Lead Security Analyst


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The RoleDo you want to be part of a consultancy at the cutting edge of information security? At Context, we pride ourselves on our unique and meticulous approach to helping our clients solve their most complex information security challenges. Context is currently recruiting for Security Analysts to work within their Security Operations team. The role encompasses both monitoring and responding to alerts raised by various tool-sets as part of an ongoing managed security monitoring service, coupled with analysing data sets gathered from Incident Response investigations and assisting Investigative Consultants to deliver positive investigative outcomes to our breach investigation consultancy engagements. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Respond to alerts escalated by shift analysts
  • Perform detailed analysis and undertake an in-depth investigation into potential and confirmed security incidents
  • Escalate incidents where necessary & acting as a point of contact throughout
  • Conduct threat hunting across client environments
  • Develop and refine threat hunting techniques
  • Review and action alerts flagged as tuning candidates
  • Conduct proactive threat research
  • Develop and implement new signatures/rules
  • Task and manage the delivery of junior analysts
  • Development & mentor junior members of staff
  • Manage the delivery of SOC projects
  • Support client engagements and or service meetings, representing the business to external stakeholders
  • Provide out-of-hours technical escalation support to shift analysts
  • Development SOC playbooks

Behavioural Expectations

  • Sustain a high level of focus, effort and energy
  • Drives activities to ensure value is added and/or requirements are met
  • Suggests options for resolving issues and improving own quality of work
  • Remains calm and focused when under pressure and proactively asks for help
  • Takes responsibility for developing team members
  • Customizes messages to make them relevant to the client
  • Learns from mistakes and shares learnings and successes
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude in challenging and evolving situations
  • Shares real stories and experiences to truly connect with others
  • Creates an open environment that encourages team members to be their authentic self
  • Develops close working relationships with clients

Person Specification

  • Degree or equivalent level of education in any of the following;
  • Cyber/information/network security
  • Computer science
  • Software/electrical/network engineering
  • Other IT/security/network-related degrees
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA CySA+
  • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • Vendor Certs or training
  • SANS
  • The above list is not exhaustive. All candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • Demonstrates a passion for cyber security and a keen interest in IT
  • Possesses a detailed understanding of the core discipline, including knowledge of computer networks, operating systems, software, hardware and security
  • An understanding of the cyber security risks associated with various technologies and ways to manage them
  • A detailed working knowledge of various security technologies such as network and application firewalls, host intrusion prevention and anti-virus
  • Demonstratable knowledge of at least one scripting or programming language.
  • Verbal communication skills, including presentation skills, with an ability to communicate with a range of technical and non-technical team members and other relevant individuals
  • Written communication skills & the ability to write technical reports.
  • Time-management and organisational skills to manage a variety of tasks, prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail, analytical skills and an ability to analyse complex technical information in order to identify patterns and trends
  • An ability to work under pressure, particularly when dealing with threats and at times of high demand.

Location and Travel

  • The role is based at our Cheltenham Office.

Salary and Package

  • A competitive salary and package aligned to market rates and including annual review. Context hosts a comprehensive bonus scheme and benefits including: 25 shift day’s annual leave, option to buy up to 5 extra days; company pension scheme, contributory of up to 8%; company share plan; numerous voluntary benefits including Cycle to Work Scheme, Childcare Voucher Scheme, Season Ticket Loan; free eye tests and sabbatical options.
  • Employees also benefit from an individually tailored learning and development plan which can include financial support with tuition/exam fees and access to various conference opportunities.
Context is an independently operated cyber security consultancy, founded in 1998 and focusing on providing highly skilled consultants to help organisations with their information security challenges. We work with some of the world’s most high profile blue chip companies and government organisations.We are growing rapidly and are expanding our team and our services. We have offices in the UK, Germany, New York and Australia, and are recruiting in order to support an expanding business. 
Job region(s): Europe
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