Digital Forensics & E-Discovery Specialist – Senior

Washington, D.C
Cyber/Security /
Regular /
Agile Defense provides leading-edge Digital Transformation solutions to support and advance our customers' mission. We deliver innovative and high-quality services to our customers worldwide through an empowered and engaged workforce.

Job Title: Digital Forensics & E-Discovery Specialist – Senior

Location: 1 Massachusetts Ave NWWashington, District of Columbia20001

Clearance Level: Active Secret

Required Certification(s): 

SUMMARY: Agile Defense is currently seeking several talented Insider Threat Analysts to support a commercial entity in the transportation sector. The Insider Threat program is a part of an advanced analytics capability of a Focused Operations program that provides comprehensive Computer Network Defense and Response support through monitoring and analysis of potential threat activity targeting the enterprise.
The Senior Digital Forensics & E-Discovery Specialist will conduct advanced security event analytics, insider threat monitoring, log analysis, host-based forensics, incident response, and case management. In support of this vital mission, XOR staff are on the forefront of providing Advanced CND (Computer Network Defense) Operations, and Systems Engineering support to include the development of advanced analytics and countermeasures to protect critical assets.  To ensure the integrity, security, and resiliency of critical operations, we are seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds in cyber security systems operations, analysis, and incident response. Strong written and verbal communication skills are necessary. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of incident response, forensics investigations, and cyber threats. Additionally, the ideal candidate would be familiar with digital evidence collection, malware analysis, host-based forensic tools, intrusion detection systems, file systems, security information event management platforms, endpoint threat detection tools, and security operations ticket management.

·       Lead efforts in Incident Handling, including Detection, Analysis, and Triage.
·       Conduct security event triage to discern legitimate security incidents.
·       Investigate security incidents, implement countermeasures, and conduct incident response.
·       Conduct Forensic Analysis on compromised systems using digital forensics tools.
·       Analyze information technology security events for forensic purposes.
·       Lead efforts in Hunting for anomalous patterns detection and content management.
·       Apply strong logical/critical thinking abilities, especially in analyzing security events.
·       Analyze windows event logs, network traffic, and IDS events for malicious intent.
·       Utilize strong analytical and technical skills for hunting activities.
·       Produce clear and thorough security incident reports and briefings.
·       Identify and implement countermeasures or mitigating controls for deployment.
·       Recommend and coordinate countermeasures to operational CND personnel.
·       Develop rules, filters, views, signatures, and operationally relevant applications/scripts.

Required Certifications
Education, Background, and Years of Experience
·       Five (5) to eight (8) years of experience
·       Bachelor’s not required, strongly encouraged

Required Skills
·       Strong analytical and technical skills in computer network defense operations, ability to lead efforts in Incident Handling (Detection, Analysis, Triage), Hunting (anomalous pattern detection and content management) and Forensic Analysis.
·       Prior experience and ability to analyze information technology security events to discern events that qualify as a legitimate security incident as opposed to non-incidents. This includes security event triage, incident investigation, implementing countermeasures, and conducting incident response.
·       Strong logical/critical thinking abilities, especially analyzing security events (windows event logs, network traffic, IDS events for malicious intent).
·       Strong proficiency Report writing – a technical writing sample and technical editing test will be required if the candidate has no prior published intelligence analysis reporting, excellent verbal and written communications skills and ability produce clear and thorough security incident reports and briefings.
·       A working knowledge of the various operating systems (e.g., Windows, OS X, Linux, etc.) commonly deployed in enterprise networks, a conceptual understanding of Windows Active Directory.
·       Working knowledge of network communications and routing protocols (e.g., TCP, UDP, ICMP, BGP, MPLS, etc.) and common internet applications and standards (e.g., SMTP, DNS, DHCP, SQL, HTTP, HTTPS, etc.).
·       Experience with the identification and implementation of countermeasures or mitigating controls for deployment and implementation in the enterprise network environment.
·       Experience conducting Forensic Analysis on compromised systems using digital forensics tools.
·       Experience with Cyber, Insider Threat and Policy Violation, and eDiscovery investigations.
·       Proficiency in cyber threat exploitation patterns, from first discovery through identification of persistent presence.
·       Provide subject matter expertise support in the detection, analysis, and mitigation of insider threat activities.
·       Previous hands-on experience with Security Information and Event Monitoring (SIEM) platforms and log management systems that perform log collection, analysis, correlation, and alerting is required (preferably within Splunk or MS Sentinel).
·       Ability to develop rules, filters, views, signatures, countermeasures and operationally relevant applications and scripts to support analysis and detection efforts.
·       Experience in recommending and coordinating countermeasures to operational CND personnel. 
·       Familiarity with scripting languages (BASH, PowerShell, Python, PERL, RUBY etc.) or software development frameworks (.NET).
Preferred Skills

Environmental Conditions
·       General office environment. Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking for up to 10% of the time. The working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are not hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available.
Strength Demands
·       Sedentary – 10 lbs. Maximum lifting, occasional lift/carry of small articles.  Some occasional walking or standing may be required.   Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Physical Requirements
·       Stand or Sit; Walk; Use Hands / Fingers to Handle or Feel; See; Push or Pull; Climb (stairs, ladders) or Balance (ascend / descend, work atop, traverse).
Employees of Agile Defense are our number one priority, and the importance we place on our culture here is fundamental. Our culture is alive and evolving, but it always stays true to its roots. Here, you are valued as a family member, and we believe that we can accomplish great things together. Agile Defense has been highly successful in the past few years due to our employees and the culture we create together. We believe several attributes are the root of our very best employees and extraordinary culture. We have named these attributes “The 6 H’s” – Happy, Helpful, Honest, Humble, Hungry, and Hustle.

Happy: We exhibit a positive outlook in order to create a positive environment.
Helpful: We assist each other and pull together as teammates to deliver.
Honest: We conduct our business with integrity.
Humble: We recognize that success is not achieved alone, that there is always more to learn, and that no task is below us.
Hungry: We desire to consistently improve.
Hustle: We work hard and get after it.

These Core Values are present in all our employees and our organization's aspects. Learn more about us and our culture by visiting us here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
Agile Defense is subject to federal vaccine mandates or other customer/facility vaccination requirements as a federal contractor. As such, to protect its employees' health and safety and comply with customer requirements, Agile Defense may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

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