Reporting to the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Director of Security Operations and Cyber Defense, the Cyber Security Operations Engineer will help design, build, and manage an enterprise level security operations center (SOC) and program. This role will also collaborate with HMS security and IT to build strong network security, OS security, and cloud security programs, help identify top areas of risk, shape mitigation strategies, and have a part in the security architecture of HMS. As you identify threats and opportunities, you will define appropriate risk reduction strategies and technologies and work cross-functionally to implement the appropriate security controls and strategies you define. This position will require an experienced security engineer who is familiar with Security Operations, Network Security, and Device Security controls.
Key responsibilities include the following:
Performing log analysis, Cyber investigations, event monitoring, threat hunting, and other security operations activities.
Perform security alert and event monitoring across HMS / HSDM and other entities on the network.
Work with the Network team on managing and auditing Firewall rules.
Form repeatable processes for prioritizing and responding to alerts and helping develop playbooks.
Work with products and concepts in the Endpoint and Server protection space such as: Exploit mitigation, Attack surface reduction, Anti-virus/malware, EDR, and DLP.
Assist with network monitoring, intrusion detection analysis, log-based and endpoint-based threat detection to detect and protect against threats coming from multiple sources.
Ensure the delivery of Network Security solutions in accordance with the organization's network architecture, best practices, and regulatory or compliance requirements.
Ensure the proper implementation and use of SIEM (Splunk or other) and proper alerts/correlations.
Minimum of seven years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
BA or BS in Computer Science, Information Management, or equivalent experience.
Six or more years of progressive experience in the information security field, in a hands-on technical role.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and can translate security objectives to cross-functional partners.
Ability to understand business needs and develop solutions.
Must be able to work in a collaborative team environment.
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with a diverse range of people. Must have strong interpersonal skills.
Solid understanding of enterprise security principles and best practices.
Working knowledge of endpoint/server security and network security.
Experience in supporting a Security Operations Center as a Security Operations or Cyber Defense team member or leader.
Experience with Splunk, Elastic, or other products as a SIEM
Experience with products and concepts in the Endpoint and Server protection space such as: Exploit mitigation, Attack surface reduction, EDR, and DLP.
Track record of deploying and supporting enterprise level security solutions.
Track record of maturing security capabilities to proactively identify security threats and develop detections.
Experience with ensuring effective signal/log correlations and alerts
Experience responding to incidents to drive containment and remediation.
Proficient in many with deep expertise in several cybersecurity technologies, IT concepts, strategies and methodologies, as well as security aspects of multiple platforms, operating systems, software, communications and network protocols.
Understanding of the mechanics of OS exploits, and methods for preventing and/or detecting OS exploits as well as tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by threat actors against endpoints
Experience with CASB
Experience with Secure Enclaves
Certificates and Licenses
Completion of Harvard IT Academy Information Security Foundations course (or external equivalent) preferred
IT Security Certification preferred; e.g., CISSP, CISA/CISM, and/or GIAC
This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety, and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to complete an attestation of having received their primary series COVID-19 vaccination prior to hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons prior to completing the hiring process. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.
Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
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