The Job Duties of a Security Analyst
June 15, 2016
The Dark Web is a mysterious void that the average user will never venture into, much less understand than the nefarious reputation the media crafts for it. For certain individuals, however, not only do they make a lively hood by surfing the Dark Web, but they also monitor potential threats to our personal safety. The New York Times had the luck to interview one Dark Web security analyst and shared some insights into her job with the article, “Scouring The Dark Web To Keep Tabs On Terrorists.”
Flashpoint security analyst Alex Kassirer was interviewed and she described that she spent her days tracking jihadists, terrorist group propaganda, and specific individuals. Kassirer said that terrorists are engaging more in cybercrimes and hacking in lieu/addition of their usual physical aggressions. Her educational background is very impressive with a bachelor’s from George Washington University with a focus on conflict and security, a minor in religious studies, and she also learned some Arabic. She earned her master’s in global affairs at New York University and interned at Interpol, the Afghan Embassy, and Flashpoint.
She handles a lot of information, but she provides:
“I supply information about threats as they develop, new tactics terrorists are planning and targets they’re discussing. We’ve also uncovered people’s personal information that terrorists may have stolen. If I believe that the information might mean that someone is in physical danger, we notify the client. If the information points to financial fraud, I work with the cybercrime unit here.”
While Kassirer does experience anxiety over the information she collects, she knows that she is equipped with the tools and works with a team of people who are capable of disrupting terroristic plots.