Niall Heffernan: How to empower your security operations team to focus on higher value strategic work

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Written by Thomas KinsellaCo-founder & COO, Tines

In our sixth episode of the Future of Security Operations podcast, Thomas speaks with Niall Heffernan, Head of Security at Cygnvs, a former Senior Manager of Information Security at Informatica, and a Lecturer for BSc, HDIP, PGDip, and MSc students studying in the Cybersecurity courses at the National College of Ireland. 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Niall’s view on the current state of security operations and how it’s evolved over the past five years

  • What’s top of mind for Niall as he begins building a security operations team from scratch 

  • How to prioritize incidents and determine what detections can be ignored using automation 

  • What most security practitioners get wrong when they embark on bringing the power of automation to their security program

  • Lessons that security can learn from software engineering 

  • How security changes when an organization goes public and why the stakes become so high  

  • What can be done to solve the security talent shortage gap

  • Niall’s #1 piece of advice for security leaders and practitioners 

  • What’s in store for the future of security operations, and why the traditional levels of security analysts will change

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