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Title: SOC Analyst Job Profile, Skills, Certifications, and Salary.

SOC Analyst Job Profile, Skills, Certifications,
and Salary.
What is a SOC Analyst? SOC Analyst is a security
professional who actively monitors cybersecurity
incidents within the organization and identifies
threats and vulnerabilities that can pose severe
risks to the IT infrastructure of the
organization. SOC stands for Security Operation
Center. It is a department in an organization
housing a team of cybersecurity professionals
along with the SOC Analysts. The primary
objective of a SOC team is to handle the security
operations of an organization. SOC team can also
be outsourced by an organization to strengthen
their security posture.
Any newbie or experienced professionals can apply
for the position of SOC Analyst. In this section,
we will discuss the job profile, salaries,
skills, certifications, and training that can
help you to forge a promising career as a SOC
SOC Analyst job profile The responsibilities of 
SOC Analysts include protecting the information
assets from unauthorized access. They look after
suspicious activities in the network and mitigate
the risks associated with them. There are three
levels or tiers of the SOC Analyst position known
as L1, L2, and L3. According to experts, most SOC
Analysts have two or more years of experience in
IT or networking before applying for the SOC
Analyst job role. They start from L1, and their
career progresses from L2 and L3 after acquiring
specific skills and experience. Apart from these
levels, Shift Leads, Security Consultants, SOC
Managers, and SOC Engineers are within a Security
Operation Center. SOC Engineers are software and
hardware specialists responsible for the
maintenance and development of the systems and
tools used by the analysts. The SOC Shift Leads
are responsible for formulating, implementing,
and documenting appropriate methodologies. They
instruct the junior members of the SOC team in
handling security incidents. At the top of the
hierarchy, SOC Managers look after the security
operations and are responsible for hiring and
training the SOC staff. In case of a significant
security risk, they directly manage the team.
  • Skills required for a SOC Analyst job role
  • Following are the skills required for a SOC
    analyst job role
  • Network Defending Networks are more prone to
    cyberattacks as they are actively connected to
    the internet. Cybercriminals often target
    networks and exploit the vulnerabilities present
    in them. Therefore, securing the network
    infrastructure of an organization is the primary
    task of SOC Analysts. He/She must be well-versed
    with how the network functions and how to defend
    it from potential threats. The network defending
    skills facilitate them to monitor, detect, and
    analyze the threats that can evade the network
    security posture.
  • Ethical hacking or penetration testing To defend
    the networks against cyberattacks, SOC Analysts
    must possess the mindset of a hacker. The
    proficiency in ethical hacking helps SOC Analysts
    to uncover vulnerabilities in the security
    posture of the organization. In-depth knowledge
    of penetration testing enables them to test the
    web application, network, and systems for
    vulnerabilities and report them to the higher
  1. Incident response Incidence response skills are
    crucial to manage and mitigate the risks of
    cyberattacks. The objective of an incidence
    response is to reduce the damage caused by the
    cyberattacks and recover as early as possible.
    The SOC Analyst must be efficient in responding
    to the incidents and improving the existing
    security controls to prevent future data breach
  2. Digital forensics The understanding of digital
    forensics enables SOC Analysts to analyze,
    monitor, and collect evidence of the data breach.
    The collected data and pieces of evidence are
    used to report and prevent future data breaches.
  3. Reverse Engineering Sometimes attackers take
    advantage of bugs present in the software
    applications and compromise the systems. The SOC
    Analyst utilizes reverse engineering knowledge to
    check the performance of a software program and
    fix the bug in it.
Some of the specific technical skills
include Understanding of Windows/Linux/MAC Knowl
edge of programming languages such as Python,
Ruby, PHP, Java, Perl, and more In-depth
understanding and implementation of Security
Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions
such as IBM QRadar and Splunk Knowledge of
fundamentals of computer networking such as
routing, switching, TCP/IP, OSI model, and
more Networking protocols Vulnerability
assessment and penetration testing Strong
communication and report writing skills are
usefulin addressing the security issues with the
various stakeholders in an organization
SOC Analyst certifications and training The
certifications enable you to demonstrate your
skills and technical knowledge to employers. They
play a critical role whether you are looking
forward to getting new opportunities or advancing
in your career. There are various SOC
certifications that can assist you in gaining the
required skills to become a successful SOC
Analyst. They are mentioned below CompTIA
Security CompTIA Security is a baseline
certification validating the skills of candidates
to perform core technical issues. This
certification course is perfect for understanding
common threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities. It
also covers fundamentals related to incidence
response along with governance and compliance
issues. Security certification serves as a
perfect launchpad to kickstart your career in the
Cybersecurity domain. CompTIA Security SYO-601
CompTIA CySA After earning CompTIA Security
certification, you can go for CompTIA CySA
(CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Certification),
which is an intermediate-level certification
developed for security analysts. During the
training course, You will learn and validate the
primary skills required for a Security Analyst,
such as threat and vulnerability management,
software and systems security, security
operations, and monitoring and incidence
response. CompTIA CySA Certification
Training EC-Council Certified Security Analyst
(CSA) EC-Councils CSA certification is mainly
developed for aspiring Tier 1 and Tier 2 SOC
Analysts. The certification course enables SOC
Analysts to understand various SOC processes and
work efficiently within a SOC team. To know more
about CSA certification, go through the following
blog Certified Soc Analyst (CSA) What you need
to know EC-Councils Certified SOC Analyst
training course The following training courses
will equip you with the necessary and most
in-demand skills to carry out the complex tasks
in your day-to-day work life.
Infosec Trains SOC Analyst training Infosec
Trains SOC Analyst training program is a
meticulously designed, practical-driven training
course for current or aspiring Tier 1, Tier 2,
and Tier 3 SOC Analysts. The training will give
you an in-depth understanding of digital
forensics and incidence response covering a range
of SOC tools that go hand-in-hand for Security
Analysts. To know more about this customized
training program by Infosec Train, read the
following blog Infosec Trains SOC Analyst
training program IBM QRadar training IBM
QRadar is a crucial SIEM tool that every SOC
analyst must know about. IBM QRadar SIEM Tool
Training will thoroughly cover each aspect of
this widely used SIEM platform and teach you how
to implement and gather useful threat
intelligence with its help.
SOC Analyst career advancement and salaries As
mentioned earlier, SOC Analysts start their
career as L1 SOC Analysts, and after acquiring
skills and experiences, they progress through L2
and L3. After honing their skills, they can end
up working in incidence response, security
program management, and other leadership roles.
  • Wrap up
  • SOC Analyst is a challenging job profile. Just
    having the knowledge of SIEM tools and log
    management is not enough. SOC Analysts must keep
    looking at the larger picture and sometimes think
    out of the box to outsmart the intelligent and
    well-funded hackers. They must be passionate
    about their job and must possess a continuously
    evolving mindset to stay ahead in the game.
  • Infosec Train offers training courses for the
    reputed SOC Analyst certifications, including
    EC-Councils CSA certification and CompTIA CySA.
    In addition to this, there are other Customized
    courses developed by our industry veterans to
    hone the skills of aspiring SOC Analysts. You can
    check the latest schedule of these courses by
    visiting the link mentioned below
  • Infosec Trains SOC Analyst training program
  • IBM QRadar SIEM Tool Training
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    and Cyber Security domain
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