Job Title: 

Threat Intelligence Specialist (Consulting Associate)

Job Description

The successful Intelligence specialist will have experience in delivery of high-impact reports and briefings to CRA clients in various industries. The specialist will utilize CRA’s sources, methods, and data to provide the client with tailormade context about the evolving threat landscape, industries or specific topics. The successful candidate can interpret and analyze large, sometimes ambiguous, data sets and has experience in delivery of briefings and production of intel products to current and future CRA clients in various industries. Intelligence Specialists are responsible for providing intelligence analysis in order to identify threats, quantify vulnerabilities, and reduce risk to the client. The Specialist will interface directly with clients to field technical and threat intelligence questions, providing timely, actionable, clear, and concise intelligence.
The ideal candidate will possess a background in Information Security and the intelligence process, ideally gained in a global corporation.  He/she will apply analytical rigor to all work while remain open to non-traditional information or conclusions.  The specialist will have excellent writing and presentation skills and be able to defend his/her analytical conclusions in logical and persuasive terms.  The specialist’s work will inform a range of tactical and strategic decisions and should equip audiences with actionable assessments.



  • Identify and hunt for threat actor TTPs across internal/external repositories
  • Correlate collected intelligence, to build upon a larger knowledge base of tracked threat activity
  • Present tactical and strategic intelligence about threat groups, the methodologies they use and the motivations behind their activity
  • Establish and maintain effective client communications
  • Write finished intelligence at the technical and strategic levels
  • Convey both verbally and in writing the importance of findings for a variety of audiences
  • Prepare and deliver briefings and reports to the client’s executives, security team or fellow analysts
  • Foster client trust and ongoing relationship building through proactive and continuous engagement
  • Prioritize and execute taskings with minimal direction or oversight
  • Provide cogent cyber threat intelligence analysis to clients and various internal teams in written and oral form
  • Create custom analytic products based on conclusions and judgments derived from open and closed Intelligence sources and independent research
  • Provide timely support for clients’ incident response, hunting, threat intelligence teams by collecting relevant intelligence and/or performing unique research and providing analysis
  • Perform technical analysis on malicious or suspicious artifacts (malicious executables and documents, packet captures, etc.)
  • Work closely with CRA’s Incident response teams to update and improve intelligence reporting and collection processes
  • Gain a deep understanding of each client’s specific concerns and alert them when relevant information surfaces, also initiating ideas for tailored products about these issues when relevant
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the cyber threat landscape—including actors, TTPs, target
  • An ability to engage others and convey technical topics in an understandable manner
  • A good team player supported by an inquisitive, analytical mind
  • Strong communication skills with a brisk writing style; able to build a compelling and effective narrative.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment, to triage and to work within a small, highly-technical group while providing explanations to non-technical people
  • Ability to work as part of a distributed virtual analysis team with limited supervision
  • 5 + years’ experience in Information Security, gained in a hands-on technical or intelligence role
  • Undergraduate degree in cyber security, computer science, intelligence studies, criminal justice, journalism, or equivalent experience
  • Practical experience as an intelligence analyst
  • History of participation in industry or technology information sharing groups, formal or informal
  • Ability to dynamically analyze malicious code and related threats
  • Experience with scripting or programming languages, notably VB, C++, Perl or Python
  • Understanding of how operating systems work and the ways malware interacts with them
  • Understanding of common network traffic protocols and familiarity with common network traffic analysis techniques
  • Strong working knowledge of Linux or Unix operating systems
  • Additional language fluency beyond English
  • 2+ years’ experience working with malware or exploits, or engaged in either threat research or incident handling
  • Experience with vulnerability management, penetration testing, scripting, programming, reverse engineering and similar job experience
  • Past exposure to a variety of malware families used by Espionage or Criminal campaigns, such as PlugX, Poison Ivy, etc.
  • Proficiency with Threat Intelligence Platforms and analyst software tools e.g. MISP, Maltego, etc.
  • Significant experience with the following concepts and related tool sets:
    • Network sniffers
    • Process analysis tools
    • Registry analysis tools
    • File analysis tools
    • Memory analysis tools

Desired qualifications

  • Experience working in a large enterprise environment
  • Ability to perform dynamic and static analysis
  • Experience with scripting or programming languages, notably VB, C++, Perl or Python
  • Preferred certifications: GIAC Certified Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI), GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) or GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA)

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.

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