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At Information Technology Services, our goal is to be the university's trusted business partner by creating a culture of exceptional customer service. Bringing together a team of diverse and talented professionals, we provide the central IT services that support USC's schools, hospitals, research centers, and administrative units. Through our recently launched digital transformation initiatives, we aim to develop an environment of continuous service improvement, founded on cross-functional teamwork, industry best practices, innovation, and commitment to the customer experience.

Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst

Information Technology Services ITS Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California’s (USC’s) Information Technology Services (ITS) is seeking a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst with an exceptional commitment to service excellence to join the team.  As the Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, you will be an integral member of the Security Operations team, collaborating with diverse and talented team members to help solve multidimensional information technology problems, improve customer experience, and generate value for our campus stakeholders across a broad base of departments and constituencies.

JOB SUMMARY

The Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst identifies, prioritizes and tracks cyber threat intelligence requirements, probes for signs of compromise, and provides initial analyses. Develops models to determine incident-type activities, organizes and contextualizes intel, and communicates the nature, impact and mitigations for applicable security vulnerabilities. Parses large technical data sets, integrates output of technical research, and shares and escalates severe findings to team and management. The analyst takes an active part in the gathering, evaluation and study of multiple intelligence reports, digs for intrusion patterns, and manages documentation and tracking of relevant threats. Collaborate with other analysts, ensuring that individual and team goals are met.

THE TEAM

The ITS vision aligns strategy, business, and services; affirms ITS cultural values; empowers cross-functional teamwork; embraces world-class best practices; and promotes innovation, excellence, agility, and efficiency. To achieve this vision, ITS is committed to providing a modern technology infrastructure that is resilient and delivers the performance necessary to meet the demands of a growing customer base, training in the latest technologies for its highly productive and motivated workforce, outstanding customer experience, and technology services that are aligned with the university’s mission to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students. ITS is creating a workplace where employees can develop cutting-edge skills, take pride in the services they provide, and have access to the roles and career paths that align to their abilities and potential.

We are looking for top talent to join us on our journey.

ITS CULTURE

USC’s ITS organization represents a diverse and talented team, committed to supporting a collaborative culture and delivering secure and innovative IT services, core to the mission of USC. ITS values accountability, excellence, and commitment to exceptional customer experience. ITS strives for a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages employees to do their best work every day and where individuals are recognized and celebrated for their contributions.

ABOUT USC

USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology, and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The candidate for the position of Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst must meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as computer science, computer information systems, etc., or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Two years of experience in threat intelligence or incident response.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of security intelligence threats and threat actors.

  • Knowledge of Passive DNS, malware functionality and Incident Response processes. Knowledge of packet capture and analysis.

  • Experience with log management or security information management tools.

  • Experience with security assessment tools (NMAP, Nessus, Shodan, any.run, VirusTotal, urlscan, Metasploit, Netcat).

  • Ability to make information security risk recommendations based on threat intelligence analysis.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate for the position of Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst has the following qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience in a threat intelligence role or incident response threat hunting role.

  • CEH certification.

  • CompTIA Security+ certification.

  • Cyber Threat Intelligence - FOR578.

  • Reverse Engineering Malware - FOR610. Advanced Incident Response - FOR508.

  • Intrusion Detection In Depth – SEC503 (optional GCIA certification).

  • Hacker Guard: Security Baseline Training – SEC464.

  • Security Essentials – SEC501 (optional GCED certification).

  • Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling – SEC504 (optional GCIH certification).

THE WORK YOU WILL DO

The Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst The Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst identifies, prioritizes and tracks cyber threat intelligence requirements, probes for signs of compromise, and provides initial analyses. Develops models to determine incident-type activities, organizes and contextualizes intel, and communicates the nature, impact and mitigations for applicable security vulnerabilities. Parses large technical data sets, integrates output of technical research, and shares and escalates severe findings to team and management. The analyst takes an active part in the gathering, evaluation and study of multiple intelligence reports, digs for intrusion patterns, and manages documentation and tracking of relevant threats. Collaborate with other analysts, ensuring that individual and team goals are met.

Job Accountabilities

The Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst

  • Identifies, prioritizes and tracks cyber threat intelligence requirements utilizing both technical and actor information across domains (crime, espionage, hacktivism); formulate and prioritize intelligence requirements according to established risk management framework. Tunes and configures SIEM rules to automate detection and integrates CTI feeds with other security solutions and tools.

  • Hunts for indicators of compromise using various toolsets, and provides initial analysis of security intelligence feeds relative to network traffic analysis, intrusion detection, offensive security, data science and predictive analytics. Tunes and configures CTI feeds to automate and optimize collection.

  • Develops models for identifying incident-type activity, of malware or bad actors, using statistical/advanced analytic tools; shares indicators of compromise (IOC) models with trusted parties for validation and collaboration; synthesizes and places intelligence information into context; communicates the nature, impact and mitigations for applicable security vulnerabilities.

  • Sifts through large technical data sets, and identifies intelligence collection requirements that can be met through automated and human collection methodologies. Researches new tools and collection sources. Integrates output of technical research, e.g., network forensics and reverse engineering, into intelligence products; communicates and escalates severe intelligence findings to team members and management.

  • Collects, assesses and analyzes intelligence reports from multiple sources and disciplines; reviews incident logs/records mining for intrusion patterns; manages documentation and tracking of relevant threats, threat actors’ TTPs. Collaborates with other cyber intelligence analysts to ensure individual and team goals are met; maintain understanding of unit, department, and university regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • Maintains awareness and knowledge of current changes within legal, regulatory, and technology environments which may affect operations. Ensures senior management and staff are informed of any changes and updates in a timely manner. Establishes and maintains appropriate network of professional contacts. Maintains membership in appropriate professional organizations and publications. Attends meetings, seminars and conferences and maintains continuity of any required or desirable certifications, if applicable.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Come join the USC ITS team and work as a trusted partner in shaping an environment of innovation and excellence.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree; Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education. Minimum Experience: 3 years. Minimum Field of Expertise: Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Knowledge of security intelligence threats and threat actors. Knowledge of packet capture and analysis. Experience with log management or security information management tools. Experience with security assessment tools (NMAP, Nessus, Metasploit, Netcat). Ability to make information security risk determinations based on threat intelligence analysis. Effective verbal and written communication skills.


REQ20095746 Posted Date: 01/06/2021

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