Tier 2 Incident Commander

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Job ID 2022-4194
Regular Full-Time

Position Description

Valiant Solutions is seeking multiple Incident Response/ Tier 2 SOC Analysts to join our rapidly growing team in Washington DC in hybrid role (1 or 2 days in office, other days remote). Candidates can be considered for the following shift:

  • Day: Sun - Wed. (6am - 4pm)
  • Day: Mon - Fri. (8am - 5pm)
  • Mid: Sun - Wed. (Noon - 10pm)

Candidates will join a fast-paced and creative team of incident response engineers, threat hunters, 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 and cloud.  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 EIGHT years in a row


This position allows for partial remote work. Remote work necessitates a high-level trust in our employees and we strictly adhere to the details found below in our Remote Work Policy. 


Position Description: As a Tier 2 SOC Incident Responder, you and team will be responsible for manning a 24x7x365 cybersecurity operations center and responding to escalated alerts, notification, communications and providing incident response activities such as tracking the incident, communication with stakeholders, remediation and recovery actions and reporting.  Ensure reports are properly entered into the incident tracking system and will coordinate with the reporting entity to gain full understanding of the event and details.  Expected to have knowledge of cybersecurity incidents, anomaly analysis, log analysis, digital forensics, common threat vectors and be able to comprehend reports and determine what additional action and response activities may be required to resolve an incident. Follow established SOP’s, policies and other procedures for escalation and notification of Federal Leadership and reporting. The ideal candidate must have a good understanding of Splunk SIEM and supporting forensic tools.



  • Supports/develops reports during and after incidents, which include all actions taken to properly mitigate, recover and return operations to normal operations.
  • Lead and actively participate in security-related meetings and discussions with the client
  • Perform incident response analysis based on investigation requirements
  • Participate in the remediation of incidents and responses that are generated from live threats against the enterprise
  • Record and report all incidents per Federal and department policy
  • Create and track network incidents and investigations through closure
  • Serve as key personnel for Incident Management; provide coordination, task assignment and process guidance for incident response event
  • Monitor and investigate security events received through the SIEM or other security tools
  • Carry out Level 2 triage of incoming Incidents (initial IR assessment of the priority of the event, initial determination of incident nature to determine risk and damage, or appropriate routing of security or privacy data request)
  • Manage assigned investigations to ensure they are being actively worked on and assist Tier 1 analysts as needed to resolve investigations
  • Review, revise and recommend technical, process, and physical controls.
  • Develop and implement defensive cyber best practice tactics, techniques and procedures



  • 5+ years of relevant work experience or a Bachelor’s Degree with 2+ years of relevant experience
  • US Citizenship and must be able to pass a background investigation (up to Top Secret)
  • MUST HAVE one of the following ACTIVE certifications: CISSP, GCIH, or CASP+
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, presentation/facilitation, and written communication skills. Comfortable presenting briefings to the client.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the Incident Response Process and SOC operations, and good understanding in threat hunting
  • Good understanding of system log information and where to collect specific data/attributes as required for the Incident Event
  • Operational understanding of enterprise networking and security tools (firewalls, Antivirus, HIDS, IDS/IPS, proxy, WAF), Windows and Unix/Linux systems’ operations
  • Experience performing log analysis and reporting
  • Experience creating and tracking investigations to resolution
  • Experience with Endpoint security solutions, including but not limited to: Windows Defender, Tanium, FireEye Solutions, Antivirus Solutions, and EDR Tools
  • Understanding of compliance or regulatory frameworks (i.e., FISMA, NIST, ISO)
  • Solid understanding of the application, authentication, network security principles and operating system hardening techniques
  • General knowledge of cyber-attack frameworks(MITRE ATT&CK and Lockheed Cyber Kill Chain)
  • Understanding of Computer Network Defense (CND) policies, procedures, and regulations
  • SIEM monitoring and analysis, analyze network traffic, log analysis, prioritize and differentiate between potential intrusion attempts and false alarms
  • Ability to work with or support senior leaders to understand risk factors and communicate effective mitigation strategies
  • Ability to work independently to address and resolve a security incident with minimal supervision
  • 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.


About Valiant Solutions

Valiant Solutions is a security-focused IT solutions provider with public clients nationwide. We are a HUBZone small business and we encourage all candidates who live in a HUBZone to apply. 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 skill set. 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 Full-time Employees

Valiant contributes 25% towards Health Coverage for Family and Dependents

100% Paid Short Term Disability and Life Insurance Policy for Full-time Employees

100% Paid Certifications

401K Matching up to 4%

Paid Time Off

Paid Time On – 40 hours to pursue innovation

Wellness & Fitness Program

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


Remote Work Policy 

Remote work necessitates a high-level of 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 and availability to their job duties during working hours, and maintain a schedule during core business hours that align with those of their coworkers and Valiant's clients. Additionally, in alignment with the Office of the Inspector General’s effort to eliminate conflicting employment, all Valiant employees are required to disclose any current or future outside employment engagements. During onboarding and throughout employment, employees must disclose any current activities or intent to engage in outside employment or other professional activities and obtain written approval.  Employees may not solicit or conduct any outside business during core business hours for Valiant Solutions and our clients.


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 on 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

Sitting or standing at a desk for prolonged periods of time and consistent operation of a computer. Frequent communication and exchanging of accurate information via electronic communication, phones, and in person. Occasionally lift and/or move moderate amounts of weight, typically less than 20 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


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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