Cyber Security Analyst

San Jose

Full Time Mid-level / Intermediate USD 99K - 131K
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Job Description


Under general supervision, the Cyber Security Analyst plans, analyzes, and implements data security measures and controls related to VTA's computer networks and other technology systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This journey-level professional classification is responsible for coordinating and managing VTA's cyber security activities and programs.  An incumbent in this class is expected to independently plan, implement, and upgrade cyber security measures and controls and actively combat security intrusions.  This position assists with sensitive and confidential employee relations and legal data security issues, and an incumbent may provide leadership or technical assistance in projects involving protection of confidential data against unauthorized access.

This classification differs from other technology classifications in that it specializes in ensuring data security, mitigating cyber security risks, and safeguarding VTA's computer networks and related systems against security intrusions.

Classification Bargaining Unit: Non Represented 

 VTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Essential Job Functions

Typical Tasks

  • Establishes protocols to protect digital files and information systems against unauthorized access, modification, and/or destruction;
  • Monitors networks, email system, and server farm in real time to identify and combat security intrusions;
  • Plans and implements cyber security measures and controls;
  • Researches cyber security software tools and countermeasures; recommends and installs hardware and software programs to mitigate security risks;
  • Researches, examines, aggregates, refines, and presents data sets based on keyword, email, and/or internet history searches;
  • Monitors intrusion detection and prevention systems;
  • Performs network vulnerability testing, risk analyses, and cyber security assessments; resolves vulnerability issues;
  • Plans and conducts internal and external cyber security audits; interprets and documents audit results; recommends and implements corrective actions;
  • Defines, implements, and maintains agency cyber security policies;
  • Reviews firewall logs and investigates intrusion attempts;
  • Investigates and analyzes security breaches to identify root cause;
  • Coordinates cyber security plans, activities, and projects with other technology personnel and outside vendors;
  • Monitors and evaluates cybercrime bulletins from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; coordinates with law enforcement cybercrime teams;
  • Provides training to VTA employees on cyber security awareness and data security procedures;
  • Collaborates with other departments and VTA management to improve cyber security and manage risks;
  • Prepares audit reports, memoranda, and other documents; makes verbal presentations on audit findings/recommendations;
  • May provide lead direction to other employees or contractors as assigned;
  • Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications

Employment Standards

Training, education, and experience, which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Development of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is typically obtained through a combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a four-year degree in computer science or a related field, and two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience performing technical and analytical duties in coordinating and managing cyber security programs and initiatives.

Additional professional experience implementing cyber security measures and actively combatting security intrusions may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of cyber security, digital access control, and intrusion detection and prevention;
  • Operational characteristics of computer networks, server farms, and technology systems administration;
  • Cyber security vulnerability testing and risk analysis;
  • Methods and techniques for managing and mitigating cyber security risks;
  • Principles and practices of cyber security audits and audit documentation;
  • Current cyber security technology tools and countermeasures;
  • Laws and regulations pertaining to cyber security and confidential data;
  • Principles and practices of lead supervision and training. 

Ability to:

  • Establish plans and protocols to protect VTA's data against unauthorized access, modification, and/or destruction;
  • Monitor technology infrastructure in real time; effectively identify and combat security intrusions;
  • Research, recommend, and install cyber security software tools and countermeasures;
  • Develop and implement agency-wide cyber security policies;
  • Use discretion and maintain confidentiality when necessary;
  • Conduct internal and external cyber security audits; interpret and document audit results; recommend and implement corrective actions;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of cyber security tools and countermeasures and develop cost-effective solutions;
  • Prepare reports and supporting recommendations;
  • Keep up-to-date on cyber security threats and stay current on intrusion detection and prevention hardware and software technologies;
  • Make effective verbal presentations; communicate technical information to non-technical audiences;
  • Work odd and unusual hours, including weekends and holidays, or on-call as assigned;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
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