Host Forensics Analysts / Host Based Systems Analyst

Host Forensics Analysts / Host Based Systems Analyst

Location: Arlington, VA

Must have Top Secret Security Clearance

Node provides remote and onsite advanced technical assistance, proactive hunting, rapid onsite incident response, and immediate investigation and resolution using host-based and network-based cybersecurity analysis capabilities. Contract personnel provide front-line response for digital forensics/incident response and proactively hunt for malicious cyber activity. Node is seeking Host Forensics Analysts to support this critical customer mission.


- Assisting Federal leads with overseeing and leading forensic teams at onsite engagements by coordinating evidence collection operations

- Providing technical assistance on digital evidence matters and forensic investigative techniques to appropriate personnel when necessary

- Writing in-depth reports, supporting with peer reviews, and providing quality assurance reviews for junior personnel

- Supporting forensic analysis and mentoring/providing guidance to others on data collection, analysis, and reporting in support of onsite engagements.

- Assisting with leading and coordinating forensic teams in preliminary investigation

- Planning, coordinating, and directing the inventory, examination, and comprehensive technical analysis of computer-related evidence

- Distilling analytic findings into executive summaries and in-depth technical reports

- Serving as technical forensics liaison to stakeholders and explaining investigation details including forensic methodologies and protocols

- Tracking and documenting on-site incident response activities and providing updates to leadership throughout the engagement

- Evaluating, extracting, and analyzing suspected malicious code


Required Skills:

- U.S. Citizenship

- Must have an active TS/SCI clearance

- Must be able to obtain DHS Suitability

- 8+ years of directly relevant experience in cyber forensic investigations using leading-edge technologies and industry-standard forensic tools

- Ability to create forensically sound duplicates of evidence (forensic images)

- Able to write cyber investigative reports documenting digital forensics findings

- Experience with the analysis and characterization of cyber attacks

- Experience with proper evidence handling procedures and chain of custody protocols

- Skilled in identifying different classes of attacks and attack stages

- Knowledge of system and application security threats and vulnerabilities

- Knowledgeable in a proactive analysis of systems and networks, including creating trust levels of critical resources

- Must be able to work collaboratively across physical locations.

Desired Skills:

- Experience with or knowledge of two or more of the following tools:

--- EnCase

--- FTK

--- SIFT

--- X-Ways

--- Volatility

--- WireShark

--- Sleuth Kit/Autopsy

--- Splunk

--- Snort

--- Other EDR Tools (Crowdstrike, Carbon Black, etc)

- Proficiency in conducting all-source research.

Required Education:

BS Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Computer Engineering, or related degree; or HS Diploma and 10+ years of host or digital forensics experience

Desired Certifications:


Company Overview:

Node.Digital is an independent Digital Automation & Cognitive Engineering company that integrates best-of-breed technologies to accelerate business impact.

Our Core Values help us in our mission. They include:


Identifying the~RIGHT PEOPLE~and developing them to their full capabilities

Our customer’s “Mission” is our “Mission”. Our~MISSION FIRST~approach is designed to keep our customers fully engaged while becoming their trusted partner

We believe in~SIMPLIFYING~complex problems with a relentless focus on agile delivery excellence

Our mantra is “~Simple*Secure*Speed~” in the delivery of innovative services and solutions


We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to include

  • Medical (100% Coverage for Employee)
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Basic Life (100% Coverage for Employee)
  • Health Saving Account
  • 401K
  • Three weeks of PTO
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Pre-Approved Online Training

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