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Information Security Engineer - Staff - Washington DC or Houston

Office: Washington DC or Houston
Department: Information Technology (Firmwide)
Reports to: Information Security Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
Hours: Core Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, Frequent extended hours, often on short notice

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General Summary: 

Under the direct supervision of the Information Security Manager and following prescribed department, office and firm procedures, the Information Security Engineer is responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of information security systems, vulnerability management, incident response, containment, and investigation. The Information Security Engineer is expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s clients, attorneys, advisors and staff, and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement.  Above all, the Information Security Engineer must fulfill the needs of the firm in a manner which is consistent with the Firm's Core Values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Duties are performed throughout every work day, as necessary):

  • Responsible for identifying, reporting, investigating and responding to security events and network incidents
  • Monitor, report and advise to enhance or to increase the security level of the firm’s information and technology resources
  • Analyze events and logs using security event management tools
  • Quickly respond to issues affecting firm’s information technology security
  • Perform the daily operations and administration required to protect the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of the firm’s information and technology resources
  • Perform security tool administration providing risk assessment and remedial action for the following:
    • Security event logging & monitoring analyzers
    • Phishing and other social engineer attempts
    • Intrusion Detection/Prevention System (IDS/IPS) and firewall logs
    • Perform system and network security audits
    • Anti-virus products and central console
    • Vulnerability assessment and management
    • Application Whitelisting systems
    • Password Vault maintenance
  • Maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with direct reports, peers, other IT personnel and other firm personnel consistent with the firm’s Core Values
  • Handle all other duties as assigned by the Information Security Manager, Director of Information Security or other firm management in a timely and productive manner

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong vulnerability and configuration management knowledge and experience
  • Strong knowledge of information security principles and practices
  • Experience with incident response and event management concepts, analysis and triage
  • Experience with network application security analysis tools such as sandboxing, log and event management (SIEM), privilege escalation detection, Nmap, Wireshark, Nessus, Nexpose, and Kali Linux
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to read, comprehend and follow instructions
  • Ability to communicate with attorneys and staff in an effective, non-technical manner
  • Strong technical knowledge in relevant areas to include threat detection and
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner
  • Willingness and ability to assume new tasks and responsibilities
  • Proven ability to maintain and update technical knowledge and skills
  • Strong service orientation, and an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with users, peers, office and firm management, and outside business partners
  • Ability to work well under pressure, facilitate solutions, and meet deadlines and milestones for projects assigned
  • Commitment to the office and firm
  • Commitment to professional growth and development
  • Ability to travel occasionally as needed

Educational Qualifications/Job Experience Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • A strong networking background with minimum of five years’ experience in IT operations
  • Any of the following certifications will be beneficial: Security+, CISSP, Network+, CCNA

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