Cybersecurity Analyst II (Lead Cybersecurity Analyst)

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Position Title:      

Cybersecurity Analyst II (Lead Cybersecurity Analyst)



Military Occupation Specialty Code:        

Army 17C, 25B, 25D, 170A, 255S; Navy 784X; Marine Corps 0605; 0681, 0688, 1721, Airforce 1D7X1; 3D0X2, 3D0X3, 17DX



Number of Vacancies:



Program Operations/Network Security Operations

Salary Range:

$6666.67 - $8583.33 / monthly



Hours Worked Weekly:     






Agency Address: 

300 W. 15th St, Suite 1300, Austin, TX 78701

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(512) 463-5920 or (512) 475-4612


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Candidates will be notified for appointments as determined by the selection committee.


Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25 years, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or proof of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.


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The Texas Department of Information Resources is the state agency charged with protecting the state's data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-million-dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government.  DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with highly motivated and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state.

This position supports the Security Operations Environment for the state of Texas. The position also performs advanced (senior-level) cybersecurity analysis work. Work involves protecting cybersecurity assets and delivering cybersecurity incident detection, incident response, threat assessment, cyber intelligence, software security, and vulnerability assessment services. Additional responsibilities include collaborating with other team members to develop or enhance processes that support the state of Texas cybersecurity operations.  May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


The ideal candidate will have the ability to highlight their strengths in the following functions:

  • Serves as a lead Cybersecurity Analyst at the DIR Security Operations Center and assumes leadership when the Security Operations Manager is unavailable. This role will require the ability to participate in an on-call rotation for security incidents and may serve as an escalation point for any bridges or declared security incidents across DIRs wide customer base and Shared Technology Services (STS). 
  • Supports the overall security operations program. Develops key statistics and metrics for reporting on the Security Operations Center and Shared Technology Services (STS) Security Program and vendors to State Leadership. Reviews operational solutions to ensure compliance with approved security practices.
  • Monitors and ensures that Service Providers meet prescribed comprehensive infrastructure and data security contractual obligations. Ensures the Service Provider develops appropriate risk mitigation programs and practices.
  • Provides oversight and guidance to cybersecurity analysts performing the monitoring & alerting of state of Texas networks and digital assets.
  • Works with the customer community to ensure DIR meets the customer's security needs. Provides expert leadership, assistance, and advice to DIR customers and staff regarding cybersecurity procedures.
  • Coordinates communications regarding security events, incidents, and threats to state agencies and partners.
  • Reviews/evaluates plans, test outcomes, risk assessments, proposed processes, systems, preventative measures, and other proposals from a security perspective.
  • Maintains up to date knowledge of cybersecurity threats and techniques including awareness of new or revised security threats and/or the development of new attacks and threat vectors. Coordinates the implementation of countermeasures to these threats where applicable with DIR staff, agency personnel, and/or outside vendors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in information technology security, computer information systems, computer science, management information systems, or a related field
  • Two additional years of work-related experience may be substituted for each year of formal education. (High School diploma or equivalent certificate required.)


  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the IT industry
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in IT security analysis or IT security management
  • Experience in security policy or process development and implementation
  • Experience in implementing security platforms, processes and tools
  • Experience with security tools and platforms such as intrusion detection systems (IDS)/intrusion protection systems (IPS), security information/event management (SIEM), audio/video(A/V), Firewalls, vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, and cloud security services and controls.
  • Experience with detecting and assessing threats such as network and asset vulnerabilities


  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC), or equivalent certification.
  • Experience in cybersecurity analysis or cybersecurity management in state government or other highly regulated environment
  • Experience in security incident handling, investigation, and/or response
  • Experience and training in analyzing, recommending, developing, and implementing cogent enterprise-wide cybersecurity policies, standards, and guidelines
  • Experience working with state or federal IT regulatory issues and processes
  • Experience in hands-on support of heterogeneous enterprise class networks (>20,000 devices).
  • Experience with various Access Control methods and elements including multiple, large firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), and authentication (e.g. 802.1x and RADIUS) 
  • Experience in a leadership or supervisory role


  • Knowledge of relevant DIR IT Security Services and regulations including Texas Government Code chapter 2059, Texas Administrative Code § 202, and other related security codes, documentation, and best practices
  • Knowledge of Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes and standards
  • Knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures for cybersecurity operations or command centers
  • Knowledge of security incident investigative best practices
  • Knowledge of benchmarking activities and expectations
  • Knowledge of generally accepted information technology audit standards and practices; of information technology security and control practices; and of information technology management practices preferred.
  • Knowledge of the security limitations and capabilities of computer systems; of technology across network layers and computer platforms; of the operational support of networking, operating systems, Internet technologies, databases, and security application support; and of information security practices, procedures, and regulations preferred. 
  • Skill in configuring, deploying, and monitoring security infrastructure
  • Skill in collecting and analyzing complex data; in evaluating information and systems; in drawing logical conclusions; in assessing the effectiveness of internal controls over key information technology risks; in identifying significant exposures; in analyzing transactions and management information; in detecting changes in key risks and/or control effectiveness; in developing appropriate recommendations to address exposures; and in using analytical software tools, data analysis methods, and other computer applications preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good understanding of VPN management and trouble resolution.
  • Good understanding of Windows and Unix Operating Systems
  • Good understanding of State information security framework to include TAC 202, Agency Security plans, and Texas Cybersecurity Framework which is based on NIST.
  • Ability to take ownership of systems and processes and work both independently and in collaboration with team members, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment
  • Ability to quickly adapt to rapidly changing business needs and operational directives and deliver superior results
  • Ability to adapt information delivery based on target audience
  • Ability to resolve complex security issues in diverse and decentralized environments
  • Ability to assist executives, through discussion and facilitation, in the process of evaluating and implementing security architecture and policies
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal and external customers
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing; and in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment
  • Ability to understand, follow, and convey brief oral and/or written instructions
  • Ability to work occasional overtime and/or a flexible schedule as needed to meet required deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks
  • Ability to travel as necessary
  • Ability to comply with all agency policy and applicable laws
  • Ability to comply with all applicable health and safety rules, regulations, and standards


  • Proficiency in the use of a personal computer and applicable software necessary to perform work assignments e.g., word processing, spreadsheets (Microsoft Office preferred)


  • Regular and punctual attendance.
  • Criminal background check


  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers, and telephone
  • Frequent standing, sitting, listening, and talking
  • Occasional bending and stooping
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others
  • Infrequent lifting and climbing
  • May work extended or on-call hours