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Cyber Threat Hunter Analyst

Company: Leidos Holdings Inc.
Location: Ashburn
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:


Job Description:

Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Security Operations Center (SOC) Support Services is a US Government program responsible to monitor, detect, analyze, mitigate, and respond to cyber threats and adversarial activity on the DHS Enterprise. The DHS SOC has primary responsibility for monitoring and responding to security events and incidents detected at the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) and Policy Enforcement Point (PEP) and is responsible for directing and coordinating detection and response activities performed by each Component SOC. Direction and coordination are achieved through a new shared DHS incident tracking system and other means of coordination and communication. Leidos has an immediate need for a Cyber Threat Hunter to join our SOC Cyber Team. The ideal Cyber Threat Hunter is process driven, curious, and enjoys identifying patterns and anomalies in data that are not immediately obvious.

* This position is eligible for a sign on bonus!

Primary Responsibilities

* Create Threat Models to better understand the DHS IT Enterprise, identify defensive gaps, and prioritize mitigations
* Author, update, and maintain SOPs, playbooks, work instructions
* Utilize Threat Intelligence and Threat Models to create threat hypotheses
* Plan and scope Threat Hunt Missions to verify threat hypotheses
* Proactively and iteratively search through systems and networks to detect advanced threats
* Analyze host, network, and application logs in addition to malware and code
* Prepare and report risk analysis and threat findings to appropriate stakeholders
* Create, recommend, and assist with development of new security content as the result of hunt missions to include signatures, alerts, workflows, and automation.
* Coordinate with different teams to improve threat detection, response, and improve overall security posture of the Enterprise

Basic Qualifications

Positions at this career level typically require BS degree or equivalent and 8-12 years of prior relevant experience

All Department of Homeland Security CBP SOC employees are required to favorably pass a 5-year (BI) Background Investigation. Experience in the areas of incident detection and response, malware analysis, or computer forensics.

Must have one of the following certifications:

* SANS GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler)
* SANS GCFA (GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst)
* SANS GCIA (GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst)
* SANS GNFA (GIAC Network Forensic Analyst)
* SANS GWAPT (GIAC Web Application Pentester)
* SANS GPEN (GIAC Penetration Tester)
* Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)

Preferred Qualifications

* Expertise in network and host-based analysis and investigation
* Demonstrated experience planning and executing threat hunt missions
* Understanding of complex Enterprise networks to include routing, switching, firewalls, proxies, load balancers
* Working knowledge of common (HTTP, DNS, SMB, etc) networking protocols
* Familiar with operation of both Windows and Linux based systems
* Proficient with scripting languages such as Python or PowerShell
* Familiarity with Splunk Search Processing Language (SPL) and/or Elastic Domain Specific Language (DSL)
* Demonstrated experience triaging and responding to APT activities.
* Experience working with various technologies and platform such as AWS, Azure, O365, containers, etc.
* Understanding of current cyber threat landscape, the different tactics commonly used by adversaries and how you would investigate, contain and recover against their attacks.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $97,500.00 - $150,000.00 - $202,500.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500 technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company's 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

Pay and Benefits

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

Securing Your Data

Beware of fake employment opportunities using Leidos' name. Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information during any part of the employment application process (i.e., ask you for money), nor will Leidos ever advance money as part of the hiring process (i.e., send you a check or money order before doing any work). Further, Leidos will only communicate with you through emails that are generated by the automated system - never from free commercial services (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail) or via WhatsApp, Telegram, etc. If you received an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information (e.g., about you or your previous employer), and you are concerned about its legitimacy, please make us aware immediately by emailing us at [email protected].

If you believe you are the victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement and report the incident to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Commitment to Diversity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

Keywords: Leidos Holdings Inc., Germantown , Cyber Threat Hunter Analyst, Professions , Ashburn, Maryland

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