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Cyber Security Analyst - CO or MN Job

Job Grade: Q
Hierarchy:  No - We can only hire at the posted level 
Union Position: Non-Bargaining



Position Summary

Cyber Analyst will be primarily accountable for the investigation and management of escalated events from Tiers 1 analysts, while collaborating with technical support teams in the investigation, remediation, recovery, and prevention of cybersecurity threats. Utilizing industry standard tools, including SIEM, IPS/IDS, user behavioral analytics, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and vulnerability scanners to strengthen security posture. Finally, function as the on-call investigator for escalated incidents.

Essential Responsibilities


  • Perform cyber investigations and maintain forensic evidence as needed. Act as main investigators for potential events identified by Tier 1 analysts. Operate autonomously to further investigate and escalate in accordance with protocols and contractual SLAs. Identify, analyze, and respond to security incidents as they occur. Follow standard operating procedures to perform internal and external escalations. Utilize IDSs and SIEMs to monitor networks and systems. Support system build and platform maintenance.
  • Working within the established playbooks as defined. Defining protocols and maturing playbooks of operational response to cyber threats.
  • Conduct root cause analysis of security events and incidents to provide details and recommendations.
  • Provide ongoing teaching / mentoring to Tier 1 Associate Cyber Security Analysts.

Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in computer science, technology, accounting or business or equivalent combination of education and experience.Minimum of five years’ experience in I/T including three years direct experience in cyber security.
  • Must possess a broad knowledge relating to I/T infrastructures and have in-depth and up-to-date experience with multiple operating systems and desk side integration.
  • Three (3+) years of experience in network defense environments.
  • Strong understanding of proxy analysis.
  • Must be able to read proxy logs.Strong logical/critical thinking abilities, especially analyzing network traffic and IDS events for malicious intent.
  • Proficiency in cyber threat exploitation patterns, from discovery through establishing a persistent presence.
  • Experience working in a Security Operations Center or Network Operations Center environment.
  • Knowledge of Control Frameworks and Risk Management techniques.

Preferred Requirements



  • One or more certifications in Security/Networking including Security+, GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, CISSP or other security specific vendor/product certifications.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Experience with various network defense toolsets.
  • Understanding of command line scripting and implementation.
  • Ability to write new content/searches/scripts.
  • Familiarity with Splunk Enterprise Security.Strong understanding of networking.
  • Ability to perform netflow / packet capture analysis.
  • Experience with cyber threat hunting.





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As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  CO - Denver || CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Customer And Innovation || 42690:Monitoring Anlys & Resilience || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $77,000 to $109,666 per year

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Requisition Number: 37347

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