Information Security Specialist II

Location: Sterling, VA


The Information Security Analyst is responsible for designing and implementing solutions for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information.
All the duties listed support one or more of the following cybersecurity related functions; information security, SA&A, incident response, cyber security, insider threat, computer forensics, vulnerability assessment and management, network data capture, intrusion detection, log management, auditing, security incident and event management (SIEM), and penetration testing.
Personnel assigned to this role will serve primarily on the Operations & Response (O&R) Team; this role may also support the Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Test (VAPT) and Engineering teams. This position is also responsible for coordinating with both the Cybersecurity Services Section and other sections or divisions within the client’s organization. These may include, but are not limited to, IT Operations, Engineering & Integration, Software Operations, and the Office of Investigative Technology.



  • Performs network security monitoring and incident response for a large organization.
  • Coordinates with other government agencies to record and report incidents.
  • Maintains records of security monitoring and incident response activities, utilizing case management and ticketing technologies.
  • Monitors Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) to identify security issues for remediation.
  • Recognizes potential, successful, and unsuccessful intrusion attempts and compromises thorough reviews and analyses of relevant event detail and summary information. Communicates alerts to agencies regarding intrusions and compromises to their network infrastructure, applications, and operating systems.
  • Assists with implementation of countermeasures or mitigating controls.
  • Supports efforts to consolidate and conduct comprehensive analysis of threat data obtained from classified, proprietary, and open-source resources to provide indication and warnings of impending attacks against unclassified and classified networks.
  • Supports Team Lead on developing recommendations for changes to Standard Operating Procedures and other similar documentation.
  • Monitors and reviews logs from existing security tools and creates new security tool signatures to ensure maximum performance and availability.
  • Performs all aspects of intrusion detection, log and audit management, network and database vulnerability assessment and compliance management, and security configuration.
  • Installs, configures, troubleshoots, and maintains server configurations (hardware and software) to ensure their confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Also manages accounts, security devices, and patches; responsible for access control/passwords/account creation and administration.
  • Analyze collected information to identify vulnerabilities and potential for exploitation.
  • Provides support in the identification, documentation, and development of computer and network security countermeasures.
  • Identifies network and operating systems vulnerabilities and recommends countermeasures.
  • Supports the deployment and integration of security tools as needed.
  • Prepares written reports and provides verbal information security briefings.
  • Investigates, monitors, analyzes, and reports on information security incidents.
  • Responds to crisis or urgent situations within the pertinent domain to mitigate immediate and potential threats.
  • Use mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery approaches, as needed to maximize information security.
  • Provides incident handling support for incident detection, analysis, coordination, and response.
  • Monitors network to actively remediate unauthorized activities.
  • Monitors intrusion detection sensors and log collection hardware and software to ensure systems are collecting relevant data.
  • Monitors all security systems to ensure maximum performance and availability.
  • Analyze computer security threat information from multiple sources, disciplines, and agencies across.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in one or more of the following disciplines or equivalent (documented formal training): computer science, information systems, engineering, business, physical science, or other technology-related discipline
  • Education Substitution:
    • Any combination of certificates such as Microsoft’s MCSE, or Cisco’s, CCNA, CCDA, or CCNP, may be considered equivalent to two (2) year of general experience / information technology experience. Certificates under the DoD IAM, IAT, IASAE, or CSSP Levels I, II or III may be considered equivalent to two (2) years of information security experience.
  • Three (3) years of documented work experience performing any combination of Information System Security, Security Assessment & Authorization, Cybersecurity, Computer Forensics, or Insider Threat
  • Secret clearance: must be eligible for a Top-Secret clearance, if requested.


Desired Qualifications:

  • CompTIA CySA+ cybersecurity analyst certification
  • Requirements analysis, program development activities, architecting, engineering, integrating, developing and/or deploying information technology products (hardware and software) in an enterprise environment
  • Ability to create and monitor multiple cybersecurity tools dashboards
  • Experience in Open-Source Intelligence gathering
  • Experience with Threat hunting and vulnerability assessment
  • Knowledge of SIEM tools and query generation
    General Experience: SOC (Security Operations Center) operations, vulnerability analysis, triaging, incident handling, reporting, ticket generation and handling, assisting with incident resolution.
    Relevant Cybersecurity Analyst Experience:
  • Work experience and knowledge in; vulnerability assessment, analysis, and mitigation; analyzing security system logs, security tools, and data; network monitoring, and intrusion detection using host-based and network-based intrusion detection systems (IDS) and log management applications; testing, installing, patching, and upgrading computer hardware and operating systems (Windows, and UNIX) in an enterprise environment; identifying, collecting, processing, documenting, reporting, cyber security/incident response events; architecting, engineering, developing and implementing cyber security/incident response policies and procedures; engineering, testing, installing, patching, and upgrading various information security hardware and software applications.
  • Familiarity with SourceFire, Arcsight, Splunk, NetWitness, Guidance Software, Digital Guardian, SureView, Intelliview, Nessus, and Foundstone.
  • Penetration testing experience for networks, web applications, and enterprise systems. Experience with Federal cybersecurity standards, industry best practices and guidelines.

Additional Information:
This position most closely aligns with the following Work Roles:

  • Cyber Defense Incident Responder, Work Role ID 531, (NIST: PR-IR-001)
  • Cyber Defense Analyst, Work Role ID 511, (NIST: PR-DA-001)

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