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IT Security Analyst

Posted 26 days ago

Long term contract Opportunity!

Position:  IT Security Analyst
Location: Columbia, SC 29210
Term: 6 Months Contract to hire

Day-to-Day Responsibilities:
  • Serve as escalation point in the SOC
  • Proactively drive hunting and analysis on behalf of multiple clients
  • Leverage internal and external resources and threat intelligence feeds to research threats, vulnerabilities, and intelligence on various attackers and attack infrastructure
  • Investigate novel and complex threats, then develop knowledge, playbooks, and automation.
  • Develop new use cases and playbooks/SOPs, as well as automation for recurring incidents and incident tasks
  • Improve DFIR processes and procedures to reduce false position alerts
  • Collaborate with technical and business SMEs to identify gaps to enhance security monitoring
  • Maintain Industry Training – This involves keeping up-to-date on security technologies, threats, and risk mitigation techniques
  • Maintain Knowledge of Current Threats – Keep up-to-date on current threats by regularly reading industry-related articles
  • Enhance vSOC with advanced skill sets such as SOC automation and orchestration to optimize SOC resource allocation
  • Case Management – ensuring the case management process is handled efficiently in a timely manner by all SOC personnel
  • SOC Activity Log –creating, reviewing, and maintaining entries, working with other analysts Report Creation – creating temporary or permanent reports for customers, as requested.
  • Customer Meetings – attending and/or leading customer meetings as part of incident response and incident handling
  • Training and Mentoring SOC personnel – Security Analysts are responsible for training new SOC employees; also responsible for training and mentoring existing SOC personnel on new technologies implemented by CenturyLink; also responsible for retraining SOC personnel, if necessary
  • Tuning – regularly performing tuning and filtering SIEM alerts and monitoring components to ensure only relevant security data is gathered
  • System Maintenance – assisting SOC Engineers with maintenance on security devices, as needed
  • Projects - May lead moderately complex security projects as assigned
  • Interface with customers on a daily basis to consult with them on best security practices and help them mature their security posture
  • Gain and maintain knowledge of Customer’s business and technical environment
  • Communicate incidents at an appropriate level of details with all levels of the organization

Is this a good fit? (Requirements):
  • 5+ years of Information Security experience
  • Expertise experience in Splunk preferred
  • Strong understanding of security principles such as attack frameworks, threat landscapes, attacker TTPs, etc.
  • Working experience with integration with different security systems and devices
  • 3+ years coding and scripting experience in Python, Linux shell scripting or Windows PowerShell scripting etc.
  • Working experience and knowledge of SOAR platforms and solutions
  • 2-4 years of systems analysis
  • Working knowledge of Linux and syslog from CLI
  • Proven ability and past experience performing moderately complex security analysis for information technology is required
  • Familiarization with a variety of information and network security monitoring tools (ArcSight SIEM, QRadar SIEM, Splunk, Arbor DDoS Mitigation, Cisco IDS/IPS, Netcool, and Imperva WAF, among others)
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team-centered environment
  • Must be U.S. citizen
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems or related field (Preferred)
  • 2-3 years of Managed Security Service Provider (preferred)
  • 3 to 4 years of senior SOC analyst experience
  • Threat Intelligence or Forensic background is a plus

Industry Certifications:
  • All Analysts should possess the background and experience necessary to obtain Industry or SOC specific certifications as instructed by management. Possible applicable certifications include, but are not limited to:
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (CISSP-ISSEP)
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)
  • Certified Incident Handler (ECIH)
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  • Cisco CCNA
  • Cisco CCNP + Security
  • GSEC
  • GCIH
  • GCIA
  • MCSE
  • Linux+

If this sounds like the perfect fit, Apply Today!

Candidates will be responsible for following the client's COVID-19 protocols. Please refer to your MATRIX representative for specifics.

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