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Job #: R-00111079
Location: Fort Belvoir, VA
Category: Cyber Operations
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $3000
Group: Defense

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Forensic Malware Specialist

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact?
Unleash your potential at Leidos, where we deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customer’s success. We empower our teams, contribute to our communities, and operate sustainably. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business. 

If this sounds like an environment where you can thrive, keep reading! 

Are you seeking a rewarding career in cybersecurity? Your search ends here! The Leidos Defense Group has an exciting opportunity for a Forensic Malware Specialist at Fort Belvoir, Virginia! As a key member of the DTRA I2TS IOC Cybersecurity department, you'll have the opportunity to provide critical support to 24x7x365 cybersecurity monitoring and response efforts across DTRA's distributed network operations environment. 

If you're passionate about keeping our nation's networks safe from cyber threats, this is the job for you! You'll work closely with DTRA ITSS II and contractor CSSP analysts and engineers, and collaborate with various teams to process intelligence, determine threats, develop mitigations, monitor for attacks, and assess risk. Your insights and expertise will be crucial in providing cyber-based situational awareness to agency leadership and stakeholders. 

Join a dynamic team of professionals and make a significant impact in the world of cybersecurity. Apply today to become a Forensic Malware Specialist with the Leidos Defense Group!

Your greatest work is ahead! 

The Mission 
The Leidos Defense Group provides a diverse portfolio of systems, solutions, and services covering land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace for customers worldwide. Solutions for Defense include enterprise and mission IT, large-scale intelligence systems, command and control, geospatial and data analytics, cybersecurity, logistics, training, and intelligence analysis and operations support. Our team is solving the world’s toughest security challenges for customers with “can’t fail” missions. From scanning for illicit material at ports and borders to predicting future events and instability up to five years in advance, our products help customers make the world safer. To explore and learn more, click here!  

Are you ready to join a team dedicated to a mission? Begin your journey of a flourishing and fulfilling career, share your resume with us today!

Your Main Objective: 

  • Monitor, provide forensic best practices, and deliver computer network defense services in a manner that effectively safeguards the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of DTRA-supported network environments and Information Technology infrastructure. 

  • Provide the required resources and expertise to ensure compliance with DoD CSSP Evaluators Securing Metrics (ESM), including the actions required to maintain and improve the security posture of a standalone Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device (FRED) workstation. 

  • Provide support within the existing CSSP structure, which includes four simultaneously running processes to assist and defend the system subscriber. Processes include a Protect Team, a Detect Team, a Response Team, and a Sustain Team. 

  • Possess the skills, knowledge, and experience required for accurately performing analysis and guiding the CSSP teams on the proper procedures for conserving digital evidence.

The Challenge:

  • In this role, you will be assigned to the Response and Detection team. Specific CSSP Forensic services include…

  • Ensuring forensically sound acquisition and preservation of incident data. Data includes volatile (i.e., system registers, cache, RAM), persistent (i.e., system images, logs, malware), and environmental (i.e., location, configuration data), as applicable.

  • A process for collecting relevant incident data (e.g., shutdown/disconnect policy, related system data collection, etc.)

  • Personnel can demonstrate audit log review process.

  • The CSSP Detect Team continuously monitors the DTRA enterprise network for unauthorized activity. 

  • Perform all source cyber threat research and analysis. 

  • Perform trending and analysis of the security posture of the agency and its subscribers. 

  • Perform proactive “hunting” for cybersecurity vulnerabilities and areas of concern. 

  • The CSSP Response Team supports incident response, analysis, and reporting as appropriate to the Tier I US CyberCom and DTRA Leadership. 

  • The Sustain Team maintains the integrity and security of the CSSP SecureNet enclaves and associated security tools, including Splunk, Bro, Symantec, Tipping Point IDS, security enclave, network taps, Sidewinder firewalls (etc.), and ensures compliance with the new Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements.

  • Performance measures for this requirement focus on compliance with cybersecurity standards for on-time reporting (consistent with CJCSM 6510.01B) and passing all DoD CSSP Evaluators Securing Metrics (ESM) reviews. 

  • The next re-certification will occur in 3rd Quarter Calendar Year (CY) 25. 

What Sets You Apart: 

  • Requires a BS degree and 5+ years of prior relevant experience.

  • Cyber Security Analyst and Forensic experience. 

  • Approved professional forensic training. 

  • Must have a current DoD Top Secret clearance with ability to obtain SCI.

  • DoD 8570 IAT II and CSSP Analyst certification, CYSA+ preferred. 

Clearance Required:

  • Current DoD Top Secret clearance with ability to obtain SCI.

At Leidos, the opportunities are boundless. We challenge our staff with interesting assignments that provide them with an opportunity to thrive, professionally and personally. For us, helping you grow your career is good business. We’d like to learn more about you, apply today!


Pay Range:

Pay Range $78,000.00 - $120,000.00 - $162,000.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 45,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

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Commitment to Diversity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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