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For successful security analysis—add a pinch of training

Kerry_Matre ‎06-03-2013 08:28 AM - edited ‎09-16-2015 01:59 PM

Question: How can you  get your security analysts to perform better analysis?


Answer: Equip them with proper training


Do you want security analysts who require less supervision, perform better analysis and make fewer errors?  Professional training from HP Security University may be the answer. The university is presented by  HP ArcSight Education Services which offers role-based training for:

  • SOC operators
  • Analysts
  • Senior analysts
  • Content authors
  • Architects
  •  Administrators  and senior administrators. 

Certification exams are also available to validate skills and competencies. 


“…but I don’t have money in my budget for education”


Many organizations don’t put a line item in their budget for education.  However, reserving some money for training can increase the success of your project and overall effectiveness of your analysts, reducing future costs.


“Projects allocating more than 6 percent of the project budget to training were significantly more successful than projects that spent less than 3 percent.”  Source:  The Value of Training the IT Organization by Cushing Anderson,  IDC Nov. 2011


Implementing technology without properly trained users can put you at risk, but utilizing available training programs can increase project and security program success. This sounds like a “win-win” to me.


Who benefits?


Training benefits your organization by  reducing risk as a result of better analysis and fewer mistakes.  Proper training also reduces management costs because well-trained users require less supervision.


Khalid Shaikh, Sr. Director of Education Services at HP Enterprise Security says, “We have had previous education customers who tell us their professionally trained users perform better analysis.” In fact, according to a study done by SAP, “Professionally trained users make 50 percent fewer errors and spend more time on critical tasks”.

Employees also benefit with certification maintenance credits for certifications such as those from ISC2 and SANS.  Professional education inspires employee engagement and increases employee retention.  Formalized training programs within security organizations are also appreciated by auditors.


Flexible delivery methods


HP ArcSight training is offered in a variety of ways to fit your organization.  Delivery methods include:

  • On-site private training
  • Virtual instructor-led training
  • Public instructor led training
  • Self-paced e-learning


“On-site training is the most in-depth training but does not fit everyone’s budget and project schedule.  That is why we offer so many options so that it can be utilized by the organization the best way to fit their needs,” Shaikh says.




There are also training unit discount programs available.


The full HP Enterprise Security University course catalogue is available here: Course Catalogue


Do you have your own stories of education success in your organization?  I would love to hear your stories in the comment section below.


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on ‎02-25-2014 06:22 AM

thank you

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