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Phia Network Security Specialist in Arlington, Virginia


phia, LLC is seeking a skilled Network Security Specialist to support a large Federal Security Operations Center (SOC) and its 24x7 mission. This team focuses on Network Data & Forensics Analytics.


  • Conduct technical analysis of network traffic to identify anomalies, which may represent potentially malicious activity, and document the analysis in prescribed formats

  • Monitor and understand emerging threats on open source, defined as those technical vulnerabilities and exploits that could present a threat to government networks, analyze tools and exploits, and document the analysis in prescribed formats

  • Monitor IDS/IPS alerts, analyze associated network traffic, and document the analysis in prescribed formats

  • Report detected incidents to agencies, work toward resolution, escalate when required according to SOP

  • Develop IDS/IPS signatures based on indicators and analysis

  • Test IDS/IPS signatures to determine successful detection and level of false positives

  • Deploy IDS/IPS signatures based on SOPs

  • Conduct technical analysis of data from partners, constituents, and monitoring systems to understand the nature of attacks, threats, and vulnerabilities

  • Assist with the development of mitigation strategies

  • Coordinate, communicate, share information, with CS&C and NCCIC components

  • Deploy to provide on-site support and assistance in the event of an exercise or cyber incident

  • Identify and document network-based tactics, techniques, and procedures used by an attacker to gain unauthorized system access

  • Participate in inter-agency sponsored community of interest analysis groups, and technical briefings and exchanges.Assist with developing and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures

  • Support the collection and reporting of performance metrics



  • Bachelors of Science in IT/technical field or related

  • 3-15 years of relevant work experience

  • Advanced skills in developing IDS signatures and ability to conceptualize IDS signatures from otherwise disparate information

  • Highly proficient in working with SNORT IDS software

  • In-depth understanding of SOC/NOC operations

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to work autonomously

  • Active SSBIwith ability to obtain a DHS background investigation (EOD)


  • DODD 8570 Level II certification (SANS certifications, CISSP)

  • Experience leading and managing within SOC/NOC operations

  • Familiarity with Kill Chain for incident response

  • Familiarity with malware analysis

  • Familiarity with forensics

  • Familiarity with incident response products and best practices

  • Experience with database (e.g. MS Access, SQL) and/or portal administration (e.g. SharePoint)

  • Customer service experience


TRAVEL: < 5%


SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: Active SSBI with ability to obtain a DHS background investigation (EOD)




phia LLC ("phia") is a Northern Virginia based, 8a certified small business established in 2011 with focus in Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Security/Defense, Intrusion Analysis & Incident Response, Cyber Architecture & Capability Analysis, Cyber Policy & Strategy, Information Assurance/Security, Compliance, Certification & Accreditation, Communications Security, Traditional Security, and Facilities Security. phia also provides cyber operations support functions such as: Program and Process Management, Engineering, Development, and Systems Administration that allows for Cyber Operations to efficiently integrate our customer’s missions and objectives. phia supports various agencies and offices within the Department of Defense (DoD), Federal government, and private/commercial entities.

phia offers excellent benefits for full time W2 candidates to enhance the work-life balance, these include the following:

  • Medical Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Life Insurance

  • Short Term & Long-Term Disability

  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan with Company Match

  • Paid Holidays

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • Tuition and Professional Development Assistance

  • Flex Spending Accounts (FSA)

  • Parking Reimbursement

  • Monthly Payroll