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Cyber Intelligence Analyst

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
£45,000 to £60,000
Job Type
20 Sep 2022
Description Part of Northrop Grumman's Intelligence and Response (I&R) team, this role is a member of a small team that delivers computer network defence support in the UK, providing day-to-day security monitoring operations and services protecting NG's computing infrastructure from sophisticated threats and strategically positioning the infrastructure to defend against the threats of tomorrow. This position balances constantly shifting and competing priorities to respond to the fluid nature of the global cyber threat landscape. The I&R team is currently looking for an analyst with proven SOC experience. The analyst must be a highly motivated problem solver to act as a network forensic analyst and incident responder in the United Kingdom. They must be able to process and mitigate cyber threat actor activity. Participate as a junior member of a high performing, high profile team of information security and CI professionals. Adaptability, creativity, a commitment to mission, self-direction, and strong written/verbal communication skills are essential. Key responsibilities Perform analytical duties to include security monitoring, host and network based log analysis, correlation of network threat indicators and PCAP data, analytical triage, incident response (both intrusion and privacy related) Have knowledge of and be able to define and recommend security policy changes to security devices such as firewalls, proxies, email gateways, Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems, end-point application whitelisting and anti-virus solutions, and Data Loss Prevention solutions Undertake network forensic duties including: host- and network-based log analysis correlation of network threat indicators and PCAP data analytical triage and prioritisation of concurrent incidents incident time line generation root cause analysis and remediation independent generation of customised scripts to facilitate analysis and preparation of detailed written reports Perform host-based cyber forensics investigations (including live memory and system image acquisition, maintaining chain-of-custody, producing investigative reports) in support of data recovery, Incident Response, HR/Ethics employee investigations, Insider Threat investigations, and Legal/litigation cases as needed Collaborate with I&R and Strategic Counterintelligence (CI) analysts worldwide to co-ordinate a multi-tiered approach to cyber threat mitigation and tracking of trends which will result in the denial of current and future adversary actions Perform malware analysis to determine and mitigate again adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures, and undertake or assist with reverse engineering of adversary tools Execute cyber-threat hunting, vulnerability scanning, and penetration testing (as needed) Generate custom scripting and coding to facilitate effective processing of cyber threat related indicators and data Carry out cyber-threat intelligence and counter-intelligence missions as a key component of the analytic role, including Cyber Kill Chain reconstruction, identification/analysis/mitigation of adversary infrastructure and avenues of approach, and research on adversary attribution and intentions Conduct cyber-threat trend analysis and reporting, and devise pro-active mitigation's to reduce risk Assist in security architecture planning, design and testing of new technologies and capabilities to optimise security posture and cost effectiveness as needed Assist in cyber security-related business development efforts, to include program capture efforts, proposal strategy and planning, resource assessments, and direct-charge program SOC support as needed Establish and maintain positive working relationship with corporate network security stakeholders in EMEA and the U.S., as well as U.K. government/defence points of contact as necessary Produce high-quality written threat activity highlights and monthly summary reports to be incorporated into summaries for highest level corporate leadership dissemination Person Specification Essential Qualifications/Experience CSOC experience Experience in the analysis of network communication protocols at all layers of the OSI model Experience in an analytical role focused primarily on network forensic analysis Evidenced experience of conducting analysis of electronic media, log data, and network devices in support of intrusion analysis or enterprise level information security operations Track record of using two or more enterprise level perimeter or endpoint security products Experience of large data sets and high-performance computing systems in a high threat environment Experienced in applying and developing cyber threat intelligence methodologies Competency/Skill requirements Adept at two or more analysis and forensic tools used in a CSIRT or similar investigative environment Substantial awareness of current host, network vulnerabilities and exploits, advanced computer network exploitation methodologies and tools Broad knowledge of current and evolving Information Technology and Information Security practices Linux/Unix and Windows proficiency, including shell (bash, powershell, etc.) scripting An advanced user of Perl, Python, or other scripting languages preferred Able to exercise sound judgement when escalating issues A creative thinker, particularly around remediation and countermeasures to challenging information security threat Excellent interpersonal skills, able to engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and customersOther requirements This a remote role with minimum travel requirements: Occasional travel required (less than 10%), mainly in the UK to attend meetings and conferences, with a requirement from time-to-time to travel to the US. Valid UK passport. Clearance requirements: The post-holder must be able to hold and maintain UK SC Government clearance
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  • Job Reference: 717194402-2
  • Date Posted: 20 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Optamor
  • Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Salary: £45,000 to £60,000
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent