types of companies require a security analyst? (25:55)
– If you find yourself in a position or career that you don’t like and you’re trying to make a switch toward security analytics, what’s one thing you could do today that would move you one step closer to getting on that path? (28:05)
– Where do you see the role of security analyst going in 2019 and in the years to come? What are some innovations and ideas that you’re looking forward to seeing, and what are the major challenges to be addressed? (29:59)
– Tell us a bit about Distil Inc. and some of the projects your organization is working on at the moment. If listeners want to know more about your company, where can they go? (32:24)

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Knowledge is your best defense against cybercrime. Each week on Cyber Work, host Chris Sienko sits down with a new industry thought leader to discuss the latest cybersecurity trends — and how those trends are affecting the work of infosec professionals. Together we’ll empower everyone with the knowledge to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.