Senior Threat Analyst | Remote, USA
Optiv Security

Chicago, Illinois

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At Optiv, we're on a mission to help our clients make their businesses more secure. We're one of the fastest-growing companies in a truly essential industry. Join us.

The Sr Threat Analyst will provide deep level analysis for client investigations utilizing customer provided data sources, audit and monitoring tools at both the government and enterprise level. The Sr Threat Analyst will work closely with our Technology Engineers, Architects, and Threat Analysts to service customers.

How you'll make an impact

    • Analyze, document and report on potential security incidents identified in customer environments
    • Work with partners to maintain an understanding of security threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits that could impact systems, networks, and assets
    • Provide analysis on various security enforcement technologies including, but not limited to SIEM, anti-virus, content filtering/reporting, malware prevention, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, web application firewalls, messaging security platforms, vulnerability scanners etc.
    • Perform knowledge transfers, document and train clients regarding mitigation of identified threats
    • Provide ongoing recommendations to peers and customers on tuning and best practices
    • Actively research current threats and attack vectors being exploited in the wild
    • Actively work with analysts and perform investigations on escalations
    • Ability to discuss security posture with multiple clients and make recommendations to better their holistic security approach
    • Provide gap analysis for clients to better their security posture
    • Maintain and develop SOP's for threat analyst team
    • Develop and maintain Playbooks and runbooks
    • Work with internal teams to increase efficiency and effectiveness of security analysis provided by the threat analysis team
    • Training of new analysts on security and tools
    • Create and maintain Content Catalog based on security essentials and the evolving threat landscape
    • Provide quality assurance (QA) review of security alerts handled by Team members

Qualifications for success:
    • Experience and Skills (General):
    • Five or more years of full-time professional experience in the Information Security field
    • Experience working in a Security Operations Center (SOC), Managed Security Service (MSS), or enterprise network environment
    • Excellent time management, reporting, and communication skills
    • Ability to generate comprehensive written reports and recommendations
    • Write professional emails
    • Coaching and training experience
    • Previous experience as a point of escalation in a technical environment
    • Customer interactions and creation of executive presentations
    • Trending and analysis
    • Understanding of contemporary security architectures/devices such as firewalls, routers, switches, load balancers, remote access technologies, anti-malware, SIEM, and AV
    • Ability to troubleshoot technical problems and ask probing questions to find the root cause or a problem
    • Experience and Skills (Technical)
    • Data analysis using SIEM, Database tools, and Excel
    • Experience troubleshooting security devices and SIEM
    • Ability to create and maintain content within SIEM environments and make recommendations to clients to better their visibility
    • IDS monitoring/analysis with tools such as Sourcefire and Snort
    • Experience with SIEM platforms preferred (QRadar, LogRhythm, McAfee/Nitro, ArcSight, Splunk) a plus
    • Familiarity with web based attacks and the OWASP Top 10 at a minimum
    • Attack vectors and exploitation
    • Mitigation
    • Direct (E.g. SQL Injection) versus indirect (E.g. cross-site scripting) attacks
    • Familiarity with SANS top 20 critical security controls
    • Understand the foundations of enterprise Windows security including:
    • Active Directory
    • Windows security architecture and terminology
    • Privilege escalation techniques
    • Common mitigation controls and system hardening
    • Anti-Virus (AV) and Host Based Intrusion Prevention (HIPS)
    • Experience in monitoring at least one commercial AV solution such as (but not limited to) McAfee/Intel, Symantec, Sophos or Trend Micro
    • Ability to identify common false positives and make suggestions on tuning
    • Malware
    • Understanding of root causes of malware and proactive mitigation
    • Propagation of malware in enterprise environments
    • Familiarity with web based exploit kits and the methods employed by web based exploit kits
    • Familiarity with concepts associated with Advanced Persistent Threats and "targeted malware"
    • Experience with malware protection tools such as FireEye a plus.
    • Understanding of malware mitigation controls in an enterprise environment.
    • Network Based Attacks / System Based Attacks
    • Denial of Service Attacks
    • HTTP Based DoS Attacks
    • Network Based DoS Attacks
    • Brute force attacks
    • Covert channels, egress, and data exfiltration techniques
    • Familiarity with vulnerability scoring systems such as CVSS
    • Basic understanding of vulnerability assessment tools such as vulnerability scanners and exploitation frameworks


    • MUST HAVE:
    • Shift flexibility, including the ability to provide on call support when needed
    • Demonstrated experience and success in a Managed Service client environment
    • Valid driver's license
    • Ability to work greater than 40 hours per week as needed
    • Ability to travel up to ten percent of the time
    • Ability to act as a part-time on-call escalation point for security incidents
    • High School Diploma or equivalent experience


    • DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
    • Experience working with Incident Ticketing Systems (i.e. ServiceNow, Remedy, RemedyForce, Heat, etc.).
    • General security knowledge (GCIA, CISSP, CCSE, CISA, HBSS, NSA, CEH, Cisco Security, Security +, OSCP or other security certifications).
    • CCNA, CCDA, CCSA, CCIE, CISSP, CEH, or MCSE.


    • #LI-MS1

With Optiv you can expect:

• A company committed to championing Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion through Affinity groups including but not limited to, Women's Network, Optiv Pride, Black Employee Network, and Veterans Support Network.

• Work/life balance. We offer "Recharge" a flexible, time-off program that encourages eligible employees to take the time they need to recharge

• Professional training resources, including tuition reimbursement

• Creative problem-solving and the ability to tackle unique, complex projects

• Volunteer Opportunities. "Optiv Chips In" encourages employees to volunteer and engage with their teams and communities.

• The ability and technology necessary to productively work remote/from home (where applicable)

If you are seeking a culture that supports growth, fosters success, and moves the industry forward, find your place at Optiv! As a market-leading provider of cyber security solutions, Optiv has the most comprehensive ecosystem of security products and partners to deliver unparalleled services. Our rich and successful history with our clients is based on trust, serving more than 12,000 clients of varying sizes and industries, including commercial, government, and education. We have the proven expertise to plan, build, and run successful security programs across Risk Management, Cyber Digital Transformation, Threat Management, Security Operations - Managed Services, and Identity and Data Management.

Optiv is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.


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