Associate Network Defense Analyst

Full Time
Pittsburgh, PA
Areas of Interest: Computer Network Defense (CND) Analysis
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Who We Are: 
You will work within the Monitoring & Response Directorate of the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The SEI is a federally funded research and development center on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. CERT engages with the US Government, mainly the defense and intelligence sectors, to research, develop, apply and transition complex cybersecurity solutions. CERT generates some of the highest level of original research and tackles many of the most complex problems facing cybersecurity for the US Government. You will be part of a team that is thoughtfully engaged with its clients involved in emerging technology gaps and aggressively solving problems to migrate solutions to our clients.

What We Do:
The CERT Situational Awareness group works with government customers to help them protect and defend their networks. We pioneer innovative ways to monitor and safeguard networked systems. We develop new approaches for identifying and investigating network anomalies. We observe real-world security operations teams and help them improve how they do their jobs. Our work ranges in scope from the close-up investigation and examination of security data to the assessment of large, enterprise-wide networks.

About You:

  • You want to make an impact beyond your organization.
  • You want to be involved with worldwide thought leaders.
  • Your strengths are curiosity, love of learning, deep interest in cybersecurity, and a desire to innovate.

Position Summary:
As an Associate Network Defense Analyst, you will participate in technical efforts which include development and prototyping of new security analysis techniques, tools, and platforms, preparation of analytic reports, and contributions to research publications. You will serve as a subject matter expert for customers, commercial vendors, and the Internet community as a whole. We expect you to contribute to and advance the state of art of cybersecurity analytics. Do you see yourself helping us to achieve this mission?


  • BS in Computer Science or a related discipline with three (3) years experience in security operations, network operations, or security research; MS in Computer Science or a related discipline with one (1) year experience in security operations, network operations, or security research; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community, including sponsor sites, conferences, and meetings. (expected 10-25%)
  • You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Capable of conducting and supporting analytical studies and investigations of network security data.
  • Understanding of and some practical experience with various Internet protocols and applications (e.g., TCP/IP, HTTP/HTTPS, DNS, SMTP, FTP, routing protocols).
  • Understanding of network, host, and operating system security issues.
  • Understanding of network security devices such as Intrusion Detection Systems, Firewalls, Security Information Managers, Network Vulnerability Scanners; some operational knowledge preferred.
  • Understanding of routing and switching protocols, including Internet routing; some operational knowledge preferred.
  • Ability to function in the role of a consultant with mentorship from senior staff members.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with minimal direction and with teams.
  • Ability to discuss security topics with both technical and nontechnical audiences, and to communicate with customers at various levels of leadership.
  • Ability to work meticulously with careful attention to detail; ability to meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities.
  • Ability to participate in conversations collaboratively, diplomatically, and successfully with customers, co-workers and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff.
  • Ability to develop and communicate new ideas; ability to quickly learn new procedures, techniques, and approaches.

Desired Experience:

  • Experience working in a collaborative environment with team members who have diverse skills.
  • Prior experience working directly with customers from government and/or industry.
  • Experience with data visualization.
  • Experience working with specialized technologies such as data mining, clustering, machine learning, neural networks, distributed computing and/or big data platforms.
  • Some statistics background.
  • Some scripting and/or programming in a high-level language.

Job Functions Breakdown:

  • 60% Participate in studies of data from operational networks, and advise network operators in written reports and presentations on security posture improvements based on those studies.
  • 35% Participate in the development of novel approaches to network security analysis, and build prototype tool implementations.
  • 5% Speak publicly and to customers on work performed.
  • 100% total effort

Benefits: Our benefits philosophy encompasses three driving priorities: Choice, Control, and Well-being. Learn more at You can join an institution that inspires innovations that change the world.

Carnegie Mellon University is a welcoming workplace that considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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