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

Benefits: See Below


Defense Point Security is an IT Security Consulting firm specializing in public and private sector security solutions.  Our goal is to provide expert IT security services to our clients while cultivating information security knowledge among all employees for the advancement of cyber security.  Defense Point Security offers a competitive employment package including medical, vision, and dental insurance (among others).

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 Schedules


Defense Point Security is currently seeking a Security Operations Center (SOC) Lead in Greenbelt, MD.

SOC Lead Job Responsibilities:
The Security Operations Center Lead will possess in-depth knowledge on network, endpoint, threat intelligence, forensics and malware reverse engineering, as well as the functioning of specific applications or underlying IT infrastructure; SOC SOP development and maintenance; Develop customer and leadership presentations; thorough experience of incident management, root cause analysis; oversee security assessment and incident response protocols; establish and maintain metrics that help provide a high level of productivity, supportability, and operational readiness while also participating in project planning activities;

  • Lead the development of incident response plans, workflows, and SOPs
  • Develop and maintain the SOC personnel shift schedules
  • Provide technical guidance to the SOC team
  • Develop and administer SOC SOPs/processes and review their application to ensure that SOC's controls, policies, and procedures are operating effectively
  • Provide management oversight for the identification, triage and response of events or incidents of apparent security breaches
  • Produce and review aggregated performance metrics
  • Manage and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the SOC, through improvements to each function as well as coordination and communication between support and business functions
  • Play a significant role in long-term SOC strategy and planning, including initiatives geared toward operational excellence
  • Verify deployment and maintenance of security sensors and tools
  • Monitor security sensors and review logs to identify intrusions.
  • Verify scripting/programming language to extract, de-obfuscate, or otherwise manipulate malware related data.
  • Think critically and creatively while analyzing security events, network traffic, and logs to engineer new detection methods.
  • Work directly with SOC leadership on cyber threat intelligence analysts to convert intelligence into useful detection.
  • Collaborate with incident response team to rapidly build detection rules as needed.
  • Identify incident root cause and take proactive mitigation steps
  • Perform lessons learned activities
  • Mentor and provide training to SOC analysts and run brown bag training sessions.
  • Develop and maintain vulnerabilities and track resolution reports
  • Develop and present threat intel reports
  • Develop and implement detection use cases
  • Develop and implement IDS signatures
  • Assist with incident response efforts
  • Create and brief customer reports
  • Participate in on-call rotation for after-hours security and/or engineering issues
  • Perform customer security assessments
  • Develop and run table top exercises

SOC Lead Qualifications:

  • This position requires U.S. citizenship due to federal contractual obligations
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 10 years of IT and cyber experience
  • 3 years experience working in a SOC
  • 2-4 years experience performing threat modelling, risk analysis, root cause analysis, risk identification, and risk mitigation
  • Past SOC leadership experience, preferably with multiple federal agencies
  • Experience with Splunk and other cyber tools
  • 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
  • Knowledge of encryption, key management and cryptology
  • Experience 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
  • Experience planning and implementing secure networking practices such as: application segmentation, network segmentation, NAC and other access control testing/validation, updating access control SOPs
  • Ability to configure and develop an enterprise SIEM solution including signature tuning, development of correlation rules, reports, and alarms
  • Experience 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. 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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