Institute for Defense Analyses

Cyber Security Analyst

Security Engineer in Alexandria, VA

Posted 2020-02-19


If you want to work for an organization where you can truly make important contributions to the Nation while gaining experience and knowledge in numerous leading technologies, please apply now for consideration. IDA has excellent benefits, competitive compensation, stability and is a great place to work.

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) has an immediate need for a senior Cyber Security Analyst. The Cyber Security Analyst identifies and resolves potential security breaches and vulnerabilities; maintains information security tools necessary to ensure the secure operation of IDA’s information system infrastructure; conducts audits, in collaboration with other IT staff, to determine system configurations that ensure compliance with information security policies and guidelines. Leads cross divisional project teams to implement organization wide cyber security enhancements. Provides oversight and mentoring or junior and mid-level analyst. #ITatIDA


Manages Information Security Monitoring

Monitors and analyzes information security alerts from network devices and information systems
Responds and/or directs the response to information security incidents
Analyzes indicators of compromise for use in detection
Reports risk posture of information systems
Collaborates with industry and government sponsors on new threat indicators
Executes Media Forensics and Malware Analysis

Forensic analysis of information systems and portable devices
Forensic recovery of data using industry tools
Behavioral analysis of malware to provide indicators for monitoring
Plans Information System Security Evaluation and Hardening

Evaluates new information security technologies
Configures and implement information security technologies
Validates system hardening and provides guidance for security configuration
Evaluates network and system security configuration for risk based access control
Leads Information Security Training and Projects

Develops employee awareness training for relevant information security trends
Evaluates information security trends, tools and techniques for potential application to infrastructure and research areas
Manages and/or contributes to information technology projects
Performs other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s or Master’s (preferred) Degree in computer science, computer security, or related discipline AND seven years of experience in Information Technology which includes at least five years of experience in cyber security; OR, 9 years of experience in Information Technology which includes at least five years of experience in cyber security.
Possesses or able to obtain within six months an information security certification commensurate with DoD Instruction 8570.
Familiarity with the process of obtaining certification and accreditation of information systems.
Extensive experience with a variety of vulnerability scanners, monitoring, auditing and intrusion detection systems, anti-virus software, and forensic or incident response actions.
Demonstrated experience with incident handling, threat indicators, and identification of internet and computer based threats.
Experience working in IT or Information Security projects and teams.
Must be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
Excellent written and oral communications skills, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with all levels of employees.

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