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Job #: R-00114073
Location: Ashburn, VA
Category: Cyber Operations
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Remote Type: No Remote
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5,000
Group: Intelligence

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The Cyber Forensic Analyst will support a wide range of systems engineering, administration, and Cyber security & regulatory compliance services necessary to maintain and secure OPR information technology networks used in the detection and investigations of cybercrimes and CBP policy violations.

Primary Responsibilities:

The candidate shall provide support to CI in conjunction with OIT’s Cyber Defense Forensic (CDF) team in support of insider threat and security operations according to established policies, handbooks, and CBP CDF Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This support includes monitoring activities, conducting threat analysis, investigating policy violations, identifying mitigation and/or remediation courses of action, and assessing risk posed by trusted insiders. The main focus of this task is to process CBP email misuse “egress” cases assigned to OPR in the CBP OPR Joint Intake Case Management System (JICMS), work with the OIT Data Loss Prevention (DLP) tools to process incidents and assist with SOC Incidents / OPR investigations as needed. 

  • Provide recommendations for Information Spillage Incident Response efforts on handling and sanitization methods pursuant to industry best practices, NIST 800-88 recommendations, and Federal guidelines.

  • Conduct enterprise and individual system(s) endpoint (e.g., Windows, Linux, Mac, and Cloud systems) and network based digital forensic analysis

  • Conduct formal digital forensic investigations and document findings in formal investigation reports.

  • Perform Email hygiene activities in support of CBP investigations

  • Support enterprise recovery efforts as necessary to ensure that security events and incidents are properly remediated prior to reconstitution

  • Utilize state of the art forensics tools(FTK/Encase,etc) to perform computer, mobile phone forensics and memory analysis (volatility, rekall)  in support of incident response. 

  • Conduct reverse engineering of suspicious files utilizing dynamic, automated and static analysis

  • Properly preserve evidence, maintain chain of custody and write malware analysis or forensic reports.

  • Recognize attacker and APT activity, tactics, and procedures as indicators of compromise (IOCs) that can be used to improve monitoring, analysis and incident response.

  • Install, secure, maintain and recommend forensic software and hardware within a Forensic Lab environment while following established configuration management processes.

  • Develop and build security content, scripts, tools, or methods to enhance forensic processes.

  • Effectively investigate and identify root cause findings then communicate findings to stakeholders including technical staff, and leadership.

  • Develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires BS degree and 8-12 or more years of relevant experience or Masters Degree with less than 3 years of relevant experience. Four years of related experience may be considered in lieu of a BS degree, with applicable cyber experience and certifications.

  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, IT, Information/Cyber Security field from an accredited college or university

  • Flexible and adaptable self-starter with strong relationship-building skills

  • Strong problem solving abilities with an analytic and qualitative eye for reasoning under pressure

  • Ability to independently prioritize and complete multiple tasks with little to no supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SANS GREM certification

  • Experience performing computer forensics in Federal Government, DOD or Law Enforcement 

  • Ability to script in one more of the following computer languages Python, Bash, Visual Basic or Powershell

  • Cyber Kill Chain Knowledge

  • Advanced understanding of multiple Operating Systems, monitoring and detection techniques and methods, and Incident Response Lifecycle

  • Prior experience with CBP/DHS

  • Between 1-2 years of experience in two or more of these specialized areas:

    • Insider Threat

    • Digital media forensic

    • Monitoring and detection

    • Incident Response

Clearance: All CBP SOC employees are required to successfully complete a CBP Background Investigation to support this program

Pay Range:

Pay Range $97,500.00 - $176,250.00

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 46,000 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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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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