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Our Team Is Still Hiring: One Position Open – Network Security in US/North America

By Anton Chuvakin | December 12, 2017 | 3 Comments


For some reason, we have real trouble hiring a network security analyst. We filled other hard-to-fill roles, but the netsec is still open, despite plenty of interviews, and some group interviews (when you present to our entire team).

So: our team at Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) is still HIRING! Join Security and Risk Management Strategies (SRMS) team at Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP)! Work with awesome people like all of us here!!!

One role is still open:

  1. Network security (primarily) – apply here

Excerpts from the job description – with my highlights:

  • “Create and maintain high quality, accurate, and in depth documents or architecture positions in information security […] and/or related coverage areas;
  • Prepare for and respond to customer questions (inquiries/dialogues) during scheduled one hour sessions with accurate information and actionable advice, subject to capacity and demand;
  • Prepare and deliver analysis in the form of presentation(s) delivered at one or more of the company’s Catalyst conferences, Summit, Symposium, webinars, or other industry speaking events;
  • Support business development for GTP by participating in sales support calls/visits subject to availability and management approval, etc”

In essence, your job would be to do research, write papers, guide clients (via phone inquiries / dialogs) and speak at events. Also, we do list a lot of qualifications in the reqs, but you can look at my informal take on them in this post.

A few common questions that candidates have asked in the past (reproduced from my past blog posts):

  • Location? Any location in US/Canada/North America, mostly due to the desired time zone for client calls. This is non-negotiable for this role.
  • What does travel 20-25% really mean? In all honesty, there is not much travel, apart from 2-3 Gartner events per year, really. If you want to travel more, you can.
  • Do we really need at least 15 years experience? Well … we don’t really need 15 years, but we do need diverse and extensive experience (ideally, “vendor + enterprise/government + consultant”, but “pick any 2 of those” works as well, with enterprise/government security architect being the preferred background)
  • Is this a technical role? Well, it is a role for a technologist, a person who was hands-on and/or has a deep understanding of how security technologies work inside the box. However, Gartner does not really do lab product testing (you are welcome to have a home lab, of course, and some security analysts do) so there is a risk of losing some of the cutting edge technical hands-on skills. Ideally, you should be able to retain them (mostly) via ongoing conversations with “people who do stuff” (as opposed to “just talk about stuff”), but it may be challenging for some.

Now, let me share some Anton’s super-secret interview tips (learned by our team from the experiences interviewing many candidates in the last 6 years or so) – ignore them at your peril!

  • When preparing for a group interview, you will be asked to write a mini-paper and then defend it. By god, pick a topic you know really well. I feel stupid even saying this, but some candidates sunk since they picked the topic “they wanted to explore.” Hell no! Put your BEST foot forward!
  • When writing a mini-paper, re-read the text for clear and logical structure and potential value for the readers. If you need to rant, get a blog. Think of this as a mini-research paper, not a mini-vendor whitepaper, your point is to help, not to sell.
  • Now, an actual super-secret tip: the key to success at our group interview is to be firm-but-not-defensive-or-too-pushy, and let me tell you this is really hard for many. However, if you are TOO FIRM (“NO! you guys are just wrong!”) or TOO SOFT (“yeah, perhaps this is also OK”), you will not be hired. This is important!
  • To expand further on this, pick a position and be ready to defend it with facts and materials in hand. As one of our new (freshly hired) team members said “don’t get wishy-washy during the group interview


P.S. If you have questions, feel free to email / tweet me – I cannot promise a prompt response, but I sure can promise a response.

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  • Mike Morrato says:

    This my old role? If it’s still open come March…

  • Mike Morrato says:

    Well, like I said, come March depending on things here, if the role is still open…(I spoke with Eric). With our pending merger things are up in the air. And I remembered how much I hated financial services…