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615. Splunk Engineering SME

Arlington, VA

SSi has principals that are an integral part of the organizations characteristic and are fundamentally essential to the shaping of everyday activities that connect to our broader mission and vision. As an organization SSi is committed to:
Foster a culture of innovative and out of the box thinking: 
We fundamentally understand that each employee has something unique to offer to the organization.  We foster a culture that nourishes innovation by empowering staff, leverages their passions, and encompasses a circle of trust where it’s all about thinking of new ideas and getting good feedback.
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Employees are essential, their physical and mental well-being are pivotal to the growth of our organization.  Our company culture, productivity, and overall employee happiness stem directly from how much training, responsibility, and empowerment they have within our organization. Our focus is on improving the growth of individual through education, allowing them to play central roles, so they can grow and add value to the company.
Provide solutions that are in the best interest of the customer and improve their strategic posture
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We give thoughtful consideration to each other’s differences and opinions. We must give our individual best to get the job done right. Everyone is accountable for their behaviors, exercising rational judgment, and giving thoughtful consideration to their professional activities and decisions.

Sharp Solutions, Inc has an immediate need for a Splunk Engineer SME for a new customer on a highly-visible and strategic Cybersecurity Task Order. The Splunk Engineer SME will install and maintain Splunk infrastructure, gather requirements from customers, onboard data, and assist end users with searches, dashboards, reports, and knowledge objects. The Splunk Engineer SME may be required to interact with senior management, as necessary.

* Conceptualize, design, build, and maintain current and future customer-supported tools and platforms

* Manage multiple assignments, changing priorities, and work independently with little oversight
* Lead team of Splunk engineers in the management of Splunk solution to optimize data availability for SOC and other stakeholders.
* Develop data storage, access, and retention strategies for a large IT enterprise using industry standards and best practices to advise Customer executive-level stakeholders
* Design, build, implement, and administer Splunk infrastructure in on-prem and cloud environments.
* Create, manage, and support automation solutions for Splunk deployment and orchestration in on-prem and cloud environments
* Work with existing and custom Splunk applications and add-ons to fulfill customer needs
* Provide overall engineering and design support for a distributed Splunk environment consisting of heavy forwarders, indexers, and search head servers, spanning security, performance, and operational roles
* Onboard data to Splunk via forwarder, scripted inputs, TCP/UDP, and modular inputs from various sources
* Normalize data to ensure CIM compliance, and develop data models to accelerate queries, dashboards, and correlation searches
* Work closely with all relevant stakeholders to solve technical problems at the network, system, and application levels
* Conduct periodic architectural reviews of Splunk and related systems to assess effectiveness and propose optimal installation alternatives as required
* Develop and manage comprehensive documentation, artifacts, procedures, and processes for the optimal management of the Splunk infrastructure


* Current Splunk Enterprise Certified Architect certification
* Excellent written and oral skills, ability to work closely with multiple customers, manage expectations, and track engagement scope
* Experience implementing FISMA, NIST, NSA, and other information security, cybersecurity and CDM-related industry policies, procedures, guidelines, standards, and best practices
* Expert-level knowledge and ability with Splunk Enterprise Security or integration with other Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platforms
* Extensive experience with advanced configuration of Splunk including Indexer Clustering and Search Head Clustering
* Proficient at data on-boarding activities including routing, parsing, and normalizing events to the Splunk Common Information Model (CIM)
* Proficiency onboarding data using Splunk-developed add-ons for Windows, Linux, and common third-party devices and applications
* Experience onboarding data into Splunk via forwarder, scripted inputs, TCP/UDP, and modular inputs from a variety of sources
* Proficiency managing Splunk using the Splunk command-line interface
* Proficiency managing Splunk using configuration files
* Experience collaborating with separate engineering teams to configure data sources for Splunk integration
* Intermediate understanding of SQL and common SQL dialects
* Proficiency implementing and onboarding data in Splunk DB Connect
* Experience with Splunk performing systems administration, including performing installation, configuration, monitoring system performance and availability, upgrades, and troubleshooting
* General networking and security troubleshooting (firewalls, routing, NAT, etc.)
* Splunk architecture/design, implementation, and troubleshooting experience
* Experience in managing, maintaining, and administering multi-site indexer cluster
* Proficiency developing log ingestion and aggregation strategies per Splunk best practices
* Perform integration activities to configure, connect, and pull data with 3rd party software APIs
* Experience implementing and optimizing Splunk data models
* Proficient in regular expressions
* Scripting and development skills (Bash, Python, or PowerShell)
* Ability to autonomously prioritize and successfully deliver across a portfolio of projects
* Department of Homeland Security ESOC employees are required to obtain an Entry on Duty (EOD) clearance to support this program

* Experience working among different Cloud Provider environments (Azure, AWS, GCP), particularly for a federal government customer

* Experience with GitLab or GitHub or other version-control system
* Experience with Ansible tower and/or writing Ansible playbooks
* Four (4) years of experience with distributed systems development using REST APIs
* Four (4) years of experience with database development using ODBC, JDBC, or other database APIs

CERTIFICATION REQUIRMENTS:  (Must have one of the following)
* Carnegie Mellon: SEI
* Cisco: CCNP, CCNP Security, CCIE Security
* EC_Council: CEH, ECSP
* Microsoft: MCSE (Server), Azure Administrator Associate, Cybersecurity Architect Expert, Azure Solutions Architect Expert
* Splunk: Enterprise Certified Architect

Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field and a minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in system administration, database administration, network engineering, software engineering, or software development, with a concentration in Cybersecurity
* Fifteen (15) years of experience with Linux and Windows system administration or an expert understanding of operating systems and common operating environments
* Ten (10) years of experience with Splunk in distributed deployments

Must be a US Citizen

SSi is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, on-the-job injury, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that employers are prohibited by law from considering. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. SSi also prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with a disability. VETS are encouraged to apply.

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