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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Cloud Detection and Response Analyst

Aerospace and Aviation

Stress Analyst


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

The Senior Cloud Detection and Response Analyst will be a member of our Cyber Fusion Center Team and support our Detection and Response function. This position will respond and remediate advanced cloud-based cyber incidents, including application and network-based threats. They will work with our business stakeholders and intelligence, analytics, and engineering teams to assist in crafting, testing, and deployment of customized cloud-based detection logic.

This position will be a hybrid working environment with a mix of remote and on-site work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Respond to cyber security incidents and performs investigation, containment, and remediation efforts.

  • Provide guidance to first-level responders for handling cyber security incidents.

  • Develop cloud-based use cases and create threat detection logic, rules, and alerting in our SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) tool for response by IR analysts.

  • Work with security and data analytic engineering teams to identify and recommend new internal and external data sources to develop additional cloud-based threat detection logic.

  • Analyze threat information gathered from logs, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), intelligence reports, vendor sites, and a variety of other sources and recommend rules and other process changes.

  • Create, review, and update standards, baselines, standard operations procedures, and runbooks for the function’s cloud-based response.

  • Identify and develop workflow automation to lower response time and eliminate lengthy procedures during incident investigations.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related field

  • Equivalent experience and/or education is accepted.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 3-5 years of experience in incident response and/or cloud-based cybersecurity, preferably in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or other regulated environment

  • Advanced knowledge of security technologies, such as SIEM, EDR Tools, Host and Network Security Tools, and Vulnerability Management tools

  • Advanced understanding of cloud environment configurations, including Azure and AWS infrastructure

  • Experience with common attack vectors, including advanced adversaries (nation state/financial motivation)

  • Knowledge around common web application attacks, including SQL injection, cross-site scripting, invalid inputs, and forceful browsing

  • Ability to independently perform analytical activities, pay close attention to detail for assigned tasks, apply critical thinking skills, and to learn and adapt quickly in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong written communication skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Cybersecurity Certifications (Offensive Security, SANS, etc.)

  • Experience working with cyber security tools, endpoint detect & respond, intrusion detection, and intrusion prevention systems

  • Experience developing detection logic for enterprise SIEM systems

  • Experience with exploitation techniques and use case development

  • Experience with scripting languages such as Python, SPL, etc.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Expected salary range:

$107,600.00 - $169,400.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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Requisition ID:R228980