Threat Analyst, Expert

Full Time
Concord, CA
Areas of Interest: Threat Analysis
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ob Posting Date: September 6, 2017
Requisition #: 54176736-E03
Job Category: Information Technology
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Employment Type: Management
Business Unit: Information Technology and Supply Chain
Schedule: Full-time
City: Concord

Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. And we deliver some of the nation’s cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, ‘Together, Building a Better California’ is not just a slogan. It’s the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services. They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

The Security Intelligence and Operations Center(SIOC) is responsible for ensuring that PG&E proactively identifies and assesses threats to its network and data, monitors its network for malicious activity, investigates intrusions and other relevant events, and has a sophisticated and detailed understanding of the evolving threat landscape.

The SIOC is a critical team within PG&E’s broader Information Security team which is led by PG&E’s Vice President – Chief Information Security Officer.

Position Summary

This is a challenging and fast paced position in PG&E’s Security Intelligence and Operations Center (SIOC) which is responsible for detecting, analyzing and responding to any suspicious cyber security activity across PG&E’s business and operational networks.

The Threat Analyst is responsible for the delivery of information security services including intelligence research, threat assessment, security event monitoring/analysis, vulnerability management and security tool administration in support of PG&E’s enterprise security goals and objectives. The Threat Analyst use a variety of commercial and custom tools and processes to provide the information security services mentioned above. They are experts in the operation of these tools and have the ability to design improvised solutions on the fly when dealing with active threats. Additionally, they may produce metrics and statistics that feed complimentary processes in PG&E such as risk assessment, patching, anti-virus, firewall management, etc. The Threat Analyst istechnically skilled and has the ability to work successfully with other technical teams within PG&E’s IT department and beyond.

The SIOC is an 24/7 operation. Shifts for this position are dependent upon business need and are listed as below:
Monday – Friday OR Saturday – Wednesday
Day shift: 6:00am – 2:30pm
Swing shift: 2:00pm – 10:30pm
Grave shift: 10:00pm – 6:30am

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalentwork experience
  • 8 years of Information Technology experience, with at least 6 years of experience in information security working within security operations, security intelligence or equivalent functions
  • (CISSP) Certified Information Systems SecurityProfessional certification or equivalent certification


  • Formal IT Security/Network Certification such as CompTIA Security +, Cisco CCNA, SANS GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
  • Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), ComputerEmergency Response Team (CERT), Computer Security Incident Response Center (CSIRC) or a Security Operations Center (SOC) experience
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements, such as NERC/CIP, NIST SP 800, SOX, etc
  • Deep knowledge of TCP/IPNetworking and knowledge of the OSI model
  • Deep knowledge of OS management and Network Devices
  • Deep knowledge of Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems
  • Deep knowledge of Antivirus Systems
  • Significant experience monitoring threats via aSIEM console
  • Significant experience performing analysis of log files from a variety of sources, to include individual host logs, network traffic logs, firewall logs, or intrusion prevention logs
  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking, andanalytical skills – ability to de-construct problems
  • Strong customer service skills and decision-making skills
  • Significant experience with packet analysis (Wireshark) and Malware analysis preferred
  • Working knowledge of PG&E infrastructurepreferred
  • IBM QRadar and Dell SecureWorks experience preferred
  • Utility Industry experience
  • Experience with scripting in Perl/Python/Ruby
  • Experience with both desktop-based and server-based forensics
  • Reverse engineering skills
  • Strong sense of professionalism and ethics.
  • Acts with integrity and communicates honestly and openly
  • Ability to build rapport and cooperation among teams and internal stakeholders
  • Respects others and demonstrates fair treatment to all
  • Methodical and detail oriented
  • Self motivated
  • Actively seeks to enhance the group through the sharing of knowledge
  • Perform hunting for malicious activity across the network and digital assets
  • Respond to computersecurity incidents and conduct threat analysis
  • Identify and act on malicious or anomalous activity
  • Conducts analysis using a variety of tools and data sets to identify indicators of malicious activity on the network
  • Perform detailedinvestigation and response activities for potential security incidents
  • Provide accurate and priority driven analysis on cyber activity/threats
  • Perform payload analysis of packets
  • Detonate malware to assist with threat research
  • Recommendsimplementation of counter-measures or mitigating controls
  • Ensures all pertinent information is obtained to allow for the identification, containment, eradication, and recovery actions to occur in a time sensitive environment
  • Collaborates with technicaland threat intelligence analysts to provide indications and warnings, and contributes to predictive analysis of malicious activity
  • Develop innovative monitoring and detection solutions using PG&E tools and other skillsets such as scripting
  • Mentorjunior staff in cybersecurity techniques and processes
  • Create and continuously improve standard operating procedures used by the SOC
  • Resolve or coordinate the resolution of cyber security events
  • Monitor incoming event queues for potentialsecurity incidents
  • Create, manage, and dispatch incident tickets
  • Monitor external event sources for security intelligence and actionable incidents
  • Maintain incident logs with relevant activity
  • Document investigation results, ensuringrelevant details are passed to senior analysts and stakeholders
  • Participate in root cause analysis or lessons learned sessions
  • Write technical articles for knowledge sharing
  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships/partnershipswith the cyber security and infrastructure support teams throughout the Information Technology organization, as well as business units

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. 

There are approximately 20,000 employees who carry out Pacific Gas and Electric Company's primary business—the transmission and delivery of energy. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. 

Fast Facts 
  • Service area stretches from Eureka in the north to Bakersfield in the south, and from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Sierra Nevada in the east 
  • 141,215 circuit miles of electric distribution lines and 18,616 circuit miles of interconnected transmission lines 
  • 42,141 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 6,438 miles of transportation pipelines 
  • 5.1 million electric customer accounts 
  • 4.3 million natural gas customer accounts
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