Digital Security Specialist

Information Technology
Information Systems

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 (bracket 1 - step 1) full time monthly net salary: €4,611 plus benefits, for further information see what we offer.

Role specialisation Digital Security

Working time Full time

On-call? Yes

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 10.10.2023

Your team

You will be part of the Digital Security Services Division in the Directorate General Information Systems. The Division has over 40 staff responsible for implementing digital security policies and technologies and for providing operational security services. We are constantly refining our technology and processes to maintain a state-of-the-art security operations centre. To support this process, we are looking for a Digital Security Specialist to join a team of eight highly motivated digital security professionals.

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 charts;
  • carry out applied, innovative research to improve detection capabilities;
  • continuously monitor the relevance of deployed detection use cases;
  • support the resolution of security incidents, including incident management, carrying out computer forensic analysis, executing mitigation plans or providing assessments and recommendations.

This position offers you excellent opportunities to work on very technical topics with other highly skilled professionals. Your contribution could prevent digital security incidents from causing significant damage. 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 or equivalent in digital security or another relevant field (see How you can join us for details on degree equivalences);
  • knowledge of the work of a computer security incident response team;
  • a sound understanding of network protocols, operating system internals and cyber attackers’ tactics;
  • the ability to integrate, query and manipulate large datasets for analytical purposes, using common programming or scripting languages where relevant;
  • 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.

  • a minimum of two years’ experience in the field of digital security operations;
  • experience using Splunk, ElasticSearch or similar software/programmes;
  • familiarity with tools such as Metasploit, Sysinternals Suite and/or Wireshark.

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 aims of this position.

Working modalities

We would be happy to discuss a part-time arrangement for this role.

Further information

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the team lead, Carsten Köhler, on +49 (69) 13445904 between 15:00 and 16:00 on Thursday, 28 September 2023.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will be conducted remotely. It will include a written exercise, a presentation and an interview.

If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list (see step 4 of How we hire), from which you might be considered for similar positions within the ECB.

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