Cybersecurity Analyst I (Incident Response)

Location
Washington D.C
Posted
May 17, 2019
Closes
May 31, 2019
Ref
190450
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Department Marketing Statement

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 I - Incident Response (CAI - IR) role reports to the Program Lead, Incident Response. The CAI will monitor and identify network and endpoint intrusions; handle all security related incidents\events. This role will monitor pre-defined security alerts and work with managed security service providers (mssp) to triage and assess security events. The analyst will work to identify benign events verse legitimate security events then work with senior members of the team to continue the incident response process. The CAI shall partner with threat intelligence, analytics and monitoring personnel as a part of a holistic fusion program.

Minimum Qualifications

Education
  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Cybersecurity

Experience
  • No prior experience as a cybersecurity engineer\analyst (Information System Security Engineer/Officer (ISSO/ISSE) is required

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR PROGRESSION
  • Note: Progression is not automatic nor guaranteed and is dependent on successfully completing the specified workload requirements.
  • Candidates for promotion meet the minimum qualifications and work experience of the next career ladder series job before consideration for advancement.
  • Candidates must remain within the career ladder job for at least six months before consideration for advancement to the next career ladder job.*

* The 180-calendar day new hire probationary period must be met according to WMATA policy.

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.

Summary

The Cybersecurity Analyst I 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 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:
  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report

Closing

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists. Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

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.

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