Cyber Defence Engineer

Posted 22 May 2024
Salary £500 - £800 per day + Negotiable
LocationWest Midlands
Job type Contract
Discipline Cloud & Infrastructure
Contact NameNathan Peters

Job description

Cyber Defence Engineer - DV CLEARANCE

Start date: ASAP
Duration: 6-month contract (Extension thereafter)
Location: Full Time Onsite in West Midlands
Rate: £500-£800 per day inside IR35


Main Tech Skills required are Elastic SIEM and Apache Nifi

Cyber Defence Engineer will join a growing security team responsible for the testing, implementation, deployment, maintenance, configuration and troubleshooting of the SOC's technology stack (hardware and software). The engineer will also assist with the continued development and maintenance of data pipelines and signature updates and the professional development of the system engineering team.


  • Perform system administration on specific cyber defence applications and systems to include installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting, backup, and restoration.
  • Manage system/server resources including performance, capacity, availability, serviceability, and recoverability.
  • Diagnose and resolve customer reported system incidents, problems, and events to ensure continuing operability.
  • Coordinate with SOC and CTI Analysts to assist in the development of signatures which can be implemented on cyber defence network tools in response to new or observed threats within the network environment or enclave.
  • Manage the compilation, cataloguing, distribution, and retrieval of data from a range of enterprise networks and data sources.
  • Implement data management standards, requirements, and specifications.
  • Develop data standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Analyse data sources to provide actionable recommendations and facilitate data-gathering methods.
  • To share knowledge, skills, and experience, create and improve documentation, and train new members of the data engineering team.

Key Skills:

  • Previous experience of Enterprise ICS/network architectures and technologies.
  • Working with frameworks and technologies that support data-intensive distributed applications.
  • Experience maintaining and administrating data analytical and SIEM platforms.
  • Experience using host and network-based IDS/IPS
  • Experience using packet capture solutions.
  • Skill in developing and deploying signatures.
  • Skill to apply cybersecurity and privacy principles to organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation).
  • Ability to provide technical and service leadership to junior SOC Engineers (mentor/coach).


  • Knowledge of big data technologies and ecosystems (e.g., NiFi).
  • Knowledge of current market and emerging leaders in data analytical and SIEM platforms.
  • Knowledge of network security implementations (e.g., host-based IDS, IPS), including their function and placement in a network.
  • Knowledge of intrusion detection systems and signature development.
  • Knowledge of front-end collection systems, including network traffic collection, filtering, and selection.
  • Knowledge of system administration concepts for operating systems such as but not limited to Unix/Linux, IOS, Android, and Windows operating systems.
  • Knowledge of cyber defence and information security policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of network security architecture concepts including topology, protocols, components, and principles.

Bonus Skills:

  • Red Hat System Administration I & II (RH124/RH134).
  • Baseline Cyber Courses E.g. Cyber Foundation Pathway, SANS SEC 301 Intro to Information Security, SANS 401 Security Essentials Bootcamp.
  • Certified engineer in a market leading data analysis/SIEM platform.
  • SANS SEC501 Advanced Security Essentials Enterprise Defender.
  • SANS SEC 511 Continuous Monitoring & Security Operations.
  • SANS SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics