On October 20, Devo is celebrating the first-ever SOC Analyst Appreciation Day™ to pay some long-overdue kudos to all of YOU! Yes, we realize that it’s pretty ironic the acronym ended up being SAAD (say it aloud), but what can we say…if the shoe fits!
In all seriousness, though, working in a SOC is very stressful. SOC analysts often have a host of responsibilities, and one minor mistake could lead to company data becoming compromised. Devo’s 2020 SOC Performance Report found that nearly 80% of SOC analysts say working in the SOC is very painful. Slightly more than half of the analysts surveyed also reported that “complexity and chaos” in the SOC is a huge pain point.
It’s clear that SOC work needs to change and that SOC analysts need more support — and fast. With this newly established holiday, we want to encourage organizations to commit to improving SOC analyst job satisfaction and mental well-being. We’ll be celebrating SOC analysts and providing opportunities for personal and professional development, all while we unwind with programming specifically designed to help you de-stress.
So, how can you celebrate? Here’s everything you need to know to join in on the fun:
1. Register for our SOC Analyst Appreciation Day™ programming.
We’ve teamed up with the CyberRisk Alliance and SC Media to live stream a full day of educational and entertaining programming for you. We’ll be hosting sessions on demystifying mentorship, how you can advance your career in security, solving the challenges of SOC work, and more. We’ll also have two yoga instructors lead a desk decompression session so you can start your day off on the right foot. Dwayne Perkins, a comedian who’s made appearances on Conan and Comedy Central, will join us for a 30-minute lunch-and-laugh performance.
This day is all about you, so we want you to be able to take a step back from the hectic day-to-day hustle and bustle of the SOC whenever you can. Check out our agenda and sign up for the sessions most interesting to you here.
2. Show your gratitude.
This one is for the SOC leaders and managers! While you may think that your team understands just how much you appreciate everything they do, it doesn’t hurt to say it! Take some time out of your day to send a thankful message or email. Call out accomplishments, recognize good work, and shower your SOC team with appreciation!
3. Send an e-card to your SOC team.
If you can’t find the right words of appreciation on your own, you can send an e-card to your SOC team and colleagues to say “thank you” for all the hard work they do! A little recognition can go a long way, so we hope these e-cards make it easy for you to tell your team what awesome work they do day in and day out. Check out our e-cards here.
4. Enter our #SOCAnalystDay hashtag contest.
The week of SOC Analyst Appreciation Day™ (October 18-October 22), we’ll be hosting a social media hashtag contest and raffling a Nintendo Switch to three lucky winners. All you have to do is follow @devo_inc on Twitter and tweet us sharing your experiences as a SOC analyst using #SOCAnalystDay. Easy peasy. Read the official contest rules here.
5. Have a SOC Analyst Appreciation Day™ party.
Whether your team is working in person or virtually, take this day to celebrate each other by hosting a party. You can order pizzas for the team, have a virtual happy hour, or purchase your colleagues a small gift to celebrate with one another. Ultimately, there’s no wrong way to celebrate unless — of course — you don’t celebrate at all. Now that’s a big no-no!
Whether you join our social media conversations or participate in our virtual programming, we’re hoping that by establishing this day, we’re pushing the cybersecurity industry to do more to make life in the SOC much less stressful. We look forward to having important discussions and celebrating with all of you!