• Computer Network Defense Analyst

    Location US-MD-Ft. Meade
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/12/2018 10:46 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Experience (Years)
    Cyber Security
  • Overview

    WOOD is currently hiring a Computer Network Defense Analyst to join our team in Ft. Meade, MD.  The CND Analyst will analyze network packets to identify malicious traffic.  Experienced with Network Monitoring and Analysis tools such as: WIRESHARK, SNORT.  Ability to identify de-obfuscate data in traffic. 


    • Designing, demonstrating, developing, implementing, and updating exploitation or protection methods and recommending mitigation strategies and techniques
    • 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)
    • Determining the threat to U.S. networks of interest posed by adversarial systems, activities or operations
    • 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. Efforts also include:
    • Performing network intrusion incident response and network attack characterization and reconstruction
    • Identifying signatures, attack scenarios, attacker profiles, and other relevant information to enhance Customer's knowledge of the adversary and the techniques employed
    • 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.
    • Performing in-depth technical analysis of collected network traffic
    • Reviewing log files, Access Control List (ACL), network Intrusion Detection System (IDS) records and host IDS records for evidence of pre-intrusion activity.
    • Responding to Information Needs (IN) requests, coordinating with other organizations as appropriate.
    • Developing end-product report drafts and entering them into report production systems.


    *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 support 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 three (5) years of IC experience in network and vulnerability analysis
    • Shall demonstrate the ability to understand and interpret technical data through knowledge of technologies and topologies.
    • Experienced with Network Monitoring and Analysis Tools such as WIRESHARK, SNORT, and audit/event logs
    • Ability to identify and de-obfuscate data in traffic
    • Able to support and mentor junior analysts
    • Shall have demonstrated analytic ability to perform technical analysis for exploitation of an identified activity that is of an unknown or suspicious origin, competence with relevant Computer Network Operations (CNO) and SIGINT tools and databases used for the customer mission, and communications skills that include the ability to provide formal documentation of analysis and/or research results.
    • Shall be considered a SME in one or more fields appropriate to Intelligence Analysis or Computer Networking technologies, and be able to serve as a SME for working groups and meetings with partner organizations/agencies

    Required Tools/Certifications: Wireshark/Ethereal, Nessus, Snort, tcpdump, tcp wrapper, IDS (various), ISS scanner, eEye digital vulnerability scanner, <forensics work at host, network, or software levels>, <penetration testing work>, <malware, spyware, botnet work>, GCFIH, CNDA, DoD Forensic examiner, DoD Media Collector, Security+,  Nmap, SSCP, Cisco CCNA ( and other Cisco related network certs),  Network+, Net Impact


    WOOD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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