Leidos is seeking an experienced Cyber Forensics and Malware Analyst to join our team on a highly-visible cyber security single-award IDIQ vehicle that provides security operations center (SOC) support, cyber analysis, application development, and a 24x7x365 support staff.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Security Operations Center (SOC) Support Services is a US Government program responsible to monitor, detect, analyze, mitigate, and respond to cyber threats and adversarial activity on the DHS Enterprise. The DHS SOC has primary responsibility for monitoring and responding to security events and incidents detected at the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) and Policy Enforcement Point (PEP) and is responsible for directing and coordinating detection and response activities performed by each Component SOC. Direction and coordination are achieved through a shared DHS incident tracking system and other means of coordination and communication.
Duties include maintaining a fly-away kit, performing dead box forensics, and dynamic malware analysis. Will support investigating computer and information security incidents to determine extent of compromise to information and automated information systems. Will provide network forensic and intrusion detection support to high technology investigations in the form of researching and will maintain proficiency in tools, techniques, countermeasures, and trends in computer network vulnerabilities, data hiding, network security and encryption. In addition, the Analyst will help cross train and mentor other SOC Support Staff. The Analyst should have experience in monitoring and detection, and incident response to support detection, containment, and eradication of malicious activities targeting customer networks. The analysts participate in briefings to provide expert guidance on new threats and will act as an escalation point for M&A analysts. The analyst may also be required to author reports and/or interface with customers for ad-hoc requests. In addition, Cyber Forensics and Malware Analyst may be asked to participate in discussions to make recommendations on improving SOC visibility or process.
The CFMA team provide support during core business hours (7am – 7pm), Monday thru Friday. Flexible start times are considered. Participates in rotating on call schedule.
Help define requirements and identify gaps for performing remote compromise assessments
Perform as a senior analyst and liaison between the customer and ESOC while performing remote assessments
Conduct malware analysis using static and dynamic methodologies (e.g. debuggers [Ollydbg], disassembler [IDA Pro], sandbox execution, etc)
Produce malware reports to disseminate to the watch floor and enterprise
Capture forensic artifacts such as memory and disk images
Work with the Splunk team to implement, enhance, or change existing use cases
Pivot on the forensic data working with the Cyber Threat Intelligence team to determine if the malware is part of a larger campaign, how DHS is being targeted and take any further remediation required
Lead remote compromise assessments and produce final assessment report
Perform live box and dead box forensics to identify compromise and attack vector
Provide input for SOC improvement and identify visibility gaps for enterprise monitoring
Deploy and configure network sensors (Suricata), manage Linux VMs (Security Onion, Ubuntu, CentOS), and maintain a small network
Potentially travel to other DHS locations (1-3 times/year) to support Incident Response investigations
Develop and maintain SOPs and ROE templates
Basic requirements that the recruiter should use as a filter:
Requires a minimum of a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, or related field PLUS eight (8) years of professional experience in incident detection and response, malware analysis, or cyber forensics.
Of the eight (8) years of professional experience requirements above, Cyber Forensics and Malware Analyst candidates shall have at least one (1) of the following specialized experience for their position:
Digital Media Forensics Analyst: Candidates shall have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience performing digital media forensic analysis, static malware code disassembly/analysis, and/or runtime malware code analysis.
Incident Response Analyst: Candidates shall have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience responding to information system security incidents. Ability to use the DHS furnished toolset to identify and determine root causes of incidents and provide any required documentation and possible evidence to security investigators.
Must have TS/SCI. In addition to specific security clearance requirements, all Department of Homeland Security SOC employees are required to obtain an Entry on Duty (EOD) clearance to support this program.
Must have at least one of the following certifications:
SANS GIAC: GCFA, GCFE, GREM, GXPN, GISF, GCTI, GOSI, or GCIH
ISC2: CCFP, CISSP
EC Council: CHFI, LPT, ECSA, CTIA
Offensive Security: OSCP, OSCE, OSWP and OSEE
Defense Cyber Investigative Training Academy: FTK WFE-FTK, CIRC, WFE-E-CI, FIW
Experience in supporting malware analysis and forensics in cyber operations, and/or federal law enforcement.
Understand and utilize Threat Intel Frameworks (e.g. Cyber Kill Chain, MITRE ATT&CK, Diamond Model)
Network tool (e.g. network tap, IDS sensors, etc) configuration for on-site assessment
Hands-on experience with Enase, FTK, FireEye HX, volatility, Security Onion, Suricata, Gigamon, VMWare ESXi, Splunk
Signature (e.g. Snort, Yara, Suricata) development/tuning
Expert knowledge in host-based analysis/forensics
Proficient in performing timeline analysis and extracting artifacts from digital media
Experienced reverse engineering and analyzing malware and developing a malware analysis report
Ability to perform in-depth network forensics
Develop and implement hunt methodologies for fly away assessments and for the SOC
Proficient in one more of the following computer languages Python, Bash, Visual Basic or Powershell in order to support cyber threat detection or reporting
Extensive knowledge about network ports and protocols (e.g. TCP/UDP, HTTP, ICMP, DNS, SMTP, etc)
Experienced with network topologies and network security devices (e.g. Firewall, IDS/IPS, Proxy, DNS, WAF, etc).
Proficient working in a Windows and Linux operating system
Pay Range:Pay Range $101,400.00 - $183,300.00
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.
Original Posting Date:12/11/2023
While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.
Leidos is a Fortune 500® innovation company rapidly addressing the world’s most vexing challenges in national security and health. The company's 47,000 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, 2023. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
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