IT Specialist, IT Security / Threat hunting / Security Operations Center

Req ID #:  93773

Reno, NV, US, 89511 Chicago, IL, US, 60654 Chicago, IL, US, 60637 Houston, TX, US, 77047 Houston, TX, US, 77030 Chicago, IL, US, 60612 US Houston, TX, US, 77005

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

Under general supervision, provide technical expertise and support to ensure information system data availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation.  Collect and analyze event information and perform threat or target analysis.  Interpret, analyze, and report information/data security events and anomalies in accordance with Information Security directives.  Participate in first-level response and address reported or detected incidents.  Operate network intrusion detection, forensics, network access control, and other information security systems.  Participate in the distribution of directives, vulnerability, and threat advisories to management and end users.  Provide summary reports of events, incidents, and metrics.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•    Work with computer system end users to discuss issues such as computer data access needs, security violations, and system or programming changes.
•    Monitor reports of computer viruses/malware to ensure virus/malware protection systems are maintained up-to-date.
•    Document computer security and emergency measures set forth in policies, standards, procedures and guidelines.
•    Act as primary or secondary support for multiple IT security tools and systems, e.g., network access control, security information event management, privileged access management, identity access management, antivirus/anti-malware, endpoint encryption, forensics, eDiscovery, etc.
•    Provide support to plan, coordinate, and implement the organization’s information and cyber security plan.
•    Identify, investigate, and recommend appropriate corrective actions for information security incidents and potential threats, and respond to reported security violations.  
•    Determine causes of security violations; recommend and implement corrective action to ensure information systems security. 
•    Monitor and enforce compliance of security policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines for multiple platforms and diverse system environments to enhance information systems security and prevent the unauthorized use, release, modification, or destruction of data.
•    Assist in developing security awareness materials, security presentations, information security training sessions, and communications to actively promote information security awareness for all users.
•    Work with management to identify sensitive and critical data, understand organizational security needs, and develop procedures to accommodate those needs. 
•    Conduct information security risk assessments on an enterprise-wide basis and participate in the development of risk programs to achieve required risk tolerance levels.
•    Provide technical support for a wide range of information security issues including secure electronic data traffic, network security, and data security and privacy.  
•    Participate in the evaluation and integration of complex computer systems and networks to maintain system security. 
•    Test and implement appropriate information security methods and control techniques such as firewalls, intrusion detection software, data encryption, data backup and recovery. 
•    Maintain an awareness of existing and proposed security standard setting groups, State and Federal legislation and regulations pertaining to information security. Identify regulatory changes that will affect information security policy, standards and procedures, and recommends appropriate changes.
•    Assist senior personnel in performing forensic analysis of digital information and physical evidence.
•    May administer user and system access and maintain records of authorized users and systems. 
•    May train less experienced personnel in technical complexities of assigned work.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

•    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in computer science, information technology, or related discipline.
•    Experience:  Minimum of 3-5 years related experience in ITsecurity operations.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure:  IT security related certification desired (e.g., Security +, CISSP, CISA, GSEC, or similar professional certification).
•    Other:  
•    Understanding of HIPAA-HITECH, PCI, SOX, GxPs, Data Privacy regulations, etc.
•    Familiarity with security controls relating to antivirus/antimalware, firewalls, DLP, network access control systems (Forescout CounterAct), or other similar products/technologies.
•    Experience and/or knowledge of SIEM, IAM, PAM systems desired.
•    Knowledge of IT and information security best practices.
•    Able to handle moderate problem resolution with general supervision.
•    Experience in risk assessment, audit, and IT security assessments.
•    Experience administering information security programs including risk assessments, forensic research, gathering metrics, and reporting status.
•    Must have strong interpersonal, teamwork, self-initiative skills.

About Corporate Functions 
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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