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Senior Cloud Threat Detections Engineer- REMOTE Opportunity


This is a Contract position in Windcrest, TX posted September 7, 2021.

Purpose of Job We are currently seeking a talented Senior Cloud Threat Detections Engineer that will investigate, analyze, and respond to security anomalies and events (e.g. suspicious behavior, attacks, and security breaches) within USAA’s environments using a variety of cyber defense tools to detect and respond to threats. Conducts vulnerability, security configuration, and/or penetration testing assessments of systems and networks. Identifies cyber threats, analyzes operational impacts, and communicates to appropriate stakeholders. Stays current with latest information security threats, exploits, trends, and intelligence.

This role can work in a 100% Remote Work Environment or at one of our many locations across the US such as: San Antonio, Plano, Phoenix, Colorado, and Tampa.

The USAA Cyber Threat Operations Center is USAA’s equivalent to a Security Operations Center (SOC). The CTOC exists to detect, analyze, and respond to cyber security events. It is comprised of several teams, all reporting to the AVP of Information Security Engineering & Cybersecurity. These teams are individual units that partner as needed to provide centralized and coordinated incident response activities.

The Cyber Capabilities Team (CCT) identifies, develops, and deploys custom threat detection and data analytics solutions to monitor USAA systems, users, and network, conducts Red Team operations, and manages custom CTOC infrastructure.

Job Requirements
About USAA
USAA knows what it means to serve. We facilitate the financial security of millions of U.S. military members and their families. This singular mission requires a dedication to innovative thinking at every level.

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Our most important qualification isn’t technical, it’s human. Here, we don’t just sit in front of a screen. We stand behind our 12 million members who rely on us every day.
We are over 5,000 employees strong, a passionately supportive and collaborative team built on agile principles. We’ve been a top-two Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT five years in a row and were recently named a Top 50 Employer for Minority Engineers & IT by Workforce Diversity Magazine.

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Identifies and manages existing and emerging risks that stem from business activities and the job role.

Ensures risks associated with business activities are effectively identified, measured, monitored, and controlled.

Follows written risk and compliance policies and procedures for business activities.

Leads peers and team members in the execution of the Information Security domain activities while anticipating efforts that will impact their team.

Researches and analyzes the latest information security vulnerabilities, threats, exploits, trends and intelligence. Shares intelligence with peer teams.

Conducts advanced vulnerability management, security configuration assessments, and/or penetration testing operations and manages the resulting findings.

Develops analysts through training and knowledge sharing activities.

Monitors internal and external networks, systems, and applications for advanced security anomalies and events (e.g. suspicious behavior, attacks, and security breaches). Trains analysts in incident detection and response.

Responds to cyber incidents, performing detailed analysis using complex security tools to determine root cause and impact by using a broad range of demonstrated experience (e.g. forensics, networking, servers, coding, etc.) to determine a malicious actor’s tactics, techniques, and procedures. Trains new analysts in incident detection and response.

Utilizes discoveries from the incident response process to make significant and/or complex improvements to the existing detection capabilities, operational processes and security controls.

Prepares and delivers written and/or verbal briefs with recommendations to senior leadership on latest threats, alerts, incidents, and improvements.

Provides insight on issues and serves as a mentor and coach to peers and team members for assigned area of responsibility.

Bachelor’s Degree, OR, 4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.

6 years of related experience in Information Security, Cybersecurity and/or Information Technology with a security focus to include accountability for complex tasks and/or projects.

4 years of related experience in Incident Response, Information Assurance, Forensics and/or Cyber Intelligence.

Advanced level of business acumen in the areas of business operations, risk management, industry practices and emerging trends.

Knowledge of attacker tools/tactics/procedures and applying them to access management, governance, threat hunting, investigations, and incident response.

Knowledge of defense-in-depth principles and security architecture.

When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not be able to change your responses .

Familiar with AWS cloud native technologies and adoption/migration patterns

Experience developing and maintaining documentation for cloud security systems, procedures, baselines, and best practices

Familiar with cloud security models and DevOps technologies for automation (such as Ansible, Salt, Puppet, Chef, etc.) and code version control

Experience with containers and container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes

Experience working with platform engineers on security best practices in Infrastructure as Code, cloud design patterns, and CI/CD with built in application security controls

Experience implementing security architecture, methods, and controls required to meet security, compliance, and audit requirements

Familiarity with Enterprise logging technologies such as ELK stack

Experience with Endpoint Detection and Response agents or concepts

Experience with Windows and Linux operating systems including command line usage

Experience with Python, PowerShell or Golang

Experience with manipulating/parsing structured data such as JSON/XML and unstructured data

Familiar with integrating rest APIs

Knowledge of Behavioral-Based signature/IOC development and tools (YARA, STIX, EQL)

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

USAA has an effective process for assessing market data and establishing ranges to ensure we remain competitive. You are paid within the salary range based on your experience and market position. The salary range for this position is: $ 106,800 – $ 192,300 * (this does not include geographic differential it may be applied based on your work location)
Employees may be eligible for pay incentives based on overall corporate and individual performance or at the discretion of the USAA Board of Directors.

  • Geographical Differential: Geographic pay differential is additional pay provided to eligible employees working in locations where market pay levels are above the national average.

Shift premium: will be addressed on an individual-basis for applicable roles that are consistently scheduled for non-core hours.

At USAA our employees enjoy best-in-class benefits to support their physical, financial, and emotional wellness. These benefits include comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, 401(k), pension, life insurance, parental benefits, adoption assistance, paid time off program with paid holidays plus 16 paid volunteer hours, and various wellness programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education assists employees with their professional goals.

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Relocation assistance is Not Available for this position.

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