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Security Analyst

IT | Irvine, CA | Contract

Job Description

The Security Analyst ensures their company’s information systems and computer networks are secure. This includes protecting the company against hackers and cyber-attacks, as well as monitoring network traffic and server logs for activity that seems unusual. Additionally, the Analyst is responsible for finding vulnerabilities in the computer networks and creating recommendations for how to minimize these vulnerabilities. The Security Analyst investigates security breaches, develops strategies for any security issues that arise, and utilizes the help of firewalls and antivirus software to maintain security.

Additionally, it is the responsibility of the Security Analyst to educate the company’s employees about security issues; for example, they instruct employees on ways they can help keep their computer information secure and best practices for choosing and storing passwords.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify unsuccessful and successful intrusion attempts by reviewing and analyzing security events logs and event summary information.
  • Ensure the integrity and protection of networks; audit network security system to identify and protect areas of vulnerability.
  • Monitor SIEM and look for any signs of concerning issues(IE Malware, large outbound data being sent, Odd user behavior).
  • Monitor and dig into Proxy Logs and look for systems with malicious call back attempts or bot activity.
  • Monitor and dig into End Point Protection Logs and look for infected systems, scripts being blocked that are legit or bad scripts running and conduct upgrades of agent and settings as needed.
  • Basic understanding of Change Control approach and submitting Change Controls.
  • Basic understanding and concepts of Project management, know how to be a part of a bigger project and play a part into delivering tasks and responsibilities.
  • Monitor, investigate and interpret SIEM logs and alarms for Information Security events.
  • Investigate and document gaps in existing controls.
  • Assist in creating documentation for policies and procedures as needed.
  • Participate in documenting investigations.
  • Contribute to Incident Response activities.
  • Analyze and interpret malware, exploit and threat activities.
  • Perform audits of information systems and controls.
  • Conduct regular vulnerability scans on systems and applications.

Requirements:

  • Three (3) years of IT security related experience.
  • Proficiency with vulnerability scanning, remediation, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • Working Knowledge of data security, network security, systems and applications security.
  • Experience administering firewalls, IDS/IPS, SIEM and other security technologies.
  • General knowledge of Information Security concepts, policies, and procedures.
  • Excellent verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent problem solving techniques and listening skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Experience:

  • IT security certifications (Security+, CISA, CISSP, or GIAC).
  • Three (3) years of IT security related experience.