Network Based Systems Analyst III

Arlington, VA, 1099, W2

The Client is seeking Cyber Network Defense Analysts (CNDA) to support a critical customer mission. The CDNA uses information collected from a variety of sources to monitor network activity and analyze it for evidence of suspicious behavior. Monitoring and analysis are performed to identify and report events that occur, or might occur, within the network, in order to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats.


  • Assist the Government lead in coordinating teams in preliminary incident response investigations
  • Assist the Government lead with interfacing with the customer while on site
  • Determine appropriate courses of actions in response to identified and analyzed anomalous network activity
  • Assess network topology and device configurations identifying critical security concerns and provide security best practice recommendations
  • Collect network intrusion artifacts (e.g., PCAP, domains, URI’s, certificates, etc.) and use discovered data to enable mitigation of potential Computer Network Defense incidents
  • Analyze identified malicious network activity to determine weaknesses exploited, exploitation methods, effects on system and information
  • Collect network device integrity data and analyze for signs of tampering or compromise
  • Assist with real-time CND incident handling (i.e., forensic collections, intrusion correlation and tracking, threat analysis, and advising on system remediation) tasks to support onsite engagements


  • TS/SCI Clearance
  • Able to obtain DHS Suitability
  • BS Computer Science, Cyber Security, Computer Engineering, or related degree; or HS Diploma & 7-9 years of network investigations experience.
  • Desired Certifications: DoD 8140.01 IAT Level II, IASAE II, CSSP Analyst, GCIA, GCIH, CSSP Analyst/CSSP Incident Responder, CEH; SANS GIAC GNFA preferred
  • 5+ years of directly relevant experience in network investigations
  • In depth knowledge of CND policies, procedures and regulations
  • In depth knowledge of TCP/IP protocols
  • In depth knowledge of standard protocols (ICMP, HTTP/S, DNS, SSH, SMTP, SMB, NFS, etc. )
  • In depth knowledge and experience of Wifi networking
  • In depth knowledge and experience of network topologies (DMZ’s, WAN’s, etc.)
  • Substantial knowledge of Splunk (or other SIEM’s)
  • Understanding of MITRE Adversary Tactics, Techniques and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK)
  • Knowledge of Computer Network Defense policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Knowledge of defense-in-depth principles and general attack stages with respect to network security architecture
  • Ability to characterize and analyze network traffic to identify anomalous activity and potential threats to network resources
  • Ability to identify and analyze anomalies in network traffic using metadata
  • Experience with reconstructing a malicious attack or activity based on network traffic
  • Experience examining network topologies to understand data flows through the network
  • Able to work collaboratively across physical locations

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