Director, Digital Forensics & Incident Response

Wash, 213 Washington St., Newark, NJ

Prudential Financial

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Technology - Information Security

Are you interested in building capabilities that enable the organization with innovation, speed, agility, scalability and efficiency? The Global Technology team takes great pride in our culture where digital transformation is built into our DNA! When you join our organization at Prudential, you’ll unlock an exciting and impactful career – all while growing your skills and advancing your profession at one of the world’s leading financial services institutions.

Your Team & Role

As the Digital Forensics & Incident Response Director within the Cyber Defense & Response organization, you will manage and lead a team of highly technical security professionals focused on the continued enhancement of enterprise capabilities tied to responding to cyber security incidents.  You will bring strategic vision and technical capability to the team to further enhance and develop the cyber incident response program. Likewise, you will focus on the continuous professional development of the team through various means including internal training sessions, knowledge sharing, and occupational mentorship.

You will work on extremely complex problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables. In addition to deep technical expertise and experience, you will bring excellent problem solving, communication and teamwork skills, along with agile ways of working, strong business insight, an inclusive leadership attitude and a continuous learning focus to all that you do.

Here is What You Can Expect on a Typical Day

  • Responsible for Digitl Forensics & Incident Response (DFIR) quality control - ensure peer and supervisory review of investigative findings and work products.
  • Responsible for distinct control function escalations such as those originating from the Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC), Information Security Office (ISO), and external entities.
  • Manage projects related to DFIR readiness such as integration into new BU processes, new technology and incident readiness, and introduction of resiliency improvements.
  • Investigative case management to include formal documentation, reporting, chain of custody, and evidence disposition.
  • Risk management of information security, technology risk, and non-technical areas such as legal, fraud, privacy, and reputation risk.
  • Identify process and resiliency improvement areas; propose changes.
  • Bring a deep understanding of relevant and emerging technologies, give technical direction to team members, and embed learning and innovation in day-to-day occupational duties.
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of innovative security principles and theory.

The Skills & Expertise You Bring

  • Advanced experience responding to cyber incidents in a large corporate/government environment.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and developing technical teams.
  • Experience with enterprise technologies such as Entra ID/Active Directory, O365, Azure, AWS, Windows, Linux, macOS, etc.
  • Advanced experience using SIEM and EDR query languages (SPL, KQL, etc.)
  • Knowledge of common scripting languages (Python, PowerShell, Bash, etc.)
  • Experience using commercial and open source forensic software (X-Ways, EnCase, KAPE, TSK, Volatility Framework, etc.).
  • Experience performing host, log, memory, and network-based forensics.
  • Experience performing static and dynamic malware analysis.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comprehensive understanding of adversarial threat frameworks such as MITRE ATT&CK and Lockheed Martin’s Cyber Kill Chain.
  • Ability to lead independently with minimal guidance and effectively leverage diverse ideas, experiences, thoughts and perspectives to the benefit of the organization.
  • Ability to learn new skills and knowledge on an on-going basis through self-initiative and tackling challenges.
  • Excellent problem solving, communication and collaboration skills.

Significant experience and/or deep expertise with several of the following:

  • Digital Forensics & Incident Response
  • Insider Risk Investigations
  • Threat Hunting and Adversary Emulation
  • DFIR Automation and Engineering
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence

Preferred qualifications:

  • Industry standard certifications (CCE, EnCE, GCFE, GCFA, GCIH, GREM, GNFA, GPEN, etc.)

You’ll Love Working Here Because You Can

Join a team and culture where your voice matters; where every day, your work transforms our experiences to make lives better. As you put your skills to use, we’ll help you make an even bigger impact with learning experiences that can grow your technical AND leadership capabilities. You’ll be surprised by what this rock-solid organization has in store for you.

What we offer you:

  • Market competitive base salaries, with a yearly bonus potential at every level
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, Paid Time Off (PTO), and leave of absences, such as parental and military leave
  • Retirement plans:
  • 401(k) plan with company match (up to 4%)
  • Company-funded pension plan
  • Wellness Programs to help you achieve your wellbeing goals, including up to $1,600 a year for reimbursement of items purchased to support personal wellbeing needs
  • Work/Life Resources to help support topics such as parenting, housing, senior care, finances, pets, legal matters, education, emotional and mental health, and career development.
  • Tuition Assistance to help finance traditional college enrollment toward obtaining an approved degree, many accredited certificate programs, and industry designations.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan: Shares can be purchased at 85% of the lower of two prices (Beginning or End of the purchase period), after one year of service.

To find out more about our Total Reward package, visit Work Life Balance | Prudential Careers. Some of the above benefits may not apply to part-time employees scheduled to work less than 20 hours per week.

Note: Prudential is required by state specific laws to include the salary range for this role when hiring a resident in applicable locations. The salary range for this role is from $160,700.00 to $217,300.00. Specific pricing for the role may vary within the above range based on many factors including geographic location, candidate experience, and skills. Roles may also be eligible for additional compensation and/or benefits. Eligibility to participate in a discretionary annual incentive program is subject to the rules governing the program, whereby an award, if any, depends on various factors including, without limitation, individual and organizational performance. In addition, employees are eligible for standard benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental and retirement.

Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States is not affiliated with Prudential plc. which is headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services.

We recognize that our strength and success are directly linked to the quality and skills of our diverse associates. We are proud to be a place where talented people who want to make a difference can grow as professionals, leaders, and as individuals. Visit to learn more about our values, our history and our brand.

Prudential is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, marital status, age, veteran status, domestic partner status , medical condition or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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Perks/benefits: 401(k) matching Career development Competitive pay Equity / stock options Health care Insurance Medical leave Parental leave Salary bonus Wellness

Region: North America
Country: United States

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