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Cyber Detection Engineer


Applications Engineer


Boulder, Colorado, United States


Leidos is looking for a senior Cyber Detection Engineer Analyst to join our Security Operations Center (SOC) in support of our customer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Cyber Detection Engineer will develop detections based on intelligence available, then research and assist in implementing new detection methods. This Detection Engineer will ensure that malicious activity will be detected within the environment. The DE is responsible for quality assurance of detections including filtering for potential false positives, mapping detections to MITRE ATT&CK framework, and specific campaigns/APTs when applicable. The Detection Engineer will work closely with other analysts to ensure detections are relevant to the current threat landscape. DE will work closely with the SIEM team to make recommendations for tuning and detection enhancements. The DE will evaluate the quality of data resulting from detections and ensure that the output of a detection leads to a meaningful investigation.

  • Configure tools to detect atomic, computed or behavioral indicators based on generated tactical intelligence across SOC’s detection sensors such as Logging Infrastructure (SIEM, Connector/Forwarder, Data Stream Processing, etc.), Security Sensors (NIDS/NIPS, EDR, Email Protection, etc.), or SOAR.

  • Develop and implement detection feedback processes - e.g., tuning false positives, etc.

  • Use machine learning and pattern analysis to improve detection of specific types of threats.


  • 8+ years of prior relevant experience in order to operate within the scope contemplated by the level; combination of education, experience and certifications will be considered as part of qualification assessment.

  • Prior experience performing as a SOC analyst

  • Prior experience performing similar application security functions

  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Team player

  • CEH, GCIH, or relevant IT technology certification

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Upbeat and positive attitude

  • Hands-on cybersecurity experience.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the life cycle of cybersecurity threats, attacks, attack vector, and methods of exploitation with an understanding of intrusion set tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs).

  • Familiarity with the NOAA mission.


  • Must be US Citizen.

  • Must have an active Interim Top Secret or adjudicated Secret to be considered for this role.


  • Fairmont, WV

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $101,400.00 - $183,300.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.