I got hired as an L1 Security Analyst 3 months ago. Essentially, my job functions mostly amount to delving skin-deep into badly configured SIEMs [with minimal network topologies], Antivirus Policies, prepping for SOC 2 Audit level documentation [God, can you say bored out of my mind?], and phishing tickets.

On top of which, I dunno if it’s common to use ticketing systems in cybersecurity….but I have to log every minute of the day as it happens. Literally every minute. Feels like prison.

Now, I’m a noob. My degree [AAS] is mostly in programming: Python, C++, Java, TSQL, etc, but I happened to go to a Cybersecurity conference for college in 2019 and chased down a big name in global Cybersecurity for 2 years and through a pandemic to get an internship. This dude told me he robbed banks for a living, and I was sold.

Due to this internship I got, I was hired after 1 phone call by a midrange MSP who wanted to become an MSSP. 18 clients, and 50 employees to cover all of their Incident Response, Threat Hunting, Monitoring, Filtering, Networking, etc, etc. And we have 1 CISSP. A 2-man SOC /IR/TH/Compliance team.

The company is hiring a CISO and a CIO soon, so maybe that will change things.

In my internship, I had a blast. Mostly in Red Teaming labs, but I also enjoyed Linux and AWS.

Here, there is little structure, and I fulfill menial tasks to free up the CISSP. He says I’m helping him…But he can also barely speak English. Even when I learn stuff from him, it’s often in mangled English which just confuses me.

At the same time, I need the money and feel like this is just a ridiculously lucky break, even though I feel dead inside while working.

I’m thinking about getting my CySa+ to make myself more valuable for a company jump, maybe trying a different company, maybe a real corporate role instead of an MSP pretending to be an MSSP.

I want to give Cyber another shot, but I’m also planning on pursuing my bachelors in Software Development, then an MBA. Cybersecurity seems like just a perpetual losing battle of trying to find needles in needle stacks. I’ve felt the urge to want to *build* something, and I’ve also quite enjoyed connecting agents to cloud platforms and messing with servers. I seem to like Networking more, but it’s not as valuable, right.

My real dream is just to be financially free to determine how I spend my own time, as selfish as that may sound. If I want to spend all day playing video games, I want to have purchased that right. The only way to do that is to stop trading time for money, but until I reach that point, I gotta do the double grind right. Study + 45 hours a week.

I could buy a house with my gf by April if I keep this job. Then work part time and bulldoze the B.S. and MBA. I guess I want someone to tell me to quit, haha….

Any advice?

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  • UniqueMadrigalLion

    November 20, 2021

    Yup, sure sounds like working at an MSP!

  • ImmediateNebula5

    November 20, 2021

    What do you mean when you say you have to log every minute in? Wouldn’t a lot of your time just be spent logging?


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