Cybersecurity Analyst II (Senior Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) Analyst)

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Cybersecurity Analyst II (Senior Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) Analyst)
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Position Title:
Cybersecurity Analyst II
(Senior Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) Analyst)


Military Occupation Specialty Code:
Army-17C, 25D, 26A, 26B, 26Z; Navy-IS, 683X; Coast Guard-IS, CYB10, CYB11, CYB12, CYB13, CYB14; Marine Corps-0631, 0639, 0679, 0605; Air Force-3D0X2, 3D1X1, 14NX


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Office of the Chief Information Security Office / Security Operations

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Agency Address:
300 W. 15th St, Austin, TX 78701

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


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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. 
A role within the Office of the State Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) that combines progressive incident response program development, works with many diverse organizations, plans for and responds to Cyber events, and reviews and communicates threats and vulnerabilities to a wide range of stakeholders. You will play a critical role in establishing the first Statewide Cybersecurity Incident Response Team (CIRT). The CIRT will be vital to the security posture of Texas and its citizens by responding to cybersecurity incidents in Texas and preparing our state for future cyber incidents. If you are looking to be a changemaker, this role is for you!

This role performs advanced (senior-level) cybersecurity analysis work. Work involves protecting cybersecurity assets and delivering cybersecurity incident detection, incident response, threat assessments, cyber intelligence, software security, and vulnerability assessment services. Will be a visible figure in the State’s efforts to develop, expand, and deliver cybersecurity Incident Response Services, standards, analysis, and guidance. Will interact frequently with state agencies, institutions of higher education, local governmental officials, and other interagency personnel using a variety of communication mechanisms to engage and deliver incident response services, preparedness information, and program delivery of the Cyber Incident Response Team.  Work with the rest of the OCISO team to collaboratively identify and deliver statewide security program improvements and continuously improve the security posture of the State of Texas as a whole. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. May, at times, assign and/or oversee the work of others.

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

  • The CIRT Analyst will assist in developing, maintaining, or supporting a Threat intelligence capability to identify current and emerging security risks to the state of Texas. Supports development and maintenance of the DIR State of TX CIRT security incident response process, including all required supporting materials
  • Provide Threat intelligence and CIRT program management to support the overall security posture of the state of Texas, including its agencies, institutions of higher education, cities, counties, school districts, special districts, and other qualified governmental entities
  • Plays a key role in the OCISO by supporting Cyber Incident Response Activities and Services for any eligible governmental entity across the state of Texas and provides recommendations to prevent Cybersecurity Incidents.  Support the Planning, exercise, and preparedness of actual incident response activities for various local and state government partners to support the state’s incident response capability
  • Coordinates with industry partners, government agencies (including law enforcement and intelligence agencies,) and other specialists to establish and maintain situational awareness on current and emerging risks and threats to the state. Examples include but are not limited to the DIR Network Security Operations Center (NSOC), any Regional Security Operations Centers (RSOC) and at time Federally provided Security Operations Center ex: MS-ISAC SOC, provided internally or by an externally managed security services provider, to identify, assess, and respond to security incidents
  • Uses open source and commercial intelligence providers to gain insight into adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures, as well as planned activities and emerging motivations
  • Advises the Department leadership and state cybersecurity community of significant emerging threats and provide both strategic and tactical steps to counteract these threats. Confers with agencies to discuss issues relating to information security. Researches, identifies, evaluates, and recommends systems and procedures in the field of Cybersecurity
  • Deliver direct incident response support to mitigate the impacts and support impacted organizations transition to recovery during cybersecurity incidents in the state. Under normal operating conditions, the CIRT Analyst role will work to the usual organizational policies and norms of the broader OCISO and CIRT team. However, if the CIRT Analyst is notified outside of normal working hours of a potential incident, then the CIRT Analyst will be expected to perform the role out of hours to the extent required to respond to the Cyber Incident. The CIRT Analyst will be expected to be prepared to respond to Security Incident across the State of TX as the CIRT team will be operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and off-site as needed
  • Performs related work 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
  • Additional years of work-related experience may be used to substitute for each year of formal education. (High School diploma or equivalent certificate required.)


  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the IT industry
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in information technology security or project management work 
  • One (1) years of experience in responding to security incidents


  • Project management experience in an information technology environment
  • Experience and training in analyzing, recommending, developing, and implementing cogent enterprise-wide policies, standards, and guidelines 
  • Experience working with state or federal IT regulatory issues and processes
  • Experience in researching and documenting findings on information technology issues, processes, or programs
  • Have or work towards obtaining Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) GAIC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), GCFE Certified Forensic Examiner (GAIC ), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC), Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) and/or CyberSec First Responder (CFR) or similar certification, or serve as a SME on a certification creation committee or equivalent


  • Knowledge of applied “sound security” concepts, such as the principal of least privilege, the use of multi-factor authentication and identity and access management.
  • Broad understanding of the cybersecurity landscape including identity management, access management, access governance, and privileged access management capabilities and methodologies
  • Knowledge of generally accepted information technology standards and practices; of information technology practices; and of information technology management practices
  • Knowledge of the security limitations and capabilities of computer systems and of information security practices, procedures, and regulations
  • Knowledge of security architecture and security program requirements
  • 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, standards, and best practices
  • Knowledge of ITIL processes and standards
  • Knowledge of standard concepts, practices, and procedures for computer operations and data center operations
  • Knowledge of benchmarking activities and expectations
  • Ability to communicate effectively using interpersonal skills and appropriate supporting technology.
  • Ability to promote and support the overall mission, goals, and efforts Office of the CISO and Statewide Security Program
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to manage projects to resolve complex 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 work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment
  • Ability to understand, follow, and convey complex oral and/or written instructions
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks
  • Ability to work outside of normal working hours in response to cyber incidents
  • Ability to work occasional overtime and/or a flexible schedule as needed to meet required deadlines
  • Ability to travel as necessary and in response to cyber incidents
  • 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), project management tools (Microsoft Project preferred)


  • Regular and punctual attendance
  • Criminal background check 


  • Exposure to the standard office environment and office conditions
  • Job involves moderate amount of walking daily
  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers, and telephone 
  • Frequent sitting, listening, and talking 
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others 
  • Occasional bending and stooping 
  • Infrequent lifting and climbing 
  • Work outside of normal working hours to the extent required to respond to the cyber incident 
  • Interstate travel to the extent required to respond to security incidents across the State of Texas

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