Jr. Cyber Security Analyst


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) seeks a junior Cyber Security Analyst to investigate computer and information security incidents to determine and resolve potential breaches and vulnerabilities; uses and maintains information security tools necessary to ensure the secure operation of IDA’s information system infrastructure; conducts compliance audits, in collaboration with other IT staff, that ensure compliance with information security policies and guidelines.


Executes 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

Supports 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

Executes 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

Supports 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




  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer security, or related technical discipline coupled with one (1) year of experience in information technology; prior cyber security experience is preferred but not required; OR a high school diploma coupled with three years of experience in information technology; cyber security experience is preferred but not required.


  • Possesses or ability 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 preferred.
  • Familiarity with vulnerability scanners, monitoring, auditing and intrusion detection systems, and forensic response preferred.
  • Familiarity with notification of Internet threats, alerts, vulnerabilities, and anti-virus software preferred.
  • 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.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain appropriate security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


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