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A SANS 2021 Report: Top Skills Analysts Need to Master

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT (2021-04-21 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Ismael Valenzuela


  • Cisco Systems
  • DomainTools
  • Gigamon
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • ThreatQuotient

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As one of the highest-paid jobs in the field, security analysts must become masters of all trades, becoming “all-around defenders,” highly competent in threat detection, while maintaining excellent analytical and communication skills. But what are the technical and nontechnical skills required to acquire mastery in this role? And how can industry security solutions augment analysts’ capabilities to become more effective?

In this webcast, SANS author, instructor, and analyst Ismael Valenzuela will answer these questions and discuss the top skills that security analysts need. Register today to be among the first to receive the associated whitepaper.

Click here to register for a panel discussion based on this report, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 1PM Eastern. On this webcast, Ismael Valenzuela and sponsor speakers will discuss skills for defending your organization across endpoints, networks, and the cloud.

Speaker Bio

Ismael Valenzuela

Ismael Valenzuela is co-author of the cyber defense and blue team operations course, SANS SEC530: Defensible Security Architecture and Engineering. Ismael is a Senior Principal Engineer at McAfee, where he leads research on threat hunting using machine-learning and expert system–driven investigations. Ismael Valenzuela has participated as a security professional in numerous projects across the globe in the past 20 years, which included being the founder of one of the first IT Security consultancies in Spain.

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