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Cyber Security Analyst

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023


The ISD Cyber Security Sector is responsible for monitoring and protecting Laboratory information systems. The sector operates and maintains computer network defense (CND) tools and data sources (network and host level) in support of incident response and mitigation processes. Services include briefings to management, advising them of issues that may affect the Laboratory's security posture. The sector also conducts vulnerability assessment scanning at the network, system, and application levels, and coordinates mitigations and communications to the Laboratory community.


Position Description


The Cyber Security Analyst position will be a member of multiple Security Operations Center (SOC)teams where they will perform daily SOC operations and serve on specialized teams which threat hunt, manage vulnerabilities, and work to standardize SOC functions through play book development, data analysis & reporting, and through the management of tools. While the SOC has a tiered structure, job rotation and cross training are key to the analysts’ success. The primary function, in this context, is to bring experience and talent to the position such that you can help drive the rapid tempo of the environment.


During an interview you may be asked to demonstrate skills in threat hunting, vulnerability management, SIEM / SOAR tools, basic engineering or engage in a discussion on malware analysis. It isn’t expected that you have mastered all of these skills, but can demonstrate sounding thinking in how you would approach them and some familiarity with the skills and techniques involved.




  • 4+ years’ experience in the information security technology field
  • Strong familiarity with operating system diagnostics, network design and troubleshooting, and how to diagnose security controls and logs for evidence and indicators of compromise
  • Good understanding of vulnerabilities, how vulnerabilities are detected and mitigated, how to rate the risk associated with an emerging vulnerability
  • Basic threat management and how to do research across multiple sources to correlate and provide accurate scope to identify, contain, eradicate and recover from a security incident




  • BS in an IT related field of study preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve ongoing educational training. While a SANS, (ISC)2, or ISACA certification is not required, most candidates will have gone through this or similar processes in order to achieve their commitment to ongoing training
  • Demonstrated ability to create and contribute to teams in a collaborative and constructive manner




  • Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance
  • Occasional off hour / on duty support is necessary
  • Occasional travel for meetings and training is likely (<10%)





At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include: 


  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans
  • MIT-funded pension
  • Matching 401K
  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)
  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs
  • Mentorship programs
  • A range of work-life balance options
  • ... and much more!  


Please visit our Benefits page for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary 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.

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: 40485