Security Operations Center Lead

Location: Laurel, MD
ApplyLogic is a fast-growing Veteran-Owned consulting firm, headquartered in Dunn Loring, VA. Our people are our greatest asset and our company culture is grounded on that belief. We offer challenging and interesting work in a friendly and supportive environment. We deliver best-in-class technical expertise to the Federal Government market through IT professional service contracts. 

We offer a competitive salary with a robust Fortune 500 type benefits package: employee assistance, employee adoption, 401K with match, medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability, 15 paid time days off, 10 holidays, unlimited web-based training and up to $5K towards continuing education and/or professional development and more!
 
Founded in 2004, ApplyLogic is a Veteran Owned Small Business, ISO9001:2008 certified with over $7M annual revenues and 35 employees. Our growth has been recognized in the Washington Technology Fast 50 and the INC. 5000. We have an immediate Security Operations Center Lead position available in Laurel, MD.

Job Description and Responsibilities:

The Security Operations Center Lead will will report to the SOC Director and Deputy Directory and will possess in-depth knowledge on network, endpoint, threat intelligence, forensics and malware reverse engineering, as well as the functioning of specific applications or underlying IT infrastructure; SOC SOP development and maintenance; Develop customer and leadership presentations; thorough experience of incident management, root cause analysis; oversee  security assessment and incident response protocols; establish and maintain metrics that help provide a high level of productivity, supportability, and operational readiness while also participating in project planning activities;
 
  • Lead the development of incident response plans, workflows, and SOPs in a 24/7 SOC
  • Develop and maintain the SOC personnel shift schedules
  • Provide technical guidance to the SOC team
  • Develop and administer SOC SOPs/processes and review their application to ensure that SOC’s controls, policies, and procedures are operating effectively
  • Provide management oversight for the identification, triage and response of events or incidents of apparent security breaches
  • Produce and review aggregated performance metrics
  • Manage and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the SOC, through improvements to each function as well as coordination and communication between support and business functions
  • Play a significant role in long-term SOC strategy and planning, including initiatives geared toward operational excellence
  • Verify deployment and maintenance of security sensors and tools
  • Monitor security sensors and review logs to identify intrusions
  • Verify scripting/programming language to extract, de-obfuscate, or otherwise manipulate malware related data
  • Think critically and creatively while analyzing security events, network traffic, and logs to engineer new detection methods
  • Work directly with TI Security and SOC leadership on cyber threat intelligence analysts to convert intelligence into useful detection
  • Collaborate with incident response team to rapidly build detection rules as needed
  • Identify incident root cause and take proactive mitigation steps
  • Perform lessons learned activities
  • Mentor and provide training to SOC analysts and run brown bag training sessions
  • Develop and maintain vulnerabilities and track resolution reports
  • Develop and present threat intel reports
  • Develop and implement detection use cases
  • Develop and implement IDS signatures
  • Assist with incident response efforts
  • Create and brief customer reports
  • Participate in on-call rotation for after-hours security and/or engineering issues
  • Perform customer security assessments
  • Develop and run table top exercises
 
Requirements:
 
  • Fuse locally derived and externally sourced cyber threat intelligence into signatures, detection techniques, and analytics intended to detect and track the advanced threat
  • Strong understanding of root causes of malware infections and proactive mitigation
  • Strong understanding of lateral movement and footholds
  • Strong understanding of data exfiltration techniques. Demonstrated ability in critical thinking, problem solving, and analytics
  • Enjoy analyzing patterns looking for outliers
  • Have real world experience analyzing complex attacks and understand TTPs of threat actors
  • Define relationships between seemingly unrelated events through deductive reasoning
  • Experience in network/host based intrusion analysis, malware analysis, forensics, and cyber threat intel
  • Knowledge of advanced threat actors and complex attacks
  • Possess excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate to technical and executive level staff
  • Knowledge and experience with Splunk and other cyber tools
  • Prior supervisory or technical team lead experience
  • Track record of strong leadership
  • Expert knowledge of network routing and switching fundamentals to include knowledge of Multiprotocol Layer Switching (MPLS)
  • Deep technical understanding of operating systems, network architecture and design, Active Directory (AD) application log consumables, systems design as well as superior knowledge of technical operations process and procedures
  • Knowledge of encryption, key management and cryptology
  • Experience with the Risk Management Framework (NIST 800-37), Security Controls as described in NIST 800-35, and the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) operating standards and applicable guidelines
  • Practical knowledge of performing threat modelling, risk analysis, root cause analysis, risk identification, and risk mitigation
  • Experience planning and implementing secure networking practices such as: application segmentation, network segmentation, NAC and other access control testing/validation, updating access control SOPs
  • Ability to configure and develop an enterprise SIEM solution including signature tuning, development of correlation rules, reports, and alarms
  • Experience with a variety of web application protocols, web services (components including JavaScript, XML, JSON), scripting capabilities (Power shell, Python) software development frameworks, operating systems, and networking technologies. Understanding of various web application frameworks such as J2EE, ASP.NET.
  
Education and Certifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 14 years of experience
  • Advanced training on anomaly detection and threat intelligence
  • Preferred certifications
    • SANS SEC503
    • SANS SEC504
    • SANS SEC561
    • SANS FOR610
    • CCNA Cyber Ops
    • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
    • Offensive Security Exploitation Expert (OSEE)
    • Certified Expert Penetration Tester (CEPT)
    • Certified Reverse Engineering Analyst (CREA)
    • Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE)
    • Splunk Certified User or Power User/Splunk Certified Admin
 
Clearance:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Public Trust, or must be able to obtain a Public Trust clearance
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