Detection and Response Analyst (SOC Analyst)

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What Expel is looking for in applicants

Are you someone who has led several security incidents across multiple technologies and find the opportunity to learn new things thrilling? Have you spent time building your skills, testing new theories and exploring complex problems? How does it sound to work somewhere where you can pull all that together, while helping others thrive along a similar path?

When you catch yourself daydreaming it is often because you like thinking like the attacker in order to make systems smarter vs. letting the systems drive you. We get that thinking, because we do it too. Our guess is you've also set up some stuff to expand your skills and test your theories - and it has been successful.

Ultimately though, you care about this work for a reason. You're doing it to protect someone or something. And, over time your purpose has expanded, because now you are also in a position to guide and mentor the next generation of security talent, and this matters to you. This can be all in a day's work here at Expel!

Does this sound like you? If yes, then we'd love to talk with you. We're looking for someone who is deeply curious, passionate about helping customers to detect the bad actors and excited at the prospect of hunting around in customer networks for evil. We have an amazing team and believe you'll love getting to know us.

What Expel Can Do For You

  • Give you an opportunity to work closely with a team of seasoned security analysts and incident responders every single day
  • Ensure your voice is heard & tied directly to our business direction
  • Provide an entertaining small and highly transparent startup environment
  • Challenge you to push the bounds of our security vision
  • Provide exposure to the work our Global Response Team does (ask us more about this)

What You Can Do For Expel (With the help of training, of course)

  • Direct your real passion for information security at protecting our customers
  • Participate in our 24x7 shift rotation: x hours, y days, something. If nights are more your thing, please let us know!
  • Identify areas for improvement, and get hands-on with making that thing better
  • Help us meaningfully impact the security of our customers' organizations
  • Constantly experiment to find new ways of catching bad actors
  • Mentor and uplevel newer analysts - because teamwork makes the dream work!

What You Should Bring With You

  • A bachelor's degree in a technical field or compelling story
  • Flexibility and an openness to new challenges because, hey, startup life
  • An inquisitive mind and a noble spirit
  • A keen sense of humor
  • A deep understanding of TCP/IP and core application layer protocols
  • Fluency with Windows operating systems and command line tools
  • Familiarity with cloud applications (O365, Okta, etc) and cloud infrastructure (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Experience with tools used for forensic acquisition and analysis
  • Experience with investigating threats at all stages of the attack lifecycle (or kill chain, if you prefer)
  • If you've got offensive security and/or scripting skills, that's a plus

Additional Notes

The targeted compensation range for this role is between: $85,000 USD and $122,400 USD + equity.

We believe in paying transparently and equitably. Your salary will ultimately be based on factors such as your experience, skills, team equity, and market data. You’ll also be eligible for unlimited PTO (which we model and encourage), work location flexibility, up to 24 weeks of parental leave, and really excellent health benefits.

Our headquarters is in Herndon, Virginia. However, we realize that while there is a benefit to in-person interaction, good people don’t all live in Northern Virginia. Remote work is an option for this role.

At Expel, we ask our crew to provide their COVID-19 vaccination status because it’s helpful to understand this data at a company level and we expect that customers, partners, and conferences will start asking us to attest to the vaccination status of our people.

We’re only hiring those authorized to work in the United States. We do not currently sponsor immigration visas.

We're an Equal Opportunity Employer: You'll receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

We’ll ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please let us know if you need accommodation of any kind.


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