“More and more, help desk people are being seen as a major, if not the first, line of defense,” said James Stanger, CompTIA Chief Technology Evangelist, in his session, The Irreplaceable Help Desk Worker, at ChannelCon 2017. “There’s a big debate about where help desk fits into cybersecurity. When it comes to the first response, who’s best suited to respond? It’s the help desk.”
He cited these five skills as essential to the modern help desk worker:
- Linux and endpoint
- Programming – knowing how to automate things
- Soft skills
“The most valuable workers are the ones who can look for indications of compromise in normal activity,” Stanger said.
Help desk workers don’t necessarily need to be able to configure firewalls, he added, but they should understand what they do and don’t block and be able to educate end users on how they can help keep the network secure.
“Is cybersecurity just what cybersecurity people do?” Stanger asked. “No, it’s what everyone does because it’s an integral part of business.”
He added that the Tier 1 help desk role has become more sophisticated, and the simple answers are fewer and further between.
“You will be asked how to solve the problem and can you write it down so we can create a script,” Stanger said.
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