Associate Principal, Cyber Defense

Who We Are:

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and market integrity by delivering clearing and settlement services for options, futures and securities lending transactions. As a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. OCC has more than 100 clearing members and provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 19 exchanges and trading platforms. More information about OCC is available at www.theocc.com.

What We Offer

A highly collaborative and supportive environment developed to encourage work-life balance and employee wellness. Some of these components include:

A hybrid work environment, up to 3 days per week of remote work

Tuition Reimbursement to support your continued education

Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Technology Stipend allowing you to use the device of your choice to connect to our network while working remotely

Generous PTO and Parental leave

Competitive health benefits including medical, dental and vision

What You'll Do

The Associate Principal, Cyber Defense will help plan actions and lead security professionals in the analysis and determination of threats to the enterprise, vulnerabilities in the environment, and how our company will best defend itself against these threats. This position will require initiative to oversee security initiatives and be expected to put together projects and teams to remediate identified security threats, incidents, and compliance issues.  In addition, the position will enhance the process around monitoring third-party security-related feeds, websites, forums, and mailing lists for information regarding cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits. The rile will be heavily involved in the documenting, delivery, and testing of regulatory compliance to all required security regulation as well as the reporting of high-level details and metrics to Senior management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Perform duties across several Cyber disciplines, activities may include:

Incident Management and Security Analysis:

  • Lead cyber security incident responders in response activities including investigation, coordination, review, and reporting.

  • Oversee technical analysis of security events while coordinating incident response activities with internal and external teams.

  • Ensure and directly oversee the collection and preservation of data associated with cyber security incident response activities following industry best practices and established procedures.

  • Develop and support briefings to OCC senior management as a trusted incident responder.

Intelligence Analysis:

  • Lead the development and enhancement of  current threat and situational intelligence sources leveraging proprietary enterprise data, as well as a variety of external sources and open source data.

  • Actively monitor and research cyber threats with a direct or indirect impact to the OCC brand, business operations, or technology infrastructure.  

  • Develop and support briefings to Security management as a cyber intelligence subject matter expert.

  • Create and conduct presentations on current threats and related IT Security topics.

  • Oversee process of monthly reporting to Security management on Threat, Vulnerability, and Incident management metrics.

Security Monitoring & Analysis:

  • Prioritize and identify security risks, threats and vulnerabilities of networks, systems, applications, and new technology initiatives.

  • Lead various teams to operationalize remediation efforts for gaps identified.

  • Develop and implement security monitoring roadmaps for OCC technologies, applications, SaaS, and other cloud-hosted solutions. These roadmaps will direct efforts on implementation of monitoring use cases and measurement of monitoring capabilities.

  • Manage, implement, and validate security monitoring use cases, mapping to frameworks, technical configuration for security tools, etc.

Security Device Administration

  • Manage security tools including appliances, hosted systems, and SaaS – including health checks, version updates, and content development.

  • Validate content changes to security tools are appropriate from other analysts and teams.

  • Report on and enhance current metrics surrounding security tool capabilities and efficacy.

  • Take a lead role in the systems lifecycle --- performing upgrades, implementation of new technologies, and enhancement identification.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Proven team player will be working primarily with other staff members, on both long-term projects and rapid response under tight deadlines.

  • Team Leadership experience, taking initiative; providing and following through on solutions across various skillsets.

  • Proficient with Security related service and process assessments and evaluations based on NIST, COBIT, ISO and/or ITIL standards.

  • Knowledge and experience implementing controls based on security regulation. E.g. NIST Cyber Security Framework

  • Effective and excellent oral and written communication, analytical, judgment and consultation skills.

  • Ability to effectively communicate in both formal and informal review settings with all levels of management.

  • Proven experience in developing and providing threat and situational intelligence from a variety of internal and external sources.

  • Ability to work with local and remote IT staff/management, vendors and consultants.

  • Ability to work independently and possess strong project management skills.

Technical Skills:

Demonstrated proficiency in:

  • Implementation and maintenance of SIEM (Splunk, ArcSight, IBM QRadar, etc.)

  • Vulnerability assessment tools (Qualys, Nessus, nmap, etc.)

  • Incident Response playbook development managing incident analysis and remediation

  • Network sniffers and packet tracing tools (DSS, NAI SnifferPro, Ethereal and tcpdump).

  • Other Security preventative and detective technologies (EDR, network-based analysis, etc.)

  • Encryption technologies (PGP, PKI and X.509)

  • Standard technical writing tools including MS Word, Excel, Project and Visio

Familiarity with:

  • Directory services, LDAP, and their inherent security (Active Directory, CA Directory).

  • Proxy and caching services.

  • Client/server platforms including Sun Solaris, Windows, Linux.

  • Operating system hardening procedures (Solaris, Linux, Windows, etc.)

  • LAN/WAN routing and high availability (OSPF, BGP4/iBGP, EIGRP and NSRP).

  • Web Application Firewalls.

  • Cloud based security tools and techniques (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.)

  • Security Orchestration and Automated Response tools and concepts.

Some experience:

  • Scripting and development activities to appropriately leverage Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) to optimize integrations between disparate security monitoring and analysis devices

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or another related field.

  • Minimum six years of information security experience, preferably in the financial services industry.

  • Minimum three years hands-on security operations experience including interdisciplinary experience with four or more of the following: Cyber Threat Analysis, Digital Computer Forensics, Incident Response, Application Security, Operating Systems Security, Cryptographic Controls, Networking, Programming languages, Incident Response

  • Minimum one year in a leadership role or team/project lead capacity.

  • Technical experience and comprehensive knowledge of threat actor capabilities, intentions, methodologies, and motives.

  • Familiarity with computer network exploitation and network attack methodologies while maintaining an understanding of the relationship these activities have with the financial services industry and critical infrastructure.

  • Industry knowledge of leading-edge security technologies and methods

  • Shift work and working in an on-call response capacity is required including availability for 24 x 7 on-call support responsibilities

  • Previous people/project management experience is a plus.

Certificates or Licenses:

  • Strongly prefer at least one of the following certifications: CISSP, GCIA, GCIH, CHFI, GCFA, CCE, CFE

Step 1
When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.  

Step 2
You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3
If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location. 

For more information about OCC, please click here.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply About OCC
  • REQ-2633
  • Chicago - 125 S Franklin
  • Full Time Regular
  • Posted: Jun. 01, 2022

How to Apply

Step 1 - When you find a position you're interested in, click the 'Apply' button. Please complete the application and attach your resume.

Step 2 - You will receive an email notification to confirm that we've received your application.

Step 3 - If you are called in for an interview, a representative from OCC will contact you to set up a date, time, and location.

OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Numerous studies have shown that people from groups that are traditionally under-represented in financial services apply to jobs only if they believe they meet 100% of the requirements. We want to break down this mindset to further diversify our workforce.

We encourage you to review our open positions and apply if you think your experience may be a match, even if you do not meet all of the qualifications. Your perspective may be an element we need to continue building innovative solutions to support the markets and market participants we serve.

OCC is a globally recognized entity that clears a multitude of diverse and sophisticated products. We want to reflect this in the diversity of our workforce.

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