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Southern Company Security Analyst (Energy Management Systems) - Birmingham, AL or Atlanta, GA in Atlanta, Georgia

Security Analyst (Energy Management Systems) - Birmingham, AL or Atlanta, GA


EMS Security Analyst (Energy Management Systems)

Birmingham, AL or Atlanta, GA

Summary of Position Duties

The EMS Security Analyst position is responsible for the maintenance, monitoring and support of the cyber security applications and associated systems utilized in the Energy Management Systems (EMS) department with a focus on IPS/IDS, firewalls, and network services. The successful applicant will assist in administration activities, developing, testing, and implementing security hardware/ software, plans, policies and procedures. In addition, the successful candidate will maintain awareness of up-to-date threat and vulnerability sources and identify respective countermeasures. The successful candidate will work with team members to support the administration of security systems required to operate a real-time supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.


  • Degree in electrical engineering, computer science, MIS or equivalent experience

  • Industry certification (CCNA, CCNP, CISSP) or equivalent experience

Job Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain procedures for applying firewall rules to a production environment

  • Administration of Infoblox IPAM, DNS, DDNS, DNS firewall, DHCP, DNS tunneling prevention, and NetMRI

  • Administration of Riverbed network performance monitoring, application performance management, and wide area network analysis, NetFlow collection and analysis, and WAN optimization.

  • Cisco StealthWatch administration of threat and anomaly detection

  • Administration of APCON network packet broker

  • Administration of Tufin firewall security policy

  • Lead initiatives to optimize firewall rules and remove unused rules, objects, and topologies

  • Create and maintain procedures for applying IPS/IDS signature definitions to a production environment

  • Lead initiatives for system tuning to reduce IPS/IDS and network tools false positives

  • Evaluate new security technologies and provide input into EMS strategic plan

  • Provide technical support for the Sarbanes-Oxley, FERC, NERC and SERC compliance audits

  • Perform daily support of security monitoring processes/products

  • Partner with others to help troubleshoot, identify, and resolve production issues as related to security issues

  • Maintain a current knowledge of new security technologies and security practices

  • Perform all work following EMS Change Management policies

  • Proactively seek and provide input to plans for system security improvements

  • Support the development, analysis and monitoring of security tools used to protect real-time SCADA systems

  • Partner with customers to help them understand both the technical and procedural aspects of information security technologies

  • Monitor security logs and take appropriate actions to respond to events

  • Support capacity planning and performance engineering solutions for the infrastructure that supports EMS

Required Knowledge/Skills

  • Experience with TCP/IP and networking knowledge - specific experience with secure protocols, Internet Security (Firewalls, IDS, IPS, DNS, DMZ’s) is preferred

  • Experience with configuration, rule creation, and maintenance of Checkpoint firewalls

  • Experience with Checkpoint NGFW, including software blades

  • Experience with IPS/IDS products such as Checkpoint, HP Tippingpoint, Snort, Sonicwall, Fortinet, orMcAfee

  • Experience in troubleshootingissuesrelatedtofirewallsandnetworks;experiencewith centralizedmonitoring systems

  • Ability to analyze a packet capture

  • Experience with accessing and remediating vulnerabilities

  • Working knowledge of UNIX and Windows based operating systems

  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of information security best practices

  • Experience with and ability to meet Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Sarbanes-Oxley and other federal regulatory compliance requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively in both an oral and written manner

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment through cooperation and communication

  • Ability to effectively organize tasks, manage multiple priorities, meet schedules, and deliver on commitments

  • High degree of focus on quality, reliability, efficiency

  • Recognition of cyber security threats and risks, and importance of protecting the Bulk Electric System

  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with key customers and co-workers

  • Capacity to learn and apply new technologies and concepts

  • Superb diagnostic, troubleshooting, analysis and problem-solving skills

  • Self-motivated, takes initiative, proactive

The successful candidate will be awarded the job only after the successful completion of the Standards of Conduct, NERC CIP and Insider Threat Program requirements.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Virginia Avenue Office - 689 Virginia Ave NE (689ATLANTA)

689 Virginia Ave NE

Atlanta, 30306

Req ID: SCS2008918

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