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Cyber Response & Recovery - Assistant Manager

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
18 Aug 2024

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Job Role
Risk Analyst
Job Type
Job description
The incident response assistant manager role will be working in the Cyber Response Services (CRS) Team within our Risk Consulting practice, reporting directly into the head of cyber response. Cyber security is one of the areas which KPMG has identified for tremendous investment and growth. Our clients face a challenging cyber threat and look to us to help them understand and respond to that threat.
This is a hands-on and operational management role with opportunities to grow into service line leadership. The successful candidate is expected to manage a broad range of cyber-security incidents as well as perform digital forensics (disk, volatile memory, network packets, logfiles) and help advance KPMG's incident response processes and methodologies.
In this role we are looking for a person who can demonstrate strong technical background, significant experience in incident response and digital forensics and is looking to grow into an incident response leadership role as part of a growing team. You will be expected to lead a number of incident response case managers and practitioners, as well as have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, the service leadership as part of your continuous development.
When not responding to incidents, you may be helping our clients to build their in-house incident response capabilities, which could include: building and developing cyber-response tools, authoring and adapting runbooks/playbooks, assessing the incident response maturity, assisting in table-top cyber-scenario exercises. When not engaged in client work, you will be helping to develop our own delivery capability, including operational efficiency, standard operating procedures, team learning and development, tooling and platforms, lab development and orchestration.

Our clients expect that cyber-incidents will be tackled with urgency, therefore, there is an expectation that you will be flexible in terms of working hours. In addition, you should be prepared to travel on short notice for periods up to 2 or 3 weeks at a time.


• Manage and co-ordinate cyber security incidents for our clients, working closely with the head of cyber response.
• Digital forensics of relevant incident data (disk, volatile memory, network packets, log files).
• Maintaining a current view of the cyber threat, and being able to advise clients on the threat landscape and attacks which may be relevant to them.
• Manage the development of KPMG's in house cyber-response tools.
• Assess client incident response capability maturity.
• Help stand-up or improve clients' own incident response capabilities.
• Production and review of deliverables to a high standard.
• Liaising with clients on delivery, implementation and project issues.
• Ability to generate well-structured responses to bids and requests for proposals.

The Person

Experiences in cyber-security and incident response. For example: You should be able to guide a client through a unstructured incident response process (such as an advanced network intrusion) - managing resources and defining objectives at each stage of the incident response process; scoping and triage, containment, evidence preservation and extraction, eradication, recovery, forensic analysis and investigation.
• A broad understanding of the cyber security threat landscape.
• Strong technical background in computers and networks, and programming skills.
• Significant and proven experience of dealing with cyber security incidents and associated response measures.
• Experience of managing a rapid deployment incident response team.
• Excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills.
• Understanding of a wide range of information security and IT methodologies, principles, technologies and techniques.
• A genuine interest and desire to develop and mention junior team members.
• Strong attention for detail and the ability to manage multiple simultaneous cases.

Qualifications and Skills

The successful candidate will demonstrate competency in computing and networks as well as in cyber-security either by having the relevant work experience, completed a degree or obtained industry relevant certification. Therefore the qualifications below should be seen as means to demonstrate competency and not as a requirement. The desired skill and qualification is provided below:
• Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and project management skills.
• Strong IT and network skills - knowledge of common enterprise technologies - Windows and Windows Active Directory, Linux, Cisco, etc.
• Working programming skill-set to be able to author and develop tools. Most in-house security tools in KPMG are written in Python, but we accept that a competent programmer will be able to transfer skillsets across languages.
• Technical proficiency in at least one of these areas: network security/traffic/log analysis; Linux and/or Mac/Unix operating system forensics; Linux/Unix disk forensics (ext2/3/4, HFS+, and/or APFS file systems), advanced memory forensics, static and dynamic malware analysis / reverse engineering, advanced mobile device forensics
• Advanced experience in industry computer forensic tools such as X-Ways, EnCase, FTK, Internet Evidence Finder (IEF) / AXIOM, TZWorks, and/or Cellebrite
• Advanced experience in preservation of digital evidence (including experience preserving cloud data and handling encryption such as BitLocker, FileVault, and/or LUKS)
• Experience with and understanding of enterprise Windows security controls
• (Preferred) Degree level qualified, MSc in Information Security, IT or relevant STEM subjects.
• (Preferred) General information security certificates such CISSP, CISM or CISA.
• (Preferred) Incident management certifications such as:
• CREST certified incident manager (CCIM).
• GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
• (Preferred) Digital forensics certificates such as:
• CREST certified registered intrusion analyst (CRIA),
• CREST certified network intrusion analyst (CCNIA),
• CREST certified host intrusion analyst (CCHIA),
• CREST certified malware reverse engineer (CCMRE),
• GIAC Certified (Network) Forensic Analyst (GCFA, GNFA)
• (Preferred) A current government security clearance (SC/DV) or willingness to acquire such a clearance will be seen as an advantage.

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