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Job Posting: REN-ISAC Principal Security Engineer
From: "Pearson, Douglas D" <dodpears () INDIANA EDU>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 15:05:50 -0400

REN-ISAC is seeking a Principal Security Engineer. Interested candidates
should visit


Doug Pearson
Technical Director, REN-ISAC
24x7 Watch Desk +1(317)278-6630


Position Overview:

REN-ISAC [http://www.ren-isac.net] is seeking a Principal Security
Engineer. Performs technical invention, implementation, and execution of
REN-ISAC cyber security information products and services. Represents
REN-ISAC as an authority for network security in higher education and
ensures that REN-ISAC cyber security activities are executed with the
highest standards. 
Performs complex matters at the intersections of technology, behavior,
politics, communications, and persuasion. Develops and maintains rich
relationships for information sharing among the higher education and
broader security communities.  Exerts influence to drive appropriate
reactions in security response, defense, and awareness.  Develops,
maintains, and executes threat data gathering methods. Develops and
maintains intimate working and information sharing relationships with
REN-ISAC members, with individuals in private and public security
collaborations and organizations, with engineers supporting national and
international research and education networks, and law enforcement.
Collects and analyzes information regarding known system
vulnerabilities, solutions, and intrusion methods and protections. 
Analyzes complicated systems, protocols, interactions, and data to
identify and respond to cyber security threats and vulnerabilities.
Develops alert, notification, and other information products based on
that analysis. Provides principal technical response to incidents that
affect the REN-ISAC served community or that affect supported backbone
networks. Advises and participates in the collection of technical
evidence. Makes educated independent judgments regarding risk versus
benefit and cost of protections. Provides recommendations on appropriate
tactical and strategic security actions that could have a direct impact
on important decisions made at the high levels of university IT
organizations. Provides a very high level of security technical and
practical expertise and consulting.  Provides training and leadership to
front-line watch desk technicians. Directs the technical activities of
other REN-ISAC team members on a daily basis and contributes to other
supervisory activities. Maintains a significant depth of knowledge in
many widely varied technology areas. Assists in the development of
REN-ISAC information product, strategies, and concept of operations.
Assists in the development of the breadth and depth of REN-ISAC
membership among higher educational institutions. 

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and six years of advanced systems
analysis/programming/systems administration, which includes two years of
computer security/abuse incident response and investigation experience
and two years of development, administration, and maintenance of
security systems and software, are required. Well established contacts
and a superior reputation in the higher education security community
required. Security analysis and response skills of the highest caliber
required. Extensive working knowledge of the IP protocol suite,
specifically relating to TCP and UDP protocol behavior and
interdependencies with the applications suite (e.g. DNS, SMTP, HTTP,
SSL/SSH, etc.) required. A demonstrated knowledge of tcpdump, netflow,
firewalls, router ACLs is required. A demonstrated knowledge of
intrusion detection and prevention devices is required. Extensive
working knowledge of the Microsoft and/or UNIX operating systems, and
the utilities used in system administration, system and kernel
customization, security analysis tools, system logging and security
incident diagnosis required. Linux system administration experience
required. Excellent oral/written communication skills, and interpersonal
skills required. 

Preferred qualifications: VMware administration experience. Extensive
experience in World-Wide-Web information and application delivery.
Experience with Perl and/or Python programming; ability to apply
security tools in small- and large-scale vulnerability assessments (ISS,
password cracking tools, etc.);  and practical experience with one or
more relational database packages; Experience in Macintosh operating
systems and applications. Experience in a university-based technology
environment. Ability to receive federal government secret security

Note: Criminal history background checks will be required for all
finalists and for OVPIT and UITS internal finalists with less than one
year on staff.


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