FPC/ NIPS Tool Manager
LA International Computer Consultants Ltd
£63 - £72
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As Full Packet Capture (FPC) / Network Intrusion Prevention System (NIPS) Senior Tool Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting Cyber Defence operations, maintaining and updating the tool's configurations to match the threat environment, specifically for Full Packet Capture and Network Prevention Intrusion System activities. The FPC / NIPS Senior Tool manager reports to the Head, Gateway Security Services Section and will work with the Security Event Analysts (SEAs) and the Engineers of the CS Operations Branch to help tune the security tools for optimum CS Incident Detection while keeping the required performance target. They will also work with the Staff of the Platform and Infrastructure Management Section to support the underlying platforms. The main aim is to ensure that NCIRC Full Packet Capture (capability to store locally a record of the network traffic at various critical points) and NIPS (capacity to identify potential cyber-attacks and intrusion on NATO networks) are installed, configured and fully available.
Main responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
*Install, Configure, administrate and provide on-going support of Cyber Defence associated specialist tools (see below) in the area of Full Packet Capture (to include RSA Netwitness platform)
*Network Intrusion Prevention System (to include Cisco Sourcefire and possibly Palo Alto Network Threat Prevention)
*To participate in the investigation of Security Events to establish if these are expected tool behaviours, events or a security threat.
*Provide technical support for performance testing of content and rules.
*To ensure that all NCIRC specialist applications related to FPC and NIPS are installed, configured, and running properly and in line with dependencies with others systems or applications and NCSC needs (to include, but not limited to ensuring proper setup and functioning of NIPS/FPC appliances or integration into monitoring systems).
*Proactively recommend optimizations to capabilities to provide effective and efficient service operations.
*Work out implementation plans for new capabilities and take ownership to ensure rapid implementation of those new tools and optimizations. Initiate, prepare, follow and defend the specialist applications upgrades in front of the Change Management Board.
*Implement the approved changes. Review security documentation and provide technical advice, when requested Maintain awareness of new technologies and developments, industry standards and best practices within the NCSC community for FPC / NIPs tools, participating in knowledge sharing with other analysts and develop solutions efficiently Perform other essential duties as assigned, as technical reports and/or executive level reports production.
Skills and Experience
Essential to have a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science combined with a minimum of 5 years' experience in as Security Tool Analyst (STA), Security Tool Manager or similar position involving Technical ICT Engineering knowledge, or a Secondary education and completed advanced vocational education (loading to a professional qualification or professional accreditation) with 7 years post related experience.
*Experience with enterprise Full Packet Capture solutions (e.g. Niksun, RSA/NetWitness)
*Deep knowledge in NIPS technologies, including Detection and Prevention (signature-based detection, statistical anomaly-based detection etc) systems (i.e : Cisco Sourcefire or Palo Alto Network Threat Prevention)
*Proven experience with deployments and on-going operational support of NIPS technologies (specifically Cisco Sourcefire) on enterprise level
*Demonstrable experience of analysing and interpreting system, security and application logs in order to diagnose faults and spot abnormal behaviours
*Experience of maintaining a secure enterprise network through configuring and managing typical Security Enforcing Devices, such as Firewalls, Proxies, IDS/IPS devices, HIDS/EPO.
*Extensive knowledge of Sourcefire/Snort.
*Practical hands-on experience in systems and tools administration.
*Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of computer and communication security, LAN/WAN networking including protocol network architecture, and the vulnerabilities of modern operating systems and applications.
*Troubleshooting of Linux and/or Windows infrastructures;
*Excellent communication abilities, both written and verbal, with the ability to clearly and successfully articulate complex issues to a variety of audiences and teams
*Experience and knowledge of deploying Palo Alto Network Threat Prevention on Enterprise level.
*Software engineering including programming and/or scripting knowledge (python, shell scripting, PowerShell).
*Industry leading certification in the area of Cybersecurity such as CISSP, CISM, MCSE/S, CISA, GSNA, SANS GIAC.
*A solid understanding of Information Security Practices; relating to the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of information (CIA triad.)
*Prior experience of working in an international environment comprising both military and civilian elements.