The Current Job Outlook for Threat Hunters

Introduction

Demand for cybersecurity professionals is on the rise, and even specialized niche positions are seeing an increase in popularity. This makes threat hunting an especially sought-after job role, particularly in big corporations that are looking to identify and neutralize threats that are not easily detected by traditional security measures. This ensures that they keep their environment safe and secure.

We will take a closer look at the current state of demand for threat hunters, job titles and responsibilities, and potential earnings for individuals that choose to embark on this exciting career path.

What Is a Threat Hunter and What Do They Do?

We can think of threat hunters, also known as cyberthreat hunters, as IT professionals with a strong foundation in information security. They are responsible for searching their organizations’ IT systems, applications and data for security issues that are either known or unknown. They are able to do this by leveraging their considerable cybersecurity skills to find anomalies within their environment and then take corresponding actions to neutralize or mitigate any threat that they are able to find.

Using threat hunters greatly improves an organization’s ability to avoid downtime and data breaches, making them more competitive in their respective industries. The role is a mixture between programmer, analyst, security specialist and incident responder, and as such, blends in these responsibilities and requires that the candidate shows competence in all of those domains.

What Are Threat Hunter Job Titles and Roles?

Not all job roles are cut and dried when it comes to threat hunting, and there is usually some overlap in responsibilities depending on the size of the organization and how many systems there are to manage and maintain. What follows are some of the most common job titles, followed by some key job functions that a candidate (Read more...)

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