Digital Security Specialist - Digital Security Services

Information Technology
Entry/early career
Information Systems
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General Information

Type of contract Fixed-term contract which may be converted into a permanent contract after three years subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply? EU nationals

Salary E/F (1) (minimum full time monthly net salary €4,229 and benefits, see further information section)

Role specialisation Digital Security

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 11.10.2021

Your team

You will be part of the Digital Security Services Division in the Directorate General Information Systems. Our division, including over 30 members of staff, safeguards ECB against internal and external digital threats, promotes a culture of digital security to protect ECB’s digital assets and provides technical controls, mature security assurance and operational processes. We are currently embarking on a major overhaul of our technology and processes to make our Security Operations Centre (SOC) more resilient. To support this process, we are looking for a Digital Security Specialist to join a team of eight highly motivated and professional digital security experts.

You will initially focus on cyber-threat hunting and detection using pattern recognition techniques in the analysis of large datasets. In close collaboration with the rest of the SOC team and the Security Engineering team, you will work on developing innovative approaches to build and improve intrusion detection capabilities. 

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As a Digital Security Specialist you will:
  • develop and continuously improve the quality of detection use cases with a focus on data analysis and pattern recognition;
  • identify, analyse, and interpret trends or patterns in complex security datasets using statistical techniques;
  • develop data dashboards, graphs and visualisations;
  • carry out applied research on innovative methods to improve detection capabilities;
  • continuously monitor the relevance of deployed detection use cases;
  • support the resolution of security incidents, including handling incidents, carrying out computer forensic analysis, executing mitigation plans or providing assessments and recommendations.

This position offers you excellent opportunities to be closely involved in the digital operations of a state-of-the-art security operations centre. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a bachelor’s degree in a scientific, technological, engineering, mathematics or another relevant field (click here for details on degree equivalences);
  • in addition to the above, a minimum of two years’ experience in a digital security-related operational role; 
  • a sound understanding of network architectures, networking protocols, operating system internals and attackers’ tactics;
  • knowledge of the current cyber-threat landscape, familiarity with cyber-threat reports from security vendors, experience with OSINT tools and analysis;
  • ability to integrate, query and manipulate large datasets for analytical purposes, also by using common scripting languages;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • experience with Splunk, ElasticSearch, or similar, would be a distinct advantage;
  • a good understanding of malware mechanics;
  • familiarity with tools such as Metasploit, Sysinternals Suite, Wireshark, Redline;
You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.

You are motivated to be part of our team and to develop and use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position. You are aware of your strengths and areas for development and know what motivates you to perform at your highest level.

Working modalities

We are willing to discuss part-time arrangements. 

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a pre-recorded video interview in the pre-selection phase and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase – a written exercise, a presentation and interviews. 

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