Incident Responder’s investigate computer related crimes within an organization. They discover the problem, mitigate the damages, and thoroughly investigate the situation. They take detailed notes throughout the entire process. A wide range of computer forensic tools are used to perform the functions of the job. Prior experience in computer investigations or general computer forensics is often necessary to prepare for a career as an Incident Responder. The ability to obtain security clearance is also a requirement.
Job Duties List
The main responsibility of the Incident Responder is to use computer forensic tools to examine and analyze electronic media in suspected computer hacking cases. They then document the findings in an easy to read format. Since many computer related terms can be very technical, it is necessary to write the reports in words that can be understood by everyone. The reports could end up being used as evidence. Incident Responder’s may also be called to testify in court as a fact or expert witness. They also work with outside departments to develop incident remediation solutions. Excellent customer service and management skills are necessary, as helping individuals and the organization in a time of need can be a stressful situation.
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As cyber attacks continue to increase, prospects for security jobs are high in 2017. The field of Incident Responder gets graded an A for future job opportunities. The demand is great and will continue to grow as organizations, both government and private, struggle to protect critical information.
The average annual salary for an Incident Responder is $81,000. This amount can vary depending on the actual job duties and the location. California reports the highest annual salary and is $83,000. The amount is quite less in Illinois where the annual salary is only $65,000. The job description for Incident Responder can have different titles with basically the same duties. They range from Incident Response Analyst to Forensic Analyst, and usually have different salary ranges. To get the best annual salary, it might be necessary to search similar job titles.
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