Defense Point Security
  • Greenbelt, MD, USA
  • Full Time

Do you want to work for a company that is passionate about security and has a fun, start-up culture with large company perks? Do you want to be in an environment where you will continuously learn new skills, grow and take on new opportunities due to the abundance of new projects on the horizon?

If you answered yes to these questions, this opportunity could be for you! 

Defense Point Security offers a competitive benefits package to include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance Premiums are 100% paid by DPS for employee and eligible dependents
  • Personal Accident Insurance paid by DPS
  • Life Insurance paid by DPS
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance paid by DPS
  • 401k Contribution Matching and 100% vested after 90 days
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Commuter Assistance
  • Paid Time Off starting at 3 weeks a year (15 days)
  • 10 paid Federal Holidays
  • Capital BikeShare Membership for DC Metro Area
  • Reimbursement for qualifying training expenses

Flexible / Alternative Work SchedulesDefense Point Security is seeking a Tier 1 Cyber SOC Analyst in Greenbelt, MD. This role operates on a Panama shift schedule, 12-hour shifts with weeks alternating 3 on/4 on rotations (4th day on is 8 hours).

Tier 1 Cyber SOC Analyst Job Responsibilities:
The Tier 1 Security Operations Center Analyst will possess experience with network, endpoint, threat intelligence, forensics, and malware reverse engineering, as well as the functioning of specific applications or underlying IT infrastructure; has analyzed phishing emails including email headers, malware, source code, acts as a first responder to account/system attacks and compromises to determine threat vectors and provide initial remediation; uses SIEM to monitor/analyze incidents, and works with stakeholders to resolve incidents; ; escalates incidents when necessary using policies and procedures, closely involved in developing, tuning and implementing threat detection analytics.

  • Act as network incident first responder for a 24/7 staffed SOC, reviewing and verifying system alerts
  • Assist with the development of incident response plans, workflows, and SOPs
  • Maintain security sensors and tools
  • Monitor security sensors and review logs to identify intrusions
  • Escalate security incidents using established policies and procedures
  • Uses tools and techniques to perform initial extraction, de-obfuscation, or other manipulation of malware-related data
  • Perform initial analysis of security events, network traffic, and logs to engineer new detection methods, or create efficiencies when available
  • Work directly with cyber threat intelligence analysts to convert intelligence into useful detection
  • Collaborate with an incident response team to rapidly build detection rules as needed
  • Identify incident root cause and take proactive mitigation steps
  • Perform lessons learned activities
  • Review vulnerabilities and track resolution
  • Review and process threat intel reports
  • Implement detection use cases
  • Implement IDS signatures
  • Assist with incident response efforts
  • Provide critical information for customer report briefs
  • Participate in customer security assessments
  • Participate in tabletop exercises

Tier 1 Cyber SOC Analyst Job Qualifications:

  • This position requires US Citizenship due to our Federal contractual obligation.
  • Bachelors Degree
  • 3 years of IT experience
  • 1 year of experience working in a SOC environment
  • Basic understanding of root causes of malware infections and proactive mitigation
  • Basic understanding of lateral movement and footholds
  • Basic understanding of data exfiltration techniques. Demonstrated ability in critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytics
  • Real world experience analyzing complex attacks and understand TTPs of threat actors
  • Define relationships between seemingly unrelated events through deductive reasoning
  • Basic, yet experienced in network/host-based intrusion analysis, malware analysis, forensics, and cyber threat intel
  • Basic knowledge of advanced threat actors and complex attacks
  • Basic knowledge of Splunk

Tier 1 Cyber SOC Analyst Preferred Skills:

  • Preferred Certifications: Security +, DoD certs, Formal training on anomaly detection; tool-specific training for data aggregation and analysis and threat intelligence
  • Basic knowledge of network routing and switching fundamentals to include knowledge of Multiprotocol Layer Switching (MPLS)
  • Basic technical understanding of operating systems, network architecture and design, Active Directory (AD) application log consumables, systems design as well as superior knowledge of technical operations process and procedures
  • Basic knowledge of encryption, key management and cryptology
  • Familiarity with the Risk Management Framework (NIST 800-37), Security Controls as described in NIST 800- 35, and the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) operating standards and applicable guidelines
  • Basic experienced in performing threat modeling, risk analysis, root cause analysis, risk identification, and risk mitigation
  • Basic experience with planning and implementing secure networking practices such as: application segmentation, network segmentation, NAC and other access control testing/validation, updating access control SOPs
  • Understanding of configurations and experience with an enterprise SIEM solution including signature tuning, development of correlation rules, reports, and alarms
  • Familiarity with a variety of web application protocols, web services (components including JavaScript, XML, JSON), scripting capabilities (Power Shell, Python) software development frameworks, operating systems, and networking technologies. Basic, yet experienced understanding of various web application frameworks such as ASP.NET, J2EE

Job Location:   Greenbelt, MD

Position Type:   Full-Time/Regular

All candidates must be clearable.

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 Defense Point Security is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse Community workforce. DPS gives equal consideration to all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class. 

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