Incident Response / Tier 2 SOC Engineer

Job Locations US-Remote / Telework | US-TX-Fort Worth | US-MO-Kansas City | US-CO-Denver | US-Remote / Telework
Job ID 2021-4079
Regular Full-Time

Position Description

Valiant Solutions is seeking an Incident Response / Tier 2 SOC Engineer to join our rapidly growing team.  This position allows for a 60% - 80% telecommute if located in the Washington DC, Fort Worth TX, Denver CO or Kansas City MO areas.  100% remote is acceptable for candidates that live outside of the above listed regions. Remote work necessitates a high-level trust in our employees. To ensure that employee performance does not suffer in a remote work environment, all employees who telecommute are expected to have a quiet and distraction-free workspace with adequate internet, dedicate their full attention to their job duties during working hours, and maintain a schedule during normal business hours that overlaps with those of their coworkers and Valiant's


Valiant Solutions is a Cybersecurity company delivering cutting-edge security solutions to our Government clients specializing in Cloud Security, Security Engineering, and Federal GRC. This is your chance to work with a wide range of Security technologies leading the architecture and engineering of a large program. You'll find Valiant to be a supportive company that will back you with training and certifications, and you'll find plenty of challenges with our forward-looking client. Valiant Solutions is a rapidly growing small business that cares about its employees- we've been named one of the Best Places to Work in the DC area SEVEN years in a row! A highlight of our benefits is included below the job description.



Candidates will join a fast-paced and creative team of incident response engineers, penetration testers, and forensic analysts focusing on the identification, interrogation, exploitation, and reporting of incidents for the enterprise. The incident analysis will be end-to-end including the network, underlying servers and infrastructure (physical and virtual) as well as the application.  Candidates will be required to perform incident response analysis uncovering attack vectors involving a variety, malware, data exposure, and phishing and social engineering methods.  The successful candidate must have a strong understanding of SIEM and supporting forensic tools.  The chosen candidate will participate in the remediation of incidents and responses that are generated from live threats against the enterprise.  All incidents will be recorded and reported per Federal policy and legislation.


Candidates will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Incident Response Process as well as the performance of threat hunting and SOC operations.  Interview will also focus on conceptual and procedural methodologies used to evaluate logical, physical and technical systems compromise. Candidates understanding of malware analysis, advanced persistent threat, infection vectors and defense strategies will be heavily focused on during the screening process. Additional emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s ability to articulate skills gained from experiences participating in incident response, malware analysis, SOC operations and Threat Hunting. 


Required Experience / Skills:

  • Minimum of eight (8) years technical experience
  • 6-8 Years of SOC/IR experience
  • Thorough understanding of security incident response processes
  • Demonstrated experience of the underlying logs generated by operating systems (Linux/Windows), Network Security Devices, and other enterprise tools
  • Demonstrated proficiencies with an enterprise SIEM or security analytics solution including the Elastic Stack or Splunk.
  • Solid understanding and experience analyzing security events generated from security tools and devices not limited to: Carbon Black, FireEye, Palo Alto, Cylance, and OSSEC
  • Experience and solid understanding of Malware analysis
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of event timeline analysis and APT 
  • Demonstrated proficiencies with application security testing including Chrome extensions
  • Valiant Solutions is a federal contractor and this position is subject to the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate as a condition of employment.  All applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine OR must have an approved reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements. See below for more details.

Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated proficiencies with one or more toolsets such as Core Impact and MetaSploit
  • Experience and solid understanding of manual and automated penetration methods
  • Demonstrate the suitability and use of COTS and Open Source discovery and analysis toolsets
  • Demonstrate proficiencies with application penetration testing (Java, .Net, and API {JSON})
  • Demonstrate experience with a programming or scripting language (Perl, Python, Ruby, or .Net)


Education Requirements:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Engineering, related degree or an additional three (3) years of relevant (technical) experience.

Required Certifications:

  • One of the following certifications is required:
  • GIAC-GCIH – Global Certified Incident Handler
  • GIAC-GCFE - Global Information Assurance Certification Forensic Examiner
  • GIAC-GCFA - Global Information Assurance Certification Forensic Analyst
  • GIAC-GNFA - GIAC Network Forensic Analyst


Desired Certifications: 

  • Note: One or more of the following may be required for consideration or attainment in the first 90 days of employment.
  • GIAC-GCIH – Global Certified Incident Handler
  • GIAC-GCFE - Global Information Assurance Certification Forensic Examiner
  • GIAC-GCFA - Global Information Assurance Certification Forensic Analyst
  • GIAC-GREM -  GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware
  • GIAC-GNFA - GIAC Network Forensic Analyst
  • GIAC-GCTI - GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • GIAC-GPen – GIAC Certified Penetration Tester
  • GIAC-GWAPT – GIAC Certified Web Application Penetration Tester
  • GIAC-GXPN – GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester
  • CEPT - Certified Expert Penetration Tester (CEPT)
  • CASS - Certified Application Security Specialist (CASS)
  • CWAPT - Certified Penetration Tester (CWAPT)
  • CREA - Certified Reverse Engineering Analyst (CREA) 


About Valiant Solutions:

Valiant Solutions is a security-focused IT solutions provider with both public and private sector clients nationwide. Named one of the fastest growing privately held companies by Inc. 5000, Washington Technology’s Fast 50, and Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in the D.C. area, Valiant Solutions prides itself on providing its employees with great benefits and career development opportunities. As a company, we are just as committed to growing careers as we are to building world-class IT solutions, all while enjoying an unparalleled work-life balance. We are in a phase of tremendous growth and building the team that will take us to the next level. We seek people whose talents and accomplishments will contribute to a thriving company, who have the character to support their capacity, and can make a positive impact on our culture. Alongside our talented team, you’ll learn to think quickly on your feet and expand your own personal and professional skillset. Our management team will inspire you to consider new perspectives and challenge you to become a better practitioner in the fast-paced industry of IT security. We hire people we respect – and we trust them to deliver results leveraging their expertise. If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment as part of a stellar team of professionals, then we invite you to apply online today.


Benefits Snapshot (includes, but not limited to):

Valiant pays 99% of the Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage for FTE

Valiant contributes 25% towards Health Coverage for Family and Dependents

100% Paid Short Term Disability and Life Insurance Policy for FTE

100% Paid Certifications

Wellness & Fitness Program

401K Matching up to 4%

Paid Time Off

Paid Time On – 40 hours to pursue innovation

Valiant University – Online Education and Training Portal

Reimbursement for Public Transit and Parking

FSA programs for: Medical Costs, Dependent Care, Transit, and Parking

Referral Bonuses


Vaccination Mandate:

In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to exceptions that may be required by law. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before your entrance on duty if you are selected after the compliance date. Human Resources will provide information for providing proof of vaccination and instructions for how to submit a request for a legally required exception, if needed, to comply with vaccination requirements.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Valiant Solutions is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sex stereotyping, gender identity, gender expression or transgender status), religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information/history or any other personal characteristic protected by law.


Physical Demands

Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time and also be able to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

Must be able to constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine, and computer printer.

Must be able to communicate, detect, converse with, discern, convey, express one self, and exchange information visually and verbally.

Must be able to occasionally bend and lift files and papers up to 10 pounds throughout the office space for events and meetings.


Work Environment:

Individual's primary workstation is located in an office area

The noise level in this environment is low to moderate


Authorization to Share Resume and Personal Information:

By submitting your resume for this position, you authorize Valiant Solutions to share your resume, as well as personal information included on the resume, with its subsidiaries, affiliates and teaming partners for the purpose of considering you for this position and other available positions requiring comparable skills, education and experience. Should Valiant Solutions or its affiliates and teaming partners wish to initiate pre-employment discussions, you will be asked to complete an employment application and related employment documents.



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