I'm 28 Years old and work in Cyber Security AMA

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Hey everyone, I work in Cyber Security AMA and I'll try and help!
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Is your job 9 to 5? How do you commute?
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Is your job 9 to 5? How do you commute?
I'm super lucky as I get to work from home everyday!
I can work any hours I want as long as I get my work done but usually 9am - 5pm
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Do you have to constantly learn new technologies to keep up to date or is it chill?
Also, is your salary good (ignore if very personal lol)?
Asking because I am enrolling in a CS course this year
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What's progression like in cyber security? It's a hot topic these days for firms.
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As mentioned by the above post(s), what is the progression and salary like?
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(Original post by Daybd)
Do you have to constantly learn new technologies to keep up to date or is it chill?
Also, is your salary good (ignore if very personal lol)?
Asking because I am enrolling in a CS course this year
Yes definitely, unlike most other jobs you have to constantly research the latest threats!

My salary is almost 6 figures so cyber does pay well! But without hard work you won't get anywhere so it's not been without its challenges and I'm not going to say my job is easy

You definitely have to keep studying and taking exams I'm actually sitting a professional cert exam next week
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What's progression like in cyber security? It's a hot topic these days for firms.
It's really good, as long as you have the passion you'll go far.
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are free anti-malware products just as effective as paid for ones ? i mean for a typical home user, not the CIA etc.
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What place do automated siem tools have in today's world vs analyst based correlation? :holmes:
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As mentioned by the above post(s), what is the progression and salary like?
In 2016 Junior Analyst £30K
2017 Senior Analyst £50K
2018 Lead Analyst £70K
2019 UK Global Lead Analyst X
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are free anti-malware products just as effective as paid for ones ? i mean for a typical home user, not the CIA etc.
For typical homes users I would say a decent free product is just as effective as a paid product

If you look at Antivirus I would highly recommend Avast, as they have so many users they have the most data (endpoints) and can develop newer signatures.
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What place do automated siem tools have in today's world vs analyst based correlation? :holmes:
An automated SIEM tool will only be as good as the person who developed it, there is no substitute for a human who has baselined the environment and knows good from bad within the specific environment.

I would only recommend an automated SIEM tool for an SME who does not have the budget to have a dedicated cyber security team
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are free anti-malware products just as effective as paid for ones ? i mean for a typical home user, not the CIA etc.
PRSOM :rofl:
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An automated SIEM tool will only be as good as the person who developed it, there is no substitute for a human who has baselined the environment and knows good from bad within the specific environment.

I would only recommend an automated SIEM tool for an SME who does not have the budget to have a dedicated cyber security team
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For typical homes users I would say a decent free product is just as effective as a paid product

If you look at Antivirus I would highly recommend Avast, as they have so many users they have the most data (endpoints) and can develop newer signatures.
i have used various products over the years including AVG, Zone Alarm, Malwarebytes & currently Comodo with cryptoprevent. i have not suffered any major problems so far. i have not tried Avast yet
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Do you have a degree? If so, do you think having a degree was necessary for your position, and have the skills that you learnt in your degree relevant and useful to what you're doing now?
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How and when did you become interested/get into cyber security in the first place?
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Do you have a degree? If so, do you think having a degree was necessary for your position, and have the skills that you learnt in your degree relevant and useful to what you're doing now?
Yes I have a degree in Computer Science, there was only 1 module vaguely related to Cyber Security so only a small part of my degree is relates to the work I now do.

I think going forward if you did want a career in Cyber Security a degree isn't mandatory but does help. When I hire people I look for passion and as long as you can display that passion you'll do well!
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what type of websites should TSR members avoid to prevent malware disasters ?

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