Host-Based Systems Analyst


Bluestone Analytics has an immediate opening for a Host-Based Systems Analyst to support the customer team. The ideal candidate for this job will be an experienced information security practitioner who is goal-oriented and strives to exceed expectations.  

This position requires experience in providing leadership and vision in incident handling, response, and analysis. Must be hands-on and have intimate knowledge and experience in cybersecurity, incident response, and analysis; digital forensics; security vulnerabilities/weaknesses and related attacks; network security issues and encryption technologies; management of lab environments to include flyaway kits.

Job Description - Location: Arlington, VA

  • Uses leading edge technology and industry standard forensic tools and procedures to provide insight into the cause and effect of suspected cyber intrusions; and 

  • Follows proper evidence handling procedures and chain of custody protocols; and 

  • Produces written reports documenting digital forensic findings; and 

  • Determines programs that have been executed, finds files that have been changed on disk and in memory; and 

  • Uses timestamps and logs (host and network) to develop authoritative timelines of activity; and 

  • Finds evidence of deleted files and hidden data; and 

  • Identifies and documents case relevant file-system artifacts (browser histories, account usage and USB histories, etc.); and 

  • Creates forensically sound duplicates of evidence (forensic image) to use for data recovery and analysis; and 

  • Performs all-source research for similar or related network events or incidents; and 

  • Possesses skill in identifying different classes of attacks and attack stages; and 

  • Knowledge of system and application security threats and vulnerabilities; and 

  • Knowledge in proactive analysis of systems and networks, to include creating trust levels of critical resources. 

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated to advanced operational experience as a Systems Analyst

  • Demonstrated to advanced experience with computer networking and operating systems 

  • Demonstrated to advanced experience of current threats, vulnerabilities, and attack trends 

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills 

  • Demonstrated to advanced experience working directly with customers to transfer Threat Hunting knowledge

  • Possess good time management and written and oral communications skills 

  • Experience with some/all of:  Hadoop, Apache NiFi, Kafka, Storm, Metron, Spark, Ambari, Kibana/Zeppelin, ThreatQ, FireEye Malware analysis 

  • Familiarity with: Netflow data, DNS logs, Proxy Logs 

Desired Skills/Certifications

  • GCFA

  • GCFE

Required Education/Experience

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with a minimum of six (6) years directly related experience. Equivalent years of directly related experience may be considered in lieu of educational requirements. 

Required Clearance:


About Bluestone Analytics

Bluestone Analytics is a veteran-owned cybersecurity technology and consulting firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our diverse team of innovative security professionals are passionate about defending data and solving today’s complex cybersecurity challenges. We pride ourselves on a fun, flexible, and collaborative work environment and offer competitive compensation and benefits.


To apply, email your cover letter and resume to and reference "Host-Based Systems Analyst" in the subject line. Bluestone Analytics is a veteran-owned small business and we highly encourage US military veterans to apply to our job openings.