Information System Security Analyst - Principal 1

Pensacola, FL

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We are looking for candidates to help deliver full lifecycle development and sustainment for the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS). The NCPS assists more than 100 federal civilian government agencies with the protection of their networks against advanced cyber threats. Under this contract, you will support the government in the design, development, operations and maintenance services for the NCPS. Together we will build the mission critical cybersecurity solutions that will enable the timely dissemination of threat warnings and improve information sharing across DHS's stakeholder community.

Responsibilities will include:
•Provide support in the detection, response, mitigation, and reporting of cyber threats affecting client networks
•Maintain an understanding of the current vulnerabilities, response, and mitigation strategies used in cyber security operations
•Produce reports and briefs to provide an accurate depiction of the current threat landscape and associated risk. Accomplish this through the use of customer, community, and open source reporting
•Provide analysis for correlated information sources
•Facilitate the customer's posturing itself to aggressively investigate cyber activity targeting customer information and its information infrastructure
•Assist the customer training department in the education of staff on the cyber threat
•Liaison with other government cyber threat analysis entities, such as intra-agency and inter-agency Cyber Threat Working Groups
•Maintaining proficiency in the use and production of visualization charts, link analysis diagrams, and database queries
•Analyze and report cyber threats as well as assist in deterring, identifying, monitoring, investigating and analyzing computer network intrusions
•Additional duties may include providing intrusion support to high technology investigations in the form of computer evidence seizure, computer forensic analysis, data recovery, and network assessments
•Meet and maintain customer required Information Assurance training compliance
•Ability to support shift work
Required Skills:
 Must have active Top Secret clearance with the ability to obtain a TS/SCI.
 Must be able to receive DHS suitability prior to starting employment. –
 •Must be a U.S. Citizen -
•Hands-on experience in the detection, response, mitigation, and/or reporting of cyber threats affecting client networks and one or more of the following:
·       Experience in computer intrusion analysis and incident response
·       Intrusion detection
·       Computer network surveillance/monitoring
·       Knowledge and understanding of network protocols, network devices, multiple operating systems, and secure architectures
·       Experience in computer evidence seizure, computer forensic analysis, and data recovery;
·       Computer network forensics
·       System log analysis
·       Experience with current cyber threats and the associated tactics, techniques, and procedures used to infiltrate computer networks. 
·       Current experience with network intrusion detection and response operations (Protect, Defend, Respond and Sustain methodology)
·       Current experience with cyber threats and the associated tactics, techniques, and procedures used to infiltrate computer networks
·       Demonstrated ability to document processes
·       The ability to respond to crises objectively
·       Proficiency with MS Office Applications
·       Must be able to work collaboratively across agencies and physical locations
Desired Skills:
·       Experience supporting DHS, Federal Civil, Intelligence and/or DoD Customers
·       Computer Forensics experience - Malware reverse engineering experience
·       Experience with Risk and Opportunity management - Scripting experience (python, perl etc…)
·       Experience with process development and deployment
·       Excellent writing skills
·       Prior experience with data visualization products such as Analyst Notebook is desired.
·       Prior experience with Splunk
·       Prior experience working in one of the following highly desired:
·       Security Operations Center (SOC/NOSC)
·       Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT/CIRT) - DOD/FED Cyber Intel organization
·       DCIO/MCIO, with Cyber Counterintelligence focus Desired Certifications:
·       Additional Technical CND Incident Reporter Certification(CEH, GCIH, GCIA, GNFA) - DoDI 8570.01-M 8570.01-M IAT Level I Compliant Certification (Network + CE, A+ CE, CCNA + Security, SSCP)

·       Eight (8) or more years of systems development experience required.
·       A Master’s degree in a related discipline may substitute for two (2) years of experience.  A PhD may substitute for four (4) years of experience.
·       Bachelor’s degree in Information Security, Cyber Engineering or a related discipline is required.
·       Ten (10) years of experience (for a total of eighteen (18) or more years) may be substituted for a degree. 
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Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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