Requisition Number:  9540
Position Type:  Term
Position Length:  1 year (extension possible)

Ottawa (Downtown), ON, CA

Remote Work:  Yes, within Canada
Closing Date:  December 1, 2023 23:59 EST

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We invite you to join an organization where differences are seen as strengths and are recognized, valued and respected. We welcome all candidates to apply and strongly encourage candidates to self-identify if they identify with an Employment Equity designated group (Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Women or Racialized/Visible Minorities). 

IT Security Monitoring Specialist

Take a central role

The Bank of Canada has a vision to be a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada. No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very center of Canada’s economy, in an organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in our environment. 

Building on the principles that have always guided us – excellence, integrity and respect – we strive to be forward-looking and innovative, to welcome people with diverse perspectives and talents, and to earn trust by living up to our commitments and by clearly explaining the intent of our policies and actions.  

With our defined-benefit pension plan, benefits, and high flexibility for work life balance - find out more about why we are annually ranked as one of Canada's top employers:  Working Here - Bank of Canada


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About the position

The cyber threat landscape is growing exponentially, and we are seeking interested candidates in joining our dynamic Cyber Security Monitoring team to help keep Canada’s economy safe & secure!


Reporting to the Program Manager, you will join a highly impactful Cyber SOC team. Our team is a collaborative group of about 15-20 diverse individuals across multiple domains including Analysts, Consultants, Students, etc.


Further - you will have autonomy to make decisions and recommendations along with the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art Enterprise Cyber Security Solutions and consistently learn as technology in the industry evolves.


What you will do

You will provide vital Bank-wide security services, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the Bank’s information assets by using a portfolio of IT security tools, including the Bank’s Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solution and the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution.  You also review and validate emerging threats, follow established methodologies, recommend process and technology improvements, develop new capabilities as required and author clear and concise reports.


More specifically, you will:

  • Review and perform IT security monitoring and incident response to IT security incidents
  • Detect, analyze, and implement approved security safeguards to limit intrusions and incidents
  • Review security incidents to determine their severity and draft reports detailing the activity
  • Analyze host-based and/or network-based indicators of compromise or network traffic to assist in generating new attack signatures
  • Analyze additional log, forensic, malware or other related data, as needed
  • Respond to IT security incidents and perform threat analyses, as directed
  • Create, modify and update EDR and SIEM rules and use cases
  • review and rate the risk of newly announced software and vulnerabilities to the operating system, as they apply to Bank systems and infrastructure; follow Bank policies and standards as well as industry best practices to do so
  • Perform detailed technical analyses of threats, including malware, viruses, and other malicious code
  • Work with industry organizations, business partners and technology teams to develop cyber security defensive techniques and best practices
  • Provide support, including on-call, shift or weekend work as required, for systems within your area of expertise


What you need to succeed

You are an effective communicator and have excellent analytical skills which enable you to efficiently prioritize and organize competing work demands with little oversight.  You also have strong organizational and problem-solving skills and are a great team player, self-starter and have an eye for change initiatives.


In addition, you have:

  • Advanced knowledge of network protocols, TCP/IP fundamentals, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), logging, network & system forensic investigation techniques
  • Familiarity with both host-based and cloud-based threat hunting, detection, investigation, EDR tools and SIEM tools and capabilities
  • Advanced knowledge of operating systems (Windows, Linux, Solaris)
  • Proficiency in malware triage and reverse engineering 



  • Relevant certifications (CISSP, GIAC, etc.)
  • Experience in managing and configuring Windows, Unix and/or security appliances
  • Experience scripting in either Python or PowerShell
  • Familiarity with the concepts of detection engineering and the MITRE ATT&CK framework


Your education and experience:

Your combined education and work experience demonstrate that you have the competencies and skills for the position. We are ideally seeking candidates with a degree/diploma in a relevant discipline (e.g., computer science, information systems, cyber security) with 3+ years of relevant experience.


What you need to know

  • Language requirement: English or French essential
  • Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Security level required: Be eligible to obtain Secret 
  • There will be no relocation assistance provided
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available. 


Remote work / Hybrid Work Model #LI-Remote

The Bank offers work arrangements that provide employees with flexibility, enable high-performing teams, and support an excellent workplace culture. Most employees can telework from home for a substantial part of each month as part of the Bank`s hybrid work model, and they are expected on site at the Bank location a minimum of eight days per month to help build connections between colleagues. You must live in Canada, and within reasonable commuting distance of the office. For this position, should you not live within reasonable commuting distance of the office, you will be able to work 100% remote (within Canada) for the duration of this term.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


What you can expect from us
This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career. For more information on key benefits please visit A great deal to consider


  • Salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $74,150 to $87,230 (job grade 15)
  • Depending on performance, you may be eligible for performance pay. The first tier of performance pay is for successfully meeting expectation, at  5 to 7% of your base salary. The Bank offers performance pay for those who exceed expectations (10% of your base salary).. Exceptional performers who far exceed expectations may be eligible for higher performance pay.
  • Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health and dental coverage that meets your needs
  • Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement
  • Option to join the indexed, defined-benefit pension plan after 24 consecutive months of service #LI-POS


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.T