Cyber Security Operations Engineer

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Cyber Security Operations Engineer

Macclesfield - UK

Competitive salary & benefits

The Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) team is accountable for all Infrastructure, Security, IT Operations and all End User Services and technologies. This group will ensure that our IT Services are seamless and secure, and that technology is delivered in an efficient, effective, and agile way, with a strong focus on experience.It’s a dynamic and challenging environment to work in – but that’s why we like it. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, whether that’s exploring new technologies in hackathons, or transforming the roles and work of colleagues, forever. This is your chance to be part of a team that has the backing to innovate, disrupt an industry and change lives.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven Biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

What you’ll do

AstraZeneca is looking for a Cyber Security Operations Engineer to provide incident response and associated cyber security operations services. The Cyber Security Operations Engineer provides incident handling, response, monitoring, engineering, and process management support across AstraZeneca’s broad portfolio of cyber operations services. The position requires both a deep technical understanding of cyber security incident response actions as well as experience in establishing organizational policies and process around cyber incident response. Specific actions for this position listed below:

  • Work with AZs incident response and engineering staff in the execution of incident response activities including, but not limited to, threat assessment, forensics, data analysis, reporting and communication
  • Work with AZ security operations and incident response teams in planning and executing cybersecurity incident response activities
  • Conduct regular cyber security threat assessment and vulnerability analysis, including regular review and analysis of threat assessment reports and alerts
  • Review existing alerts to identify opportunities for tuning and work with cyber engineering teams to test and implement tuning requests
  • Participate in review of new SIEM use cases and develop runbooks that provide guidelines for analysing the specific threats related to new use cases
  • Evaluate use cases on a periodic basis to ensure they are still relevant, support monitoring of security risks, have the correct data sources and are providing value
  • Develop and improve processes/procedures related to the Cyber Security Operation Centre
  • Collaborate with the Incident Response team on the response, triage and escalation of security events affecting the company’s information assets and activities
  • Provide guidance to build the controls necessary for automated and proactive detection and prevention

Essential and Desirable for the role

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in computer science or equivalent discipline
  • At least 3 years of experience in an information security role
  • Demonstrated technical competencies in operating systems, networking, security tools and cloud services
  • Knowledge of security industry practices and standards including
  • Experience with security assessments, incident response activities and working in environments subject to regulations (e.g., SOX, Data Privacy) and audit oversight
  • Security-related industry certifications are preferred, but not required (e.g., CISA, CISSP, GSEC, Security+)
  • US Government security clearance is desired, but not required, which will be re-applied for through AZ
  • Experience and ability to work in shifts on rotational basis covering 24*7 support
  • Self-starter and self-motivated
  • Ability to work & collaborate optimally in a team environment
  • Sense of urgency and able to apply risk-based approach to prioritize work
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, persuasively, and credibly with internal management and external senior level oversight entities
  • Motivated to learn new technologies and identify process improvements and efficiencies
  • Ability to adapt to change while continuing to deliver on assigned objectives
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being an outstanding Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and spark your high-reaching spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients, and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and partnership, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth, and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

Are you ready to bring new insights and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours.

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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