March 31, 2021

Feedback on interview

What does it mean when the interviewer mentioned that I lack infrastructure experience? And how do I obtain it?



Usually servers/cloud and networking. Getting a job in either of these is probably the only way to really increase experience, but you could equally set up a home lab and make reference to that in future interviews


The interviewer is telling you they are looking for somebody with experience actually managing the systems that the security team is charged with protecting. This is a **huge** issue in cyber security because there are many “Security” people trying to protect a network when they have no idea how that network actually works. This lack of understanding is what often leads to overly restrictive security policies being applied which stifle productivity in a business, making security look like blockers.

The infrastructure experience required for this role can be gained by joining a service desk for a year or more where you will gain some real life, in the trenches experience. You will learn how active directory works and how users interact with the systems which will help you understand how to actually secure those systems. Sadly the good money in security is attracting lots of people who don’t have the background experience that really is required. Its learning to walk before you can run.


In my opinion a good cyber security analyst is just a brilliant sysadmin with a Security+ certification under their arm.

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