Meet Michelle Torlén, <br>a Cyber Analyst with high analytical skills

Meet Michelle Torlén,
a Cyber Analyst with high analytical skills
2022-03-07 Paliscope

How would you describe yourself as a person?

I would describe myself as outgoing, motivated, and analytical.

How are you as a work colleague?

I am helpful and strive to see my co-workers flourish. All of us are especially good at certain things, and when we use those different skills, we succeed as a team. In addition to that, I would describe myself as prestige less and easy to collaborate with.

Why did you choose to work at Paliscope?

My main reason for joining Paliscope was because I was eager to contribute to the company’s mission, which aligned with my own professional goals and aims. Additionally, having the opportunity to work with experienced senior professionals in the cyber field appealed to me as I think it is the best way to learn and grow. In my view, Paliscope as a company has enormous potential, and it is really exciting to be part of this journey.

“I get to spend my days fighting cyber-crimes and making a real impact on society, and that’s something I always wanted to do.”

What is the best part of working with Paliscope?

I get to spend my days fighting cyber-crimes and making a real impact on society, and that’s something I always wanted to do. Our products and services have been developed to meet real-world problems, and I enjoy witnessing the difference we make at the front row. I also like collaborating with our clients and my fantastic colleagues.

What is your role at Paliscope?

I work as a cyber analyst at Paliscope. In my daily work, I monitor cyber security risks in different settings, put those risks into our client’s context, and produce informative reports and recommendations on how to handle the risks. My work also includes collaborating with my team and ensuring that we are updated on the latest threats.

Why did you choose that role from the beginning?

Working as a cyber analyst is a good fit if you aim to understand the technical details of cyber risks but also want to use that knowledge to support businesses in different sectors. When I started at Paliscope, I was appealed to extend my cyber security knowledge and learn more about our clients and how cyber security is handled to meet business needs and contexts.

What do you need to succeed in that role?

You need to have high analytical skills and be able to see the risks in the current cyber threat landscape. In addition, you should be curious and eager to learn constantly. New vulnerabilities and threats appear daily, and you need to have a genuine interest to stay on top of that.

How do you keep up with the latest developments within your industry?

I read a lot and follow all sorts of news channels and forums. Collaboration and information sharing with colleagues are essential to gain broad knowledge coverage. Our team of analysts share information daily and discuss it regularly.

Tell me about a typical day at Paliscope.

My tasks can differ depending on the client’s needs or new critical risks in the cyber threat landscape. But most often, I monitor cyber risks in supply chains, write reports, talk with our clients and attend internal information-sharing meetings.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently working on a tailored report for a client. The report examines a potential supplier’s historical cyber security risk posture and will support our client’s decision-making in potentially onboarding the supplier for business-critical services.

What are your future goals?

My future goal is to continue growing my analytical skills and continuously strengthen our client’s cyber security postures. As so many things happen in this field of work, it is quite difficult to predict how I will work in 5 years, and in my opinion, that is the thrill of it.

What do you think will happen with the cyber security industry in the near and far future?

I think we’ll see more exploitations of critical vulnerabilities, like 4logj, mainly due to threat actors’ new tools and techniques. Paliscope has also identified an increased awareness of third-party risks post the Kaseya breach.  Likely, more efforts will be put into mitigating such threats, and Paliscope’s expertise in this area will be beneficial. Supply chain attacks are rising, and we are here to help.

What’s a fun fact we might not know about you?

I went to choir school for five years, where I sang every day. I enjoy singing, and I think Paliscope’s next AW should be at a karaoke bar.

Psst! On April 5 Michelle is hosting a webinar on the current cyber threat landscape and why you need an executive monitoring service. Make sure to save your seat for the webinar here.