Information Security Analyst


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Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) Division is a scientific network that interconnects the DOE national laboratory system, is widely-regarded as a global innovator in network architectures, tools, and applications, and is currently the fastest scientific network in the world.  We’re a dynamic organization, highly­-motivated and focused on results. Our mission: to accelerate science by delivering unparalleled networking capabilities, tools, and innovations. As an organization, we are small enough to be agile, but large enough to offer rewarding challenges on a global scale.

We have an immediate opening for an Information Security Analyst (Computer Systems Engineer) to provide information security services and support to ESnet. This position will be filled at a level II or III, dependent on experience.

Specific Responsibilities – Level II:

  • Serve as a core member of ESnet’s Security Group performing varying security duties including threat awareness, proactive and reactive security analysis, incident response, forensic analysis, and resolution of security incidents.
  • Uncover computer and network vulnerabilities, reducing the risk incurred by vulnerabilities, automating workflow processes supporting ESnet’s security architecture.
  • Integrate knowledge of network protocols, services, threats, vulnerabilities, mitigation strategies, hardware capabilities, and other information to build a security environment that reduces and mitigates risk while allowing ESnet’s open science mission to succeed.
  • Examine a wide range of data, including Bro logs, NetFlow data, centralized syslog, and authentication logs to detect security incidents.
  • Implement improved methods to detect and mitigate security attacks.
  • Ability to be ‘on call’ outside of regular business hours on a regular and recurring basis.

In addition to the above, Level III – Specific Responsibilities:  

  • Improve ESnet’s security architecture by infusing new security technologies and methods to detect and mitigate security attacks, including building and improving custom security tools.
  • Promote a strong security culture by providing conceptual and technical security expertise, especially in the area of network and system protection (Unix), to other ESnet staff.

Required Qualifications – Level II:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field or equivalent experience; at least 4 years of experience in hands-­on, open­-source information security (including college work) and/or a combination of experience and education.
  • Skilled in developing software and proficiency coding in Python and/or Perl.
  • Experience with Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and signature development.
  • Hands ­on network/packet level examination using tools such as tcpdump or wireshark.
  • Strong understanding of complex TCP/IP networks.
  • Solid understanding of Unix/Linux operating systems including RedHat/CentOS, FreeBSD variants, and Mac OS X.
  • Background with regular expressions, data and text manipulation tools such as awk and sed.
  • Experience streamlining operational capabilities through standardization and automation.
  • Able to work on multiple tasks and respond to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Self-motivated with excellent written and interpersonal communication skills and the demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

In addition to the above, Level III – Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in cyber security (may include college work).
  • Experience with incident response and driving incidents to resolution.
  • Ability to serve as a consultant on long-­range vision for security architecture for ESnet.
  • Able to identify and implement security enhancements that will maximize the security profile of ESnet while being sensitive to its mission.
  • Familiarity with public-­key and private-­key encryption techniques including DES, RSA, and PGP
  • Solid understanding of IPv6.
  • Ability to formulate, organize, and present ideas in an effective manner.  Develop proposals and clearly articulate cost/benefit trade­offs to various audiences.
  • Self­-motivated with demonstrated ability to work highly independently, requiring little direct supervision.
  • Experience maintaining and administering production BSD-­based operating systems
  • Knowledge of Layer2, Wireless, Switching and Routing Protocols
  • Experience with securing virtualized environments, enterprise security appliances, SIEMs, and logging environments such as Splunk.
  • Proficiency using Bro (open-­source network analysis framework).

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on October 1,, 2016.


  • This is a 2 year, term appointment with the possibility of renewal and with the possibility of conversion to career.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Classification will depend upon the applicant’s level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
  • This position requires completion of a background check.

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