Threat Hunter

Threat Hunters detect, isolate, and prevent threats that evade automated cybersecurity defense solutions.

Role overview

A Cybersecurity Threat Hunter is responsible for detecting and identifying highly advanced cyber threats that cannot be detected by automatic or programmatic solutions. They search for and track hidden threats before they attack, rather than addressing incidents that have already happened, like the Incident Response team. These threats can be posed by insiders, such as employees, or outsiders, like organized crime groups.

Threat Hunters
may also be referred to as:
Cyber Hunting Analyst
Cyber Threat Hunter
Cybersecurity Analyst Threathunter
Threat Hunting Analyst

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Average Salary

Based upon experience, salary for this role ranges from:
$118,333
National Average
$158,333
$198,333
* based upon those with two plus years of cybersecurity experience

Responsibilities

Follow and neutralize highly advanced adversaries who cannot be detected with automated solutions.
Searching for hidden threats before they happen.
Gathering information on the behavior, goals, and techniques that the adversary is using.
Analyzing collected data to determine trends in the security environment of the organization.
Making cybersecurity predictions based on their findings and eliminating current vulnerabilities.

Tools & Environment

Cybersecurity Threat Hunters work with a variety of tools to track adversaries and identify suspicious activities, including security monitoring tools, SIEM solutions, analytics tools, and network protocols such as the TCP/IP stack. Threat Hunters also need a deep knowledge of current and past attack methods, attack methodologies, and forensic science.

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