Cyber Defense Analyst - Associate - Flexible Contracts

City of Edinburgh
16 Mar 2021
12 Apr 2021
Consultancy, IT
Contract Type

This role is open specifically for people who are looking to work flexibly.

We know everyone’s lives are different and that traditional working patterns may not be quite right for you. Whether you’ve taken a career break, had time out to support family or are looking to balance your career with another passion of yours, we can offer you a flexible contract.

  • We are open to flexible contracts

Upon joining the firm you will have access to various training to give you the opportunity to upskill yourself on our various systems. You’ll also benefit from a programme specifically designed to support flexible workers integrate into the firm and introduce you to other people across our networks.

Who we’re looking for

Are you passionate about practical, large-scale defence within Cyber Security? State sponsored attacks, corporate hacking, data breaches, economic espionage and targeted intrusions, including APT.

The scale and complexity of Cyber-attacks is increasing every day and businesses need a trusted ally to steer them through this challenging landscape.

About the team

As a Cyber Defence Analyst at PwC you will form a key part of the team responsible for the development, management and execution of our Managed Cyber Defence services to our global clients. Global is the operative word because we operate internationally with a focus on consistency and availability to our client base at any time.

About The Role

The Cyber Defence Analyst role will primarily consist of analysing security event data on behalf of a wide variety of client organisations - primarily host based, although capabilities in network, application and database security will always be valuable. Within the role you will help in the cyber defence of complex, enterprise-wide digital security environments by identifying events of concern and providing strong technical input to the client organisations’ response.

Preference may be given to candidates available to work in our Edinburgh, UK or Wellington, NZ offices - however, remote working could be possible for the right candidate. The role involves minimal travel and is primarily remote from our client organisations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prioritizing and differentiating between potential intrusion attempts and false alarms. 
  • Examples of incidents involve unauthorized access, suspicious services, malware identification, etc.
  • Work within, and ultimately help shape, our response framework for globally scalable cyber defence
  • Provide technical guidance to client organisations to correctly gather relevant data, analyse and respond to cyber security incidents
  • Contributes to the development of policies, standards and guidelines.
  • Apply broad security industry, technology, business and professional knowledge to contribute to policy-making and process design.
  • Correlate threat intelligence with active attacks and vulnerabilities within the enterprise.
  • Monitor and analyse security events and identify trends, attacks, and potential threats.
  • Research and stay current on the latest trends, best practices, and technology developments.
  • Facilitate the integration of threat and data feeds for the purposes of incident response.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong knowledge of Windows System Internals, Defender, Active Directory’s role within the enterprise and the ability to
  • Ability to identify patterns and trends in events, and to extract useful indicators of compromise from that data.
  • Previous host-based investigative or analysis work is strongly beneficial
  • A background in client facing business-to-business work
  • Excellent written communication skills are a must
  • A strongly developed interest in systems security
  • Relevant areas of certification may include SANS / GIAC, OSCP or similar
  • Experience of gleaning and analysing security information from a large variety of host and network based technologies - tell us what you bring to the table.
  • Ability to assess the output of of malware analysis and sandboxing techniques.
  • While not a core requirement, knowledge of scripting languages such as Python, Perl or PowerShell and their use in process automation and data analysis is beneficial.

The skills we look for in future employees

All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, ‘The PwC Professional’ and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.


Valuing Difference. Driving Inclusion.

We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool because creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business, enabling us to solve important problems and deliver value to our clients. We encourage an inclusive culture where people can be themselves, are valued for their strengths and are empowered to be the best they can be. As an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we also support different ways of working offering flexible working arrangements.

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