How to become an incident responder


Incident response is one of the most rapidly-growing careers in the IT industry. An incident responder is a highly-skilled cybersecurity expert who is responsible for responding to threats and security incidents. In addition, he or she identifies the causes of the incidents, mitigates the damages, investigates the situation thoroughly and provides recommendations to address the loopholes in the current security posture of the organization.

Incident responders use a plethora of computer forensic tools to perform an incident response plan. Prior experience in computer forensics or computer investigations is often indispensable to prepare for a career as an Incident Responder. It is also essential to attain of security clearance.

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In this article, we will delve deep into the essential information required to become an Incident Responder.

What are an incident responder’s job requirements?

To be a competitive applicant for this job role, you must have at least a BS in Computer Sciences, Computer Forensics or related fields. Furthermore, security analysts must have two to three years of work experience in incident response. For most senior incident responders and senior intrusion analysts, the relevant experience should be more than five years.

Some hard skills are also required to become an incident responder. At the very least, they must have knowledge of:

  • Advanced forensic software (e.g., FTK, EnCase, Cellebrite, XRY, Helix)
  • Cloud computing
  • System monitoring tools (e.g., SIEM and SOAR)
  • eDiscovery tools (e.g., Clearwell, Relativity, NUIX)
  • Application security related to the Web
  • Backup techniques
  • Linux, UNIX and Windows operating systems, as well as their installation, patching and configuration
  • PERL, ASM, PHP, Java, C, C# and C++
  • Network communication based on TCP/IP
  • Computer hardware and software technologies

Since the incident responder acts as the detective, analytical and problem-solving skills are also necessary, as are oral and written (Read more...)

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