Job Spotlight: Cyber Watch Analyst (Various Hours)

Written September 28th, 2021

Post Tags: cybersecurity, hiring, job openings

This week we’re highlighting our Cyber Watch Analyst position, one of several such job openings we have open right now as NetCentrics continues to grow.

Cyber Watch Analysts perform crucial cybersecurity duties

What a Cyber Watch Analyst Does

We have a few cyber watch analyst positions open, and the requirements between them vary somewhat. However, in general, the primary duties include:

  • Support operational watch and situational awareness
  • Provide situational awareness and readiness reporting to leadership
  • Support coordination and information collection related to incidents, investigations, Task Orders, and other communications
  • Monitor and analyze Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) to identify security issues for remediation
  • Recognize potential, successful and unsuccessful intrusion attempts and compromises thorough reviews and analyses of relevant event detail and summary information
  • Maintain IDS signatures and policies
  • Be able to modify/add custom IDS policies and signatures to account for lack of monitoring in threat areas as warranted by threat changes, such as zero-day attacks.

Requirements for the Cyber Watch Analyst Position

This position requires a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) Clearance, the ability to obtain and maintain a Counterintelligence (CI) polygraph, and the ability to work in person in Washington, D.C. (Note: not all NetCentrics positions require government clearances, polygraphs, or on-site work, but many do.)

Every Cyber Watch Analyst brings his/her unique range of cybersecurity defense experience. We evaluate based on these primary requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 7 years of related working experience
  • Experience with security technologies including Intrusion Detection & Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), Firewalls & Log Analysis, Security Event and Incident Management (SEIM), Antivirus, Network Packet Analyzers, Security Systems Manager, malware analysis, forensics tools and reverse engineering
  • Experience with Linux and Windows operating systems
  • Knowledge of industry accepted standards and best practices related to incident response operations
  • See the job listings page for more specific requirements

How to Become a Cyber Watch Analyst

The Cyber Watch Analyst positions at NetCentrics are not entry-level positions. However, Springboard, an online learning portal, offers solid skill recommendations for those seeking a career in cybersecurity. It is well known that the cybersecurity field is in great demand – there is a talent shortfall of more than 3.5 million people, worldwide.

In addition to essential technical skills, specific certifications can help one get started: CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and/or CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) are two examples. But, given how fast the industry evolves, and the diverse skillsets required, a quick check of Twitter will show that cybersecurity professionals come from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds.

Additionally, Springboard recommends three crucial soft skills: communication, curiosity, and attention to detail.

If that sounds like you, please be in touch!

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