Lead Cyber Security Engineer (Remote/Hybrid)

Full Time

  • No Travel Required

Job Description

Resp & Qualifications


CareFirst, Inc., and its affiliated companies, generally referred to as CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), is the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest private sector health insurer, serving the healthcare needs of 3.5 million members in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and portions of northern Virginia. The Company offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services to individuals and groups, as well as state and federal government sponsored plans. With a market share almost three times that of the closest competitor, the company commands 45 percent penetration across the region.

In July 2018, Brian D. Pieninck assumed the role of President and CEO after serving as the company’s COO of Strategic Business Units and IT Division. Under his leadership, the organization completed an extensive review of its operations and clinical programs, resulting in an expansive 3-year strategy to grow and diversify the company’s core business. Along with a 5-year vision to drive the transformation of the healthcare experience across the continuum of its members, partners, and communities, the company has placed a renewed and intentional focus on fostering a mission-based culture, which drives every decision the company makes. The organization employs over 5,600 full-time employees in Maryland, Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia. CareFirst has earned multiple workplace awards recognizing its leadership in diversity and inclusion, wellness engagement, and creation of a supportive and equitable work environment for all employees.

At CareFirst, you are part of an inspired, collaborative team that is building the healthcare experience we want for our families and our future. Every day, we make a meaningful difference in the communities where we live and work.

We practice empathy, seek to understand, invest in inclusion, demand equity and nurture belonging every day for our employees and the communities we serve. We rely on the rich diversity of our employees’ experiences and backgrounds to achieve our mission. Every year we host a Week of Equity and Action where we deepen our investment and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. During this week thousands of employees engage in workshops and volunteerism with the goal of bettering themselves and our community.
  • Women make up around 70% of CareFirst’s employee population, and over 50% identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color).
  • We have 9 resource groups that connect employees over shared identities (LGBTQ, veteran status, race, etc.) and passions (climate change, healthy living, leadership development).
  • Employees are encouraged to give back and volunteer in their communities with their civic engagement hours.

As a not-for-profit, CareFirst regularly ranks among the most philanthropic organizations with $65 million invested in the community in 2020 to improve overall health, and increase the accessibility, affordability, safety, and quality of healthcare throughout its market area. The company’s employees consistently add to this impact by devoting thousands of volunteer hours to numerous community organizations and social causes. The company’s continued efforts to reinvest in community health care programs has repeatedly earned CareFirst regional accolades as a leading corporate philanthropist, including the No. 2 and No. 7 spots on the Baltimore Business Journal and Washington Business Journal’s 2019 list of top corporate givers, respectively.

Develops and implements security solutions. Administers security technology systems by architecting and engineering/developing trusted systems into secure systems.

Assists in the development of implementation and deployment plans that are aligned to the organizational strategic plan objectives and security requirements. Advises management in developing cybersecurity policies, processes, and procedures.

  • Leads all activities in the day-to-day support of the security solutions.
  • Oversees engineering support and system administration of specialized cybersecurity applications.
  • Develops information systems security action plans, evaluates information security products, and performs other activities necessary to secure the organization's network.
  • Identifies potential conflicts with the implementation of any cybersecurity tools.
  • Reviews and analyzes appropriate solution system logs for performance and functional anomalies.
  • Collaborates with architects and project managers to provide security requirements.
  • Answers advanced questions about the installation, operation, configuration, and customization of cybersecurity solutions.

Position does not have direct reports but is expected to assist in guiding and mentoring less experienced staff. May lead a team of matrixed resources.


Education Level: Bachelor's DegreeComputer Science, Information Technology, or related field OR in lieuof a Bachelor's degree, an additional 4 years of relevant work experience is required in addition to the required work experience.

  • PCNSE – Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer
  • PCCSE – Palo Alto Networks Prisma Certified Cloud Security Engineer
  • PCSAE – Palo Alto Networks Certified Security Automation Engineer
  • GIAC Defensible Security Architecture (GDSA)
  • GIAC Continuous Monitoring Certification (GMON)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Upon Hire Required

Experience: 8 years relevant IT security experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • High level of experience in a multi-cloud environment, with a focus on Azure.
  • Experience with cloud firewall technologies
  • Experience with cloud web application firewalls.
  • Ability to create and document detections for the for prevention of malicious activity.
  • Advanced knowledge of anomaly-based detection technologies, such as ExtraHop.
  • 2 years of experience architecting security controls in a cloud environment using a combination of cloud native and non-cloud native solutions.
  • Experience automating the configuration and deployment of security policies to various systems.
  • Ability to script in at least one language is highly desirable (Python or PowerShell preferred).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Ability to perform risk assessments and investigate cyber security incidents.
  • Ability to interact with a broad cross-section of personnel to explain and enforce security measures.
  • Ability to understand vulnerabilities at a technical level.
  • Knowledge of hardware and software, networks, data centers, systems and cyber security related issues.
  • Strong critical thinking ability and investigative/problem solving skills.
  • Must be able to meet established deadlines and handle multiple customer service demands from internal and external customers, within set expectations for service excellence. Must be able to effectively communicate and provide positive customer service to every internal and external customer, including customers who may be demanding or otherwise challenging.


Department:InfoSec - CyberSecurity Engineer

Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of theCompany to provide equal employment opportunities to allqualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Hire Range Disclaimer

Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

Where To Apply

Please visit our website to apply: www.carefirst.com/careers

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note: The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.


The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position. Occasional walking or standing is required. The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects. The associate must frequently talk and hear. Weights up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship