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Cyber Intelligence Analyst

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Job 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.

Different thinking for a Different world

Northrop Grumman is involved in a range of future game-changing defence and security programmes. Whether this is as a partner in the F-35 Lightning II providing the aircraft with much of its situational awareness and communications, as a leading specialist in large intelligence datasets, as a pre-eminent provider of High Altitude Long Endurance unmanned aircraft systems, or as the ‘go to’ provider for truly open system architectures for battlespace networks, communications, and command and control, Northrop Grumman has an unparalleled reputation as an innovator. 

How you will make a difference
The I&R team is currently looking for an entry level analyst with 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:
o host- and network-based log analysis
o correlation of network threat indicators and PCAP data
o analytical triage and prioritisation of concurrent incidents
o incident timeline generation
o root cause analysis and remediation
o independent generation of customized 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 mitigations to reduce risk
  • Provide security consulting and briefing support to company leadership in the areas of policy, cyber threats, cyber exercises, network security infrastructure/products
  • 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
  • Support production of cyber-threat educational material for employees. 

General Operational duties:
  • Attend Security department meetings as required
  • Remain compliant with all applicable Security/Information Security processes and procedures
  • Support the EMEA Security Manager in maintaining and advancing a fit-for-purpose I&R response in the UK
Essential 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
Desirable qualifications and experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a Computer Science/Engineering related field
  • Hold one of of the following technical certifications (or equivalent):
o GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) / GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
o GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) / GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE)
o GIAC Network Forensic Analyst (GNFA)
o GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM)
o GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN)
o GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI)
o Certified Computer Forensic Examiner (CCFE)
o Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
o EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCe)
o Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
o Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
  • Familiarity with current information security threats facing aerospace defence contractors or Government systems
  • Knowledge/experience of ISO20000 & ISO27001
  • Previous experience performing Red/Blue Team activities

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 judgment when escalating issues
  • A creative thinker, particularly around remediation and countermeasures to challenging information security threats
  • Self-motivated, able to work autonomously and collaboratively as part of a wider, virtual team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and customers
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Strong analytical skills, adept at trouble-shooting and problem-solving, with excellent attention to detail
  • Flexible and responsive attitude
  • Highly-organised and proficient at multi-tasking, working with and resolving competing priorities
  • Strong customer orientation
Additional Information:
  • Looking for flexibility? Speak to us at application stage about what may be possible.
  • Applicants will be required to hold and maintain UK Government Security Clearance
  • 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.