You’re interviewing candidates for a security analyst position. One is a history major with no formal technical experience. The other has an advanced degree in computer science, with a focus on cybersecurity, and 10 years’ experience in pentesting and security operations center environments.

Which candidate do you hire?

If you’re Keatron Evans, principal security researcher at security education provider InfoSec, the history major gets the job. By asking the right questions, Evans could see through the candidate’s resume and credentials to the most highly valued security analyst traits: troubleshooting and problem-solving skills, curiosity, desire to learn, and an innate passion for cybersecurity.

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