OCTO – Tier 3 SOC Analyst (605612)

Contract with Government of the District of Columbia
OCTO – 200 I Street, SE Washington DC 20003
Position closes 09/20/2019

US Citizens or Green Card Holders Only

Short Description:

Monitoring, detecting, analyzing, remediating, and reporting on Cyber events and incidents impacting the tech infrastructure of the District of Columbia. Serves as advanced escalation point.

Skills/Required Years of Experience:

Hands-on operational experience as a cybersecurity analyst/engineer in a security operations center, or equivalent knowledge. (Required 5 years)
In-depth understanding of cybersecurity attack countermeasures for adversarial activities such as malicious code, DDOS, and phishing. (Required 5 years)
In-Depth Hands-On Experience Analyzing And Responding To Security Events And Incidents With Security Information And Event Management System (SIEM) (Required 5 years)
Strong knowledge of cybersecurity attack methodology to include tactics and techniques, and associated countermeasures. (Required 5 years)
Strong Knowledge Of Tcp/Ip Protocols, Services, Networking, And Experience Identifying, Analyzing, Containing, And Eradicating Cybersecurity Threat (Required 5 years)
11-15 yrs implementing, administering, and operating IS tech such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, SIEM, Antivirus, net traffic analyzers, and malware analysis (Required 11 years)
11-15 yrs yrs utilizing advanced experience with scripting and tool automation such as Perl, PowerShell, Regex (Required 11 years)
11-15 yrs developing, leading and executing information security incident response plans (Required 11 years)
11-15 yrs yrs developing standard and complex IT solutions & services, driven by business requirements and industry standards (Required 11 years)
BS Degree in IT, Cybersecurity, Engineering or equivalent experience (Required)

Complete Description:

The SOC Analyst – Tier 3 is cybersecurity technical resource responsible for providing technical analytical oversight over a team of Tier 2 and 1 SOC Analysts to monitor, detect, analyze, remediate, and report on cybersecurity events and incidents impacting the technology infrastructure of the Government of the District of Columbia. The ideal candidate will have an advanced technical background with significant experience in an enterprise successfully leading a SOC team or unit responsible for analysis and correlation of cybersecurity event, log, and alert data. The candidate will be skilled in understanding, recognition, and root-cause detection of cybersecurity exploits, vulnerabilities, and intrusions in host and network-based systems.


  • Utilize advanced technical background and experience in information technology and incident response handling to scrutinize and provide corrective analysis to escalated cybersecurity events from Tier 2 analysts—distinguishing these events from benign activities, and escalating confirmed incidents to the Incident Response Lead.
  • Provide in-depth cybersecurity analysis, and trending/correlation of large data-sets such as logs, event data, and alerts from diverse network devices and applications within the enterprise to identify and troubleshoot specific cybersecurity incidents, and make sound technical recommendations that enable expeditious remediation.
  • Proactively search through log, network, and system data to find and identify undetected threats.
  • Support security tool/application tuning engagements, using McAfee ESM and McAfee ePO, with analysts and engineers to develop/adjust rules and analyze/develop related response procedures, and reduce false-positives from alerting.
  • Identify, verify, and ingest indicators of compromise and attack (IOC’s, IOA’s) (e.g., malicious IPs/URLs, etc.) into network security tools/applications to protect the Government of the District of Columbia network.
  • Quality-proof technical advisories and assessments prior to release from SOC.
  • Coordinate with and provide expert technical support to enterprise-wide technicians and staff to resolve confirmed incidents.
  • Report common and repeat problems, observed via trend analysis, to SOC management and propose process and technical improvements to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of alert notification and incident handling.
  • Formulate and coordinate technical best-practice SOPs and Runbooks for SOC Analysts.
  • Respond to inbound requests via phone and other electronic means for technical assistance, and resolve problems independently. Coordinate escalations with Incident Response Lead and collaborate with internal technology teams to ensure timely resolution of issues.


  • Five years of demonstrated operational experience as a cybersecurity analyst/engineer handling and coordinating cybersecurity incidents and response in critical environments, and/or equivalent knowledge in areas such as; technical incident handling and analysis, intrusion detection, log analysis, penetration testing, and vulnerability management.
  • In-depth understanding of current cybersecurity threats, attacks and countermeasures for adversarial activities such as network probing and scanning, distributed denial of service (DDoS), phishing, ransomware, botnets, command and control (C2) activity, etc.
  • In-depth hands-on experience analyzing and responding to security events and incidents with most of the following technologies and/or techniques; leading security information and event management (SIEM) technologies, intrusion detection/prevention systems (IDS/IPS), network- and host-based firewalls, network access control (NAC), data leak protection (DLP), database activity monitoring (DAM), web and email content filtering, vulnerability scanning tools, endpoint protection, secure coding, etc.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, organizational, oral, and customer service skills.
  • Strong knowledge of TCP/IP protocols, services, and networking.
  • Knowledge of forensic analysis techniques for common operating systems.
  • Adept at proactive search, solicitation, and detailed analysis of threat intelligence (e.g., exploits, IOCs, hacking tools, vulnerabilities, threat actor TTPs) derived from open-source resources and external entities, to identify cybersecurity threats and derive countermeasures, not previously ingested into network security tools/applications, to apply to protect the Government of the District of Columbia network.
  • Excellent ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage time and tasks effectively.
  • Ability to work effectively in stressful situations.
  • Strong attention to detail.


  • Undergraduate degree in computer science, information technology, or related field.
  • SANS GCIA, GCED, GPEN, GCIH or similar industry certification desired.


  1. Coordinates it project management, engineering, maintenance, qa, and risk management.
  2. Plans, coordinates, and monitors project activities.
  3. Develops technical applications to support users.
  4. Develops, implements, maintains and enforces documented standards and procedures for the design, development, installation, modification, and documentation of assigned systems.
  5. Provides training for system products and procedures.
  6. Performs application upgrades.
  7. Performs, monitoring, maintenance, or reporting on real- time databases, real-time network and serial data communications, and real-time graphics and logic applications.
  8. Troubleshoots problems.
  9. Ensures project life-cycle is in compliance with district standards and procedures.

Background check is required, if selected for the position.
There are no reimbursable expenses allocated to this position.

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