• Network Threat Specialist, Sr.

    Location US-MD-Ft. Meade
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/1/2018 1:13 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    Cyber Security
  • Overview

    WOOD is currently hiring a Sr. Network Threat Specialist (NTSS) to join our team in the Ft. Meade, MD area. The Sr. Network Threat Specialist will analyze, map, protect and discover vulnerabilities, intrusions and threats in a computer network systems. 



    • Designing, demonstrating, developing, implementing, and updating exploitation or protection methods and recommending mitigation strategies and techniques
    • Conducting cyber discovery efforts leveraging defensive and SIGINT systems to enable/enhance behavior analysis efforts
    • Evaluating multiple operating systems, network configurations, network architectures and topologies for potential technical and/or operational vulnerabilities. Efforts also include:
      • Analyzing network transports and application layer packets and identifying packet details
      • Identifying anomalies at the packet level and developing signatures to support various collection platforms
      • Demonstrating proficiency with common network protocols and analysis tools, specifically Wireshark (Ethereal)
    • Performing each phase of cyber activity tracking; conducting network reconnaissance to detect the presence of unexpected behavior, identifying anomalous activity, categorizing and tagging intrusive activity
    • Performing network intrusion incident response and network attack characterization and reconstruction
    • Performing in-depth technical analysis with the goal of determining what the intruder did or attempted to do, where they came from, how they got in, their motivation, and anything else that can be learned from analyzing the intrusion data to include:
      • Developing techniques for the identification and analysis of malicious activity
      • Understanding the development of SNORT signatures or similar intrusion detection syntax
      • Determining the extent of malware's capabilities, how to detect it and to assess its impact on affected systems
    • Conducting real world, near real time, monitoring, analysis and reporting.
    • Utilizing tools (in-house, freeware, commercial) and analytical techniques to determine the levels of severity and potential mission impact of anomalous behavior.
    • Writing scripts/tools to develop an analysis capability to include:
      • Applying basic analytic methods such as computer programming, (JAVA, Perl, C, etc.) and debugging programs
      • Developing technical techniques and processes
    • Reviewing log files, Access Control List (ACL), network Intrusion Detection System (IDS) records and host IDS records for evidence of pre-intrusion activity
    • Characterizing methods with respect to resources and capabilities required or risks of detection and attribution
    • Discovering methods of protecting specific networks, computer systems or specific hardware or software
    • Independently conducting comprehensive analysis on all types of forensics microcomputer and computer media. Efforts also include:
      • Forensically analyzing magnetic and optical media using forensic software applications
      • Conducting forensic examination of computer-related equipment, including network devices
      • Analyzing and interpreting technical data
    • Participating in team building research efforts, and sharing analytical techniques and research methodologies


    *All Candidates must have a TS/SCI clearance with a Polygraph

    • Shall have a minimum of eight (8) continuous years of work experience in network and vulnerability analysis, or a combination of a minimum of five (5) continuous years of work experience in network and vulnerability analysis and a
    • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable (math, science, computers, engineering) field
    • Work experience shall include five (5) years of IC experience in network and vulnerability analysis
    • Have the ability to perform packet level analysis, Intrusion Detection, and Incident Handling
    • Be able to investigate and resolve highly complex operational matters
    • Must have experience in using test tools and writing scripts (Perl, Python, Ruby, etc) as needed to suit unique situations
    • Understanding of malware reverse-engineering
    • Shall have demonstrated expertise related to the use of relevant Computer Network Operations (CNO) and SIGINT tools and databases used for the customer mission
    • Shall also demonstrated the analytic ability to discover unknown, suspicious or exploitation activity, be able to provide briefings of intrusion set activity to partner organizations/agencies, and be knowledgeable about all forms of reporting and experienced with creating each product type, and thus be able to organize training for other team members on analysis, tools, or reporting
    • Shall have demonstrated the analytic expertise to perform technical analysis for exploitation of an identified activity that is of an unknown or suspicious orgin, competence with relevant analyst tools and databases used by the customer organization, and communications skills that include the ability to provide formal documentation of analysis and/or research results
    • Shall be considered a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in on or more fields appropriate to Intelligence Analysis or Computer Networking technologies, and be able to serve as a Subject Matter Expert for working groups and meeting s with partner organizations/agencies
    • Shall have demonstrated expertise in analyzing intelligence information and technical data, analyzing exploitation opportunities, interpreting analytical results, writing and editing skills at a technical/professional level, and managing internal and external customer relations

    Preferred tools/certs: Wireshark, Nessus, Snort, tcpdump, tcp wrapper, IDS (various), ISS scanner, eEye digital vulnerability scanner, Network +, IAM, One or more of the following certifications: CCISP - Certified Critical Infrastructure Security Professional, CISM - Certified Information Security Manager, CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional, SSCP - Systems Security Certified Practitioner, GIAC - Global Information Assurance Certification, CSP - RSA Certified Security Professional, CPP - Certified Protection Professional 



    WOOD Consulting Services is headquartered in Fulton, Maryland with an office in Washington, DC. WOOD embraces a simple philosophy… take care of our people and they will take care of our customers. We seek to hire and retain high caliber-talent to meet the needs of our customers with excellent services. For over 20 years, WOOD has followed that philosophy and built a reputation as reliable mission-enablers helping U.S. agencies achieve mission success.


    WOOD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.



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