Lead IT Security Specialist (Havertown)


: $60,980.00 - $139,430.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Information Technology

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Position located in Allentown, PA or Washington, D.C.

The Security Specialist is responsible for activities within assigned functional area:

Cyber Security
Manages threat / vulnerability management (IDS), active defense and response, security analytics, and security incident management.

Data Security
Responsible for data access controls, data loss prevention, data encryption and key management, data privacy and regulatory requirements, and data access audits.

IT Access Mgmt.
Creates and manages the policies, tools, and activities that promote permission-based access to information, identity verification, IDM, user personal information protection, and role management.

The Lead level is recognized as an expert in own area within the organization and works independently, under minimal guidance from supervisor. Progression to Lead levelis limited on the basis of business requirement.

Primary Responsibilities

Leads projects, analyzes and solves complex problems,and recommends solutions in the below areas.

General Security:

  • Track and understand emerging security practices and standards by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations
  • Research information security standards; conducting system security and vulnerability analyses and risk assessments; identifying integration issues
  • Develop criteria to assess and validate IT security risks (e.g., DLP, IDS, NERC CIP) and relevant security architectures
  • Assess security system performance by conducting tests (e.g., penetration testing)
  • Maintain security by monitoring, ensuring compliance to standards, policies, and procedures; conducting incident response analyses; and conducting training programs
  • Upgrades security systems by monitoring security environment; identifying security gaps; evaluating and implementing enhancements
  • Prepares system security reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends
  • Assist in resolving security problems through the appropriate choice of error detection and correction, process control and improvement, or process design strategies
  • Cyber Security:

  • Utilize intrusion detection systems (IDSs) to monitor network system (LANs, WANs, VPNs, routers, firewalls, and related security and network devices) for indicators of compromise (IOCs)
  • Integrate technical, managerial, and financial considerations when sponsoring solutions
  • Network and Data Security:

  • Conduct ongoing review of multiple systems and sources to detect network access, network intrusion, and information integrity compliance risks
  • Proactively identify potential network threats and cyber threats, and recommend preemptive remedial actions
  • Investigate network security events, conducting root-cause analysis to identify threats for recurring incidents
  • Monitor and track incidents related to network access, network intrusion, cyber security, and regulatory compliance
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose network problems, and implement corrective action within prescribed guidelines to mitigate impact to business continuity
  • Support restoration of secure network services as quickly as possible while limiting business impact
  • Assist in minor network or system configuration changes to improve system security and meet regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that PPL EU systems and data management protocols adhere to regulatory requirements
  • Conduct activities related to data loss prevention (DLP), data encryption, key management, data privacy and regulatory requirements, and data access audits
  • IT Access Management:

  • Research, design, and implement Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions for systems to ensure the appropriate context-based and permission-based security policies are enforced on users and their devices and real-time
  • Conduct activities pertaining to identity verification, IDM, user personal information protection, and role management
  • Physical presence in the office/on-site to engage in face-to-face interaction and coordination of work among direct reports and co-workers.

    May be assigned an Electric Utilities emergency and storm role. This is a special assignment that comes into play during storms and other emergencies when the company needs to restore power or respond to other issues affecting customer service. This role may necessitate the need to work after-hours, outside of your normal schedule.

    Candidate Qualifications

    Candidates must meet the basic qualifications and pass all required tests or assessments to receive consideration.

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.

    Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 7 years of related work experience OR 10 years of related work experience
  • Splunk or similar SIEM experience creating searches and understanding how to pivot in the data fields to investigate
  • Ability to mine and respond to Indicators of Compromise (IOCs)
  • Understanding of the advanced persistent threat (APT) kill chain
  • Understanding of hacker/advanced persistent threat (APT) tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs)
  • Understanding and analysis of event logging from many different devices
  • Experience with NIST, NERC CIP, SOX and PCI requirements
  • Ability to perform packet analysis
  • Understanding of malware and malware behavior
  • Proven ability to prioritize and execute tasksHighly self-motivated and directed with attention to detailEasily adapts to changing circumstances
  • Understands business goals and strategic priorities
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters Degree
  • NERC CIP Compliance Analysis Certification, System Operator Certification, GIAC Critical Infrastructure Protection Security Certification
  • Experience supporting fast-changing business organizations
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

    Our company is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity and the strength it brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identify, genetic information, disability status, or any other protected characteristic.

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    Associated topics: forensic, identity, information security, leak, malicious, phish, security, threat, violation, vulnerability * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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