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Kaiser Permanente Cyber Risk Defense Principal- Incident Response in Greenwood Village, Colorado

The Incident Response Principal will be part of the Kaiser Permanente Computer Emergency Response Team. KCERT is the enterprise team responsible for the response to the most sophisticated cyber threats and attacks. The incident responder will leverage a variety of tools and resources to investigate and mitigate emerging and persistent threats impacting Kaiser Permanente networks, systems, and applications. In addition to their professional roles, this principal will be responsible for developing other KCERT and SOC members including training, mentoring and personal development plans.

This senior level employee is primarily responsible for managing and directing the maintenance and protection of integrity and reliability of the security of data, systems and networks.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Drives the execution of multiple work streams by identifying customer and operational needs; developing and updating new procedures and policies; gaining cross-functional support for objectives and priorities; translating business strategy into actionable business requirements; obtaining and distributing resources; setting standards and measuring progress; removing obstacles that impact performance; guiding performance and developing contingency plans accordingly; solving highly complex issues; and influencing the completion of project tasks by others.

  • Practices self-leadership and promotes learning in others by soliciting and acting on performance feedback; building collaborative, cross-functional relationships; communicating information and providing advice to drive projects forward; adapting to competing demands and new responsibilities; providing feedback to others, including upward feedback to leadership; influencing, mentoring, and coaching team members; fostering open dialogue amongst team members; evaluating and responding to the strengths and weaknesses of self and unit members; and adapting to and learning from change, difficulties, and feedback.

  • Leads team in the proactive monitoring and/or response to known or emerging threats against the KP network.

  • Effectively communicates investigative findings to non-technical audiences.

  • Provides consultation in regular operations meeting with TDA, TRI, and/or TAG teams.

  • Drives closed loop processes on security efforts by providing feedback to the TDA leads and/or leadership.

  • Demonstrates a consulting value by recommending adjustments to the collection strategy for deltas in scope, size, or emerging security threats.3-3

  • Drives information fusion procedures across operations and engineering, including activities such as Use Case planning/development, Use Case quality assurance validation, and response procedure documentation.

  • Serves as a liaison between stage teams and upper management by identifying issues, improvement areas, or security/architectural gaps and suggesting appropriate improvements.

  • Drives the development of the CDC intellectual capital by leading process or procedure improvements, consulting on 'brown bag' training sessions, and leading the development of new training documents.

  • Builds partnerships with the CDC Policy Engineers and Remediation teams to contain identified issues and determine the best approach for improving security posture.

  • Facilitates follow-up remediation design and review efforts related to highly complex security events.

  • Leads the investigation and triage of a wide variety of security events across cyber security domains.

  • Serves as a subject matter expert in performing complex data analyses to support security event management processes, including root cause analysis.

  • Coordinates the response and resolution of high impact or critical cyber security incidents.

  • Provides insight and influence in determining the strategic direction for the development and deployment of threat detection capabilities and/or incident response plans.

  • Drives the development and implementation of incident detection and/or handling processes which may include containment, protection, and remediation activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum four (4) years in an informal leadership role working with project or technical teams.

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Social Science, Mathematics, or related field and Minimum ten (10) years experience in IT or a related field, including Minimum four (4) years in information security or network engineering. Additional equivalent work experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four (4) years experience in cyber security vulnerability, threat response, or investigation.

  • Two (2) years of work experience in a role requiring interaction with executive leadership (e.g., Vice President level and above)

  • Three (3) years experience working on cross-functional project teams

  • Four (4) years work experience requiring the development of technical documents or presentations.

  • Four (4) years experience working on projects or programs requiring the integration of cross-functional technology and/or business solutions.

  • Two (2) years experience managing vendor relationships.

  • Four (4) years experience in IT incident management, including the development and/or deployment of remediation plans.

  • Four (4) years in the operation of SIEM solutions.

  • Five (5) years experience in large scale cyber security data analytics, including the identification of data-driven threat collection opportunities.

  • Five (5) years experience researching, developing, and implementing data-driven threat detection capabilities.

  • Five (5) years experience in cyber security threat research or large scale data analytics.

  • Master's degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Social Science, Mathematics, or related field.

  • Security certification (Security+, CISSP, CISA).

  • Global Information Assurance certification(s).

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.


TITLE: Cyber Risk Defense Principal- Incident Response

LOCATION: Greenwood Village, Colorado


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.