From the SOC to Everyday Success: Data-Driven Life Lessons from a Security Analyst


Many of you have likely noticed that I enjoy looking for life lessons in the real-world that we can apply to the challenges we face in the security domain. In this piece, I’d like to take the opposite approach. I’d like to try and take the lessons I learned during my time as a security analyst working in various Security Operations Centers (SOCs) and apply them to life. My reason for this is simple. I believe that as security professionals, the healthier and happier we are, the better able we are to protect our respective organizations.

In particular, I’d like to focus on the strong data-driven approach adopted by the teams I was fortunate enough to be a part of. I think that the timing is particularly good. Why? Unfortunately, it seems that we as a society are slowly losing our respect for truth and facts, and at the same time, we seem to be becoming aware of an epidemic of narcissism that is well underway. That lies and opinions are so readily accepted as truth is extremely dangerous. More troubling still are the behaviors and actions that are justified based upon them.

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