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Information Security, Forensic Analysis Center (FAC) LEAD Student

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The Security Services Department’s overall mission is to identify and counter security threats to the MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s mission of development of game-changing technology in support of National Security, including guarding against compromise by foreign intelligence agencies and insider threats. To accomplish this mission, this department formulates and implements policies, plans, and actions designed to protect facilities against threats of vandalism, accidental destruction, and sabotage; and safeguards personnel, classified and unclassified information systems, personal identifiable information, property, and other assets from exploitation and recruitment by foreign intelligence agencies.


We foster a diverse and inclusive culture where security professionals from a wide range of backgrounds are empowered to solve complex security problems in close collaboration with Laboratory research teams and Government counterparts. Our people are our most important resource, and we encourage a casual and flexible opportunity-filled working environment that is technology-focused. Where mission needs can be met, the Security Services Department encourages flexible schedules and hybrid remote work arrangements.

Who are we?

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) whose mission is research in support of National Security.
* Mission - The Security Services Department’s (SSD) overall mission is to identify and counter security threats to the MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s mission of development of game-changing technology in support of national security, including guarding against compromise by foreign intelligence agencies and insider threats.
* Culture – We foster an inclusive, opportunity-filled environment of empowered team members from diverse backgrounds.


Cybersecurity -Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Student – Forensic Analysis Center (FAC)

The six (6) month LEAD program will provide current students with real world opportunities to gain experience in a fast-paced industrial security environment.
The FAC is a Tier-3 technical analysis section within the SSD Cybersecurity Group. The FAC supports cyber investigations by conducting digital forensic examinations. Additionally, the FAC provides specialized technical and operational threat intelligence and analysis capabilities to support cybersecurity operations.

What will you do?

 Support host system forensic analysis to assist with cyber investigations 
* Assist with the development of new forensic procedures and techniques  
* Develop training and ensure information security operating procedures are updated/accurate 
* Collaborate with Laboratory cyber research staff
* Conduct testing of forensic tools and upgrade as necessary
* Assist with various cyber threat intelligence efforts

How will you grow?

You will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, thrive and belong.
* Leadership: Room to advance on your team or to lead cross-functional projects.
* Growth Opportunities: Potential for lateral and vertical movement.
* Education/Training: Management training, mentorship, in-house and external courses.
* Exposure: Engagement with sponsors, stakeholders, Laboratory leadership and other Departments and Divisions.
* Community: Participation is encouraged for Laboratory social events, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), clubs and study groups, volunteering and community service projects.

What you need:

 To work with MITLL, all employees must meet certain basic requirements.
* The ability to obtain and maintain an interim secret clearance 
* Must be a U.S. Citizen.
* Successfully pass a background check.
* Valid COVID-19 vaccination (to include a booster shot).
* Active participation in an accredited bachelor’s / master's degree program in Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems
* Familiarity with securing operating systems such as Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, Mac, etc. is required.
* Demonstrated capability in presenting ideas written and orally within a cross-functional environment is required.
* The successful candidate will be subject to pre-employment investigation and must meet all eligibility requirements for access to classified information

Ideally, you will have:

The Laboratory values experiences from diverse backgrounds and occupations. The most successful candidates will have the following skills and qualifications.
* Highly motivated, interested in the fields of cyber defense and cyber research, inquisitive, and able to research new highly technical subjects.
* Familiarity with the operation of and forensic artifacts associated with modern operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux). 
* Familiarity with sound digital forensic principles, techniques, and processes.
* Understanding of enterprise networks, security infrastructure, and common protocols.
* Familiarity with virtualization technologies and cloud computing.
* Familiarity with mobile device (iOS/Android) security environments.
* Knowledge of enterprise networks, security infrastructure, and common protocols
* Ability to distill complex technical subjects into business terms for decision makers


MIT Lincoln Laboratory offers a plethora of benefits for its employees: matching 401k, pension, flexible/hybrid working options, leave (parental, military, etc.), health, dental, vision, pet insurance, tuition reimbursement and continuing studies programs, mentorship networks, and more. For more information, see our Benefits page. As an employee of MIT, you will also receive numerous benefits, discounts and perks.


Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.


To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.


Requisition ID: 40493 #CJ