Principal DFIR Analyst (Remote US Available)

Security and Risk Management San Jose, California Seattle, Washington San Francisco, California Boulder, Colorado Chicago, Illinois Plano, Texas

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The Splunk Principal DFIR Analyst reports to the Sr. Manager of Digital Forensics and Incident Response (SplunkCIRT). This role will be responsible for delivering three core team responsibilities: incident response validation, digital forensics, and threat hunting. In addition to service delivery, you will operate in a backup capacity to the Sr. Manager. You should be passionate about DFIR, have a desire to always learn and improve, as well as mentor others. You have previous experience in one of the following areas: OSX forensics, Linux forensics, threat hunting, and building effective incident response processes. Excellent written and oral presentation skills are required as this position will be interacting with senior leaders on a periodic basis. The nature of the work may include after hours and on-call support. The role is based in San Jose or Tyson’s Corner, VA. For those candidates with exceptional qualifications, full time remote may be considered. We are a passionate team who has fun, enjoys a good laugh but above all else thinks security first.


  • Build strong relationships with business owners and service providers from across Splunk
  • Triage, raise, and contain complex and unique computer security incidents from across multiple Splunk environments, including segmented public cloud environments
  • Develop and test incident response playbooks
  • Mentor junior staff on critical thinking and analytical standard methodologies
  • Provide digital forensics services including acquisition, analysis, and reporting for Linux, OSX, and Windows endpoints
  • Conduct log analysis across a diverse ecosystem of technology to determine root cause of incidents
  • Creation and execution of planned and ad-hoc threat hunting missions, which may transition into new detections
  • Research and keep up-to-date on threat actors and new TTPs
  • Automate repeated tasks via scripting to improve detection and response efficiency
  • Write detailed incident reports and deliver presentations to key business partners
  • Lead after action reviews and contribute to improvements in the overall security posture of Splunk


  • 12 years or more of IT-related experience with progressive responsibility
  • 5-8 years of experience as a full time incident responder or forensic analyst
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with senior business leaders in support of security incidents
  • Demonstrated experience in threat containment and creating effective plans to restore to normal working operations for an organization
  • Advanced knowledge of network security monitoring capabilities including Suricata/Snort signatures, session analysis, and full packet capture
  • Advanced knowledge of detecting threat actors across the entire cyber kill chain
  • Demonstrated experience conducting end to end forensic investigations
  • Advanced knowledge of malware analysis & handling malware outbreaks, Cloud technologies, and python or similar language
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and take-charge
  • Using broad expertise or unique knowledge, have a demonstrated history of solving complex and unique problems with no obvious solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to see things through the customer’s eyes
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information security or related discipline is required or equivalent work experience
  • Eligible to work in the United States without company sponsorship

We value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.

For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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