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Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. Cybersecurity Specialist in Springfield, Missouri

Discover a POWERful career at Associated Electric! Our organization offers challenging and rewarding work with career development and internal mobility opportunities - all within a family friendly and community centric culture. Our purpose is simple - to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy for our member-owners. At Associated Electric, one of the largest electric cooperatives in the nation, opportunities to gain valuable experience and contribute new ideas in an ever-changing industry are endless.

Associated Electric Cooperative is currently seeking applicants for a Cybersecurity Specialist in our Information Services Division located in Springfield, MO. We invite you to apply to join our team and help defend our nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats. This position will work alongside a highly talented team of defenders with a mission to design, build, and monitor systems that empower, protect, and connect our employees and electric utility infrastructure across three states.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Administer Enterprise Information and Operational Technology vulnerability management programs.

  • SIEM administration and liaison between IT staff and security operations center.

  • Analysis and resolution for cybersecurity for AECI and its member cooperatives.

  • Engage in Incident Response activities and seeing them to resolution.

  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders on threat hunting, alert analysis, and incident response.

  • Design innovative solutions to complex security and infrastructure challenges in a regulated critical infrastructure environment.

  • Work closely with all AECI business units to ensure cyber security and compliance best practices are documented and followed.

  • Architect lightweight, automated security frameworks based on risk, productivity impact, and return on investment.

  • Engage employees in the battle to protect our organization through interesting and engaging training.

  • Create well-crafted incident response play books.

  • Participate on a 24/7 cyber security incident response and recovery team rotation.

  • Occasional travel to assist with Incident Response, meetings, training, and conferences.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • First and foremost, you must be passionate about Information Security!

  • Strong facilitation skills and a clear ability to build relationships with business stakeholders at all levels, including executives, auditors, and vendors.

  • OS Concepts: Windows Server, desktop, and Linux.

  • Network ninja abilities, including knowledge of secure network design and network traffic analysis using tools such as Wireshark or TCPdump.

  • Network (TCP/IP, Firewall Concepts).

  • Experience in SIEM management, including rule configurations for detection of malicious activity as well as general system maintenance activities.

  • Beginner to Intermediate level scripting skills (PowerShell, and/or Python).

  • Fundamental understanding of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS, and zero-trust architecture.

  • Strong ability to maintain, implement, and secure cloud services.

  • Proven problem-solving skills, and the ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems, driving solutions through to resolution.

  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment preserving the AECI cyber security culture.

    Education and Experience:

  • A degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math program or demonstrated comparable experience is required.

  • CISSP, GSEC, GCFA or OSWP certification is a plus for more advanced job roles.

As an employer of choice and a certified Great Place to Work, Associated provides employees competitive compensation, 401k with an employer match, health, paid leave for family planning (including adoption), paid disability leave and other benefits. We support employees in their journey to physical, financial, emotional and social well-being and we encourage employees to enjoy time away with Paid Time Off, paid holidays and volunteerism in community events. Associated’s culture includes workforce flexibility options with opportunities for personal and professional growth including tuition reimbursement and development planning resources. Come join a team where your talents are appreciated, your voice is heard, and your work has an impact!

To learn more and apply for a position, please visit You will be able to upload additional applicant documents (i.e. resume, cover letter). AECI is fully committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of employment. Please contact us if you require assistance in filling out an application. Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to an appointment.

Internal/External Posting Date: 5/13/2022

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