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Cert Analyst (EMS2)

IT/Software Development Jobs
Washington Technology Solutions

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
July 26, 2019
Expired on
September 24, 2019
Washington Technology Solutions
Olympia, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
High School or equivalent, Certification, Some College Coursework Completed
$95,000.00 - $111,060.00 Annually

About Washington Technology Solutions

Need Help Applying? Contact Jamie Robinson| Recruitment Specialist at 360.407.8810 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State Government offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits: Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with very affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending plan which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website (link is external) Retirement and Deferred Compensation WaTech employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems (link is external)' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (link is external)(DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing Vacation starting your first month of employment and are able to take leave after six months of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State generously supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year.

Contact name
Jamie Robinson

Job description

Cert Analyst (EMS2)

The State of Washington Office of Cyber Security (OCS) is led by the state Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and is located within Washington Technology Services (WaTech). OCS's vision is to foster a culture of risk-based information security awareness within government and throughout the state.  OCS is home to numerous teams focused on identifying, assessing, and mitigating information security risks:

  • Security Operations Center (SOC)

  • Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT)

  • Security Design Review (SDR)

  • Policy

  • Awareness and Education

  • Information Sharing and Analysis Center

  • Communications

  • Data Analytics and Visualization

Whether leading incident response, performing CyberSecurity evaluations, executing phishing awareness campaigns, moderating tabletop exercises, or presenting CyberSecurity training, it's rare for there to be a dull day as an OCS CERT Analyst. CERT members know first and foremost, they are the state of Washington's CyberSecurity first responders and incident response subject matter experts. The CERT provides direct support to the state of Washington's agencies and indirect support to local governments, counties, cities, colleges, and universities. Working in the CERT is a challenging and rewarding experience that will expose you to diverse and novel scenarios requiring you to remain current on the latest offensive and defensive tools, tactics, and procedures.  Here's an overview of what the CERT's responsible for:

Incident Response

  • Full on-site incident response service

  • Customizable response levels from deploying on-site and running the entire incident command to performing only a portion of the specialized work (example: malware analysis)

  • Trained and certified in:

    • Incident response

    • Cyber terrorism response

    • Forensic examination

    • Ethical hacking

Security Evaluations

  • Discovery

  • Vulnerability

  • Web Application

  • Database

  • CIS Benchmarks

Red Team Evaluation

  • Threat Emulation (emulate dozens of threat actors)

  • Full Scope Engagements (social engineering, clientside & serverside, blackbox & crystalbox)


  • Phishing Awareness and Assessment Service

  • Tabletop Exercise


  • Five (5) years or more of recent experience with security technologies such as Firewall, Proxies, Intrusion Detection, Denial of Service mitigation, Vulnerability Management.

  • Four (4) years' experience in troubleshooting network or security incidents at an advanced level (minimum of second tier support).

  • Three (3) years' experience in log analysis, packet capture, digital forensics, reverse malware engineering, or similar CyberSecurity incident analysis.

  • Three (3) years' experience responding to CyberSecurity incidents

  • Broad knowledge of security tools, trends, technology vulnerabilities, security threats, tactics for attack, security best practices, etc.

  • Experience resolving a wide range of difficult and complex security problems and implementation of strategies to ensure compliance with IT Security Policy and Standards.

  • Team oriented with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated self-starter with ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple priorities.

  • Experience implementing NIST SP 800-53


  • Four (4) year undergraduate degree in computer science or related degree

  • Four (4) years of consultative, administrative, or supervisory experience in information technology analysis, system maintenance, analyzing, designing, or programming computer systems applications or databases

  • Scripting language experience (PowerShell, Python, .NET)

  • Certifications: SANS GXPN/GPEN/GWAPT, C|EH, CISSP, Digital Forensics

  • Familiarity with: NIST Cybersecurity Framework, CIS Top 20 Critical Security Controls, OWASP, ATT&CK Framework, PTES

  • Experience performing the following security evaluations: Cloud, On-Premise, Web Application , Compliance, Exfiltration, Mobile Application

  • Comfortable in presenting topics to a technical and/or managerial audience.

  • Strong writing capabilities

  • Experience using Kali Linux and Metasploit

  • Information security experience with protected or regulated information (example: PII, PHI, CJI, FTI, etc.)

  • Experience as a SOC Analyst

  • Experience working in state government

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