The Buzz about Key Words in Vulnerability Management

Nov 06, 2019

When looking for and applying to jobs, you hear the term buzzword repeatedly.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines buzzword as:"an important-sounding, usually technical, word or phrase often of little meaning used chiefly to impress laymen."

However, it's not laymen you're trying to impress during a job search— it's hiring managers and recruiters. Furthermore, it's not even a matter of impressing, but of demonstrating that you have the specific experiences, skill sets and knowledge to meet the requirements and fulfill the responsibilities of a specific role.

Plus, most companies and recruiting firms utilize scanning software, which identifies said buzzwords, to help target the search for candidates. Of course, from one industry to the next these key words are different. And in the cybersecurity industry, buzzwords vary according to an infosec professional's area of expertise.

The role of a Vulnerability Management Security Engineer is among the most sought-after positions for which Ashling Team is speaking with candidates. So, if you're an infosec pro interested in applying for a vulnerability management position, ensure your profile and resume include the following buzzwords, phrases and key terms (only if applicable, of course!):

  • If you've worked with VM tools, list each by name. For example, Qualys, Tenable, Rapid7 or Beyond Trust.
  • If you have experience with the entire vulnerability management lifecycle, be sure to say "...building, implementing and maintaining vulnerability management programs."
  • Can interpret "vulnerability scan results."
  • Experience with "building remediation strategies." 
  • Cite the security standards with which you're familiar. For example, NIST and CIS.
  • List the specific information security solutions with which you've worked. For example, Palo Alto and Carbon Black.
  • Detail your experience with operating systems by specifying the exact system(s) with which you've worked.  For example, Linux, Windows and Mac.

“Remember, the first look at your resume is usually conducted by a human resources representative, a recruiter, or a software scanning system,” says Ashling Team Founder and Recruiter Colleen Lennox. “It’s not being screened by a person with a security background. That said, don't mistake your current role as an indication of your past experiences,” she emphasizes. “Nothing should be implied. Ensure you include details and buzzwords related to each previous work experience— even those from your first security job!”

Ready to advance your career? Then, check-out jobs currently available through Ashling Team here.

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