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What does working as Malware Analyst entail?
Your primary goal is to uncover what the given code does. In some cases this just involves figuring out whether the code is malicious or not.
In other cases, you will need to drill down to the details, uncovering more of what it actually does, how it does it and for what aim it was designed.
This information is crucial for proposing detection and cure algorithms. Often, you will find yourself doing some detective work, pondering what’s behind entire malicious operations.
And it is not entirely out of the question that in some cases, you will be cooperating with the police, CERTs or the victims of cyber attacks themselves.
Technologies used in the job
Are you cut out for the job?
To be able to do this, we often use assembler, so being well-versed in this regard is a must if you want to join our team.
Given that the hackers have chosen as their area of operations nothing less than the entire globe, it is also useful if you are comfortable using English.
And last but not least, to keep pace with the bad guys you should have a healthy appetite for continuing to learn new things.