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Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst III

Company: Cofense
Location: Leesburg
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Job Description:

Reporting to the Threat Intelligence Product Manager, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst III will lead our analyst team in conducting malware analysis and strategic intelligence assessments--not only digging into individual malicious phishing campaigns, but reporting more broadly on trends in phishing. This person will directly push the boundaries of our phishing coverage into more sophisticated malware families and phishing TTPs, and will help develop requirements for our software engineers to directly improve the product for our customers and the workbench for our analysts.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

* Perform rapid analysis of malicious software applications collected from phishing email campaigns as they emerge.

* Produce tactical and strategic intelligence about phishing activity, the methodologies used, and the motivations behind changes and evolutions in their activity.

* Responsible for directly producing tactical and strategic phishing intelligence reporting, with an emphasis on elevating our strategic reporting to support executive leadership at our client organizations.

* Serve as a mentor and escalation point for junior analysts.

* Support the research and development of advanced malware analysis techniques, processes, and procedures.

* Support interorganizational collaboration between multiple technical and non-technical teams

* Interact with customers in assessment briefings, updates, and/or calls regarding emerging threats.

* Participate in podcasts and author blogs/reports to present and market the Intelligence team's research.

* Identify new tactics, techniques and procedures used by cyber threat actors in phishing attacks.

* Utilize variety of open, close, and proprietary phishing intelligence data feeds to develop deeper understandings of the phishing threat landscape.

* Lead the authoring of quarterly reports on phishing trends, with contributions from junior analysts.

* Work with developers and software engineers to continuously evolve the Intelligence product and the analyst workbench.

* Other duties as assigned.

The above statements are neither intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be a listing of all of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job. This job description is not a contract of employment, either express or implied. Employment with Cofense will be voluntarily entered into and your employment is considered at will. Cofense reserves the right to alter the job description at any time without notice.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

* Able to work with little direct oversight.

* Able to articulate in at least six of the following concepts: analytic tradecraft standards, cyber kill chain, diamond model, advanced persistent threat, cybercrime, hacktivism, cyber fraud, malware and ransomware, social engineering, incident response, threat intelligence, and host and network-based security.

* Excellent organizational skills; able to actively track and prioritize issues and inquiries.

* Significant knowledge of open source intelligence and active threat hunting.

* Excellent critical thinking skills.

* Strong background in reverse engineering of malware.

* Strong familiarity with email protocols, headers, and formats.

* Strong proficiency with TCP/IP packet capture and investigation software, e.g. Wireshark, HTTP debuggers, DNS query interception utilities.

* Significant knowledge of Microsoft Assembly language.

* Significant proficiency with Linux and Unix operating systems.

* Significant ability to use and modify command line script applications and utilities.

* Significant understanding of nature of malicious software and applications.

Education and/or Experience:

* Bachelor's or Master's degree preferred in a related field such as Computer Science, Computer Forensics, or Justice Science, but not required.

* Experience working in a fast-paced environment where multiple competing items must be prioritized and delivered daily.

* Experience writing Yara rules strongly preferred.

* Experience with SQL database technology.

* At least 5 years of experience in malware analysis and intelligence analysis or network forensics analysis.

* Prior experience with written assessments drawn from multiple intelligence streams preferred.

* Experience engaging directly with policymakers, C-Suite leadership, and/or major clients or customers strongly preferred.

Cofense is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis [protected class] including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable national, federal, state or local laws and ordinances. We adhere to these commitments in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, benefits, and discipline. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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