Assistant Security Analyst

Cybersecurity Directorate

The Assistant Security Analyst will have the opportunity to work in an exciting environment at the intersection of research and development (R&D) and real-world security operations with one of the fastest computer networks in the world. Working in the NCSA's Cybersecurity Directorate (CSD) with partners around the country, the candidate will utilize security tools at scale, such as, Bro IDS, Qualys, Splunk, SSH auditor, and blackhole routers. With users and developers sitting across the hall, they will have a chance to make a direct impact each day with opportunities to work on both R&D and operational activities at NCSA.

Apply cross-disciplinary Information Technology (IT) Security knowledge to design, develop, implement and administer the security cyber-infrastructure for NCSA networks and computer systems in keeping with NCSA's cybersecurity policies and objectives.

Key responsibilities

  • Cybersecurity Research
    • Assist with project development to enhance the security stance of NCSA in support of research and education.
    • Under the guidance of a higher-level Security Engineer, suggest and evaluate security requirements and evaluate solutions for NCSA and collaborator systems.
  • Cybersecurity Support
    • Participate in discussions regarding NCSA's cybersecurity policies, practices, system development, architecture and posture.
    • Respond to or assign security alerts and tickets using established procedures and policies.
    • Detect and investigate digital intrusions and other incidents with cyber components by coordinating with CSD leadership.
    • Provide on-call and off-hours support as assigned; job duties may require working schedules that are outside of normal business hours.

Required education and experience

Any combination totaling one year from the following categories:

  • Progressively more responsible work experience in an IT-related profession.
  • College course work which included IT, computer science, or a closely related discipline, as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
    • 60 semester hours or Associate's Degree equals one (1) year.
  • Knowledge of Linux administration.
  • Knowledge of the IP protocol.

Preferred experience

  • Professional/intern/volunteer or classroom experience using shell programming and/or a scripting language.
  • Network administration or configuration experience.

Key skills/knowledge

  • Excellent interpersonal relations skills.
  • Communicates clearly with all types of audiences.
  • Ability to work in distributed team setting with shared responsibilities.

This is a full-time Civil Service Information Technology Support Associate position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by October 8, 2019. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position described above. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Bryan Fijalkovich, For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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