Cybersecurity Analyst II (Monitoring)

Location
Washington D.C
Posted
May 23, 2022
Closes
May 30, 2022
Ref
220406
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is building a state-of-the-art cybersecurity program to better protect the critical transit infrastructure supporting our nation's capital. The Cybersecurity Analyst II (Monitoring) role reports to the Manager, Security Operations Center. The Cybersecurity Analyst II (CAII - Monitoring) will assist with continuous monitoring of all security related events from a wide variety of tools to identify and mitigate security incidents. The CAII follows defined workflows and processes, and updates and develops workflows and processes as needed for threat remediation and escalation; updates various tools for increased security visibility (e.g. SIEM rules\alerts, etc.); assists with the capturing of all relevant data into the specified monitoring applications needed for incident response and security operations; and imports the provided indicators of compromise (IOCs) into various tools for proactive detection and monitoring. The CAII shall partner with incident response, threat intelligence, and threat hunting personnel as a part of a holistic fusion program.

Minimum Qualifications

Education
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

Experience
  • Two (2) years of experience as a cybersecurity officer/engineer, information systems security officer, or specialized expertise in cyber policy, intelligence, analytics, budget, audit, metrics, or training such that it meets the specific role posted

Preferred

Education
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Cybersecurity or a related technical field

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary

The Cybersecurity Analyst II is responsible for identifying and remediating security threats. The analyst designs defensive measures and monitor information collected from a variety of sources to identify, analyze, and report events that occur or might occur within the network to protect information, information systems and networks from threats.

Essential Functions
  • Supports data analytics strategies based on the the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. This includes analyzing threat information from multiple sources, disciplines, and agencies across the Intelligence Community; Synthesizing and placing intelligence information in context; draws insights about the possible implications. Ensures threats and vulnerabilities are identified as early as possible and mitigated.
  • Employs the best practices of cyber threat indicators, attacks and compromise monitoring to maintain awareness of the status of the highly dynamic operating environment. Coordinates and performs the collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination of cyber threat/warning assessments.
  • Collects intelligence of data from a variety of cyber defense tools (e.g., IDS alerts, firewalls, network traffic logs) and analyzes events that occur within the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)'s environments (on-premises and cloud) for the purposes of mitigating threats.
  • Contributes to the development of assessment plans and measures of performance and effectiveness. Conducts strategic and operational effectiveness assessments as required for cyber events. Determines whether systems performed as expected and provides input to the determination of operational effectiveness. Ensures that WMATA has a properly managed cyber analysis framework.
  • Assimilates data and information from analytics and intelligence to support the creation of dashboards which inform senior leaders regarding the security posture of the organization. Generates routine and urgent reports and action plans to support enhanced security procedures and response measures to ongoing or imminent threats.
  • Analyzes defensive and simulated offensive results, techniques used and information collected from a variety of sources to identify, and reports events that occur or might occur within the network to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats.
  • Responds to routine and urgent cybersecurity situations within the pertinent domain to mitigate immediate and potential cyber threats. Uses mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery approaches to maximize safety, preservation of property, and information security. Investigates and analyzes all relevant incident response activities. Ensures real-time cyber defense incident handling tasks are executed (e.g., forensic collections, intrusion correlation and tracking, threat analysis, and direct system remediation) to support deployable Incident Response Teams (IRTs).
  • Provides incident response support functions through technical activities that gather evidence on criminal or foreign intelligence entities to mitigate possible or real-time threats, protect against insider threats, sabotage, international terrorist activities, and to support other intelligence activities. Investigates, analyzes, and responds to cyber incidents within the network environment or enclave. Ensures that the organization responds to attacks quickly and eliminates threats.
  • Provides consultation support for the program to establish relationships, between the incident response team and other groups, both internal (e.g., General Counsel's Office) and external (e.g., law enforcement agencies, vendors, public relations professionals). Ensure the organization can respond to attacks quickly and eliminate threats.
  • Applies tactics, techniques, and procedures for a full range of investigative tools and processes to include, but not limited to, interviews, cyber surveillance, counter surveillance, and surveillance detection, and appropriately balances the benefits of intelligence gathering.
  • Supports the activities to produce timely, fused, all-source cyber operations intelligence and/or indications and warnings intelligence products (e.g., threat assessments, briefings, intelligence studies, country studies). Analyzes collected information to identify vulnerabilities and potential for exploitation. Ensures that the reporting of all cyber events/activity are presented in a timely and actionable media; relevant to cyber intelligence and security best practices.
  • Supports detailed intelligence plans to satisfy cyber operations requirements. Collaborates with cyber operations planners to identify, validate, and impose requirements for collection and analysis. Participates in targeting selection, validation, synchronization, and execution of cyber actions. Synchronizes intelligence activities to support organization objectives in cyberspace.
  • Supports the monitoring of all defensive measures and information collected from a variety of sources to identify, analyze, and report events that occur or might occur within the network to protect information, information systems, and networks from internal and external threats. Takes appropriate action by reporting, remediating and/or providing preventive recommendations being the liaison between the security engineering and the authorizing official if required. Ensures that the analysis of the information from various sources within the enterprise is executed and recognizes a possible security violation or threat.
  • Performs analysis to identify, collect, examine, and preserve evidence using controlled and documented analytical and investigative techniques. Analyzes digital evidence and investigates computer security incidents to derive useful information in support of system/network vulnerability mitigation. Ensures that forensically sound collection of images and inspection is done to discern possible mitigation/remediation on enterprise systems.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


Closing

WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.