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Merck Senior Data Loss Prevention Specialist in Branchburg, New Jersey

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

As a key member of the Information Technology Risk Management and Security (ITRM&S) organization, the successful candidate will act as a member of the Information Protection team and be responsible for managing and remediating instances of data leakage and other cyber security incidents related to data loss prevention that occur on our Company's global network and global computing assets. The Senior Data Loss Prevention Specialist will also participate in sensitive information protection activities and will be expected to manage data leakage incidents to the point of remediation and clearly communicate any remediation activities and status to colleagues and/or senior management. As a member of the Information Protection team this role is part of a global Intellectual Property and Sensitive Information Protection Program.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Investigate incidents generated from our User and Entity Behavior Analytics and Data Loss Prevention Tools. Using log management tools, packet captures reports, data visualization, and pattern analysis

  • Analyze, escalate, and assist in remediation of critical information security incidents related to data loss prevention

  • Improve and challenge existing processes and procedures in a very agile and fast-moving information security environment

Security analysts should have knowledge of:

  • Information security policies and best practices

  • Data Loss Prevention Tools (including network, endpoint, and cloud based DLP tools)

  • The current IT Data Protection landscape and upcoming trends in security

  • Work with our Global Security Group, Legal, Privacy, and other business units as appropriate based upon corporate policy to respond to Data Leakage incidents and take the appropriate response actions

  • Create, modify and review various reports and dashboards from our various reporting tools

  • Analyze Data Leakage related security incidents that are generated from other tools such as our Company's Big Data platform

  • Maintain DLP Policies/Rules and associated events which support compliance to our Company's corporate policies

  • Maintain/troubleshoot issues with the DLP security infrastructure

  • Active participant in weekly Information Protection management meetings reporting on security incidents that have occurred

  • Work on DLP security solutions in support for our Company's current and future state capabilities for achieving desired levels of information protection, confidentiality, integrity and availability of services

  • Responsible for end-to-end problem and service management, and clear communication of ongoing problem status to colleagues and management

  • Make recommendations to strengthen the security posture of our computing environment as well as recommend process and technology improvements to ensure timely response to future Data Leakage security incidents

The Senior DLP Specialist will be required to maintain up-to-date information protection industry awareness and trends and be able to understand how emerging threats may potentially impact the organization. The role also requires active and ongoing collaboration with many other organizations and departments within our Company, acting in a consultative capacity promoting information security awareness and compliance to corporate policies.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or equivalent

Required Experience and Skills

Excellent analytical and communication skills are essential for this role, as well as passion for problem solving, a desire to learn, and the ability to work in a team environment. Demonstrated skills working with various IT technologies and services. Proven record of successfully managing incidents to resolution, and the ability to trace a problem to root cause. The candidate must be able to adapt and rapidly learn new technologies and must have some background in an information security related discipline.

  • System administration on Windows, Unix/Linux, or MAC OS

  • Data Loss Prevention Tools experience

  • Investigating security incidents, Tier-2 support

  • Various general technical skills including knowledge of networking (i.e. TCP/IP) and security product experience

  • Willingness to acquire in-depth knowledge of network and host security technologies and products.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Prior experience as a data loss prevention analyst.

  • Ability to build strong relationships with business and technology stakeholders, self-motivation, personal drive and high energy are highly valuable for this position

  • Cloud Access Security Broker tool experience

  • Monitor and manage Key Performance Indicators

  • Experience supporting an Insider Risk Program

  • Experience with McAfee ePO

  • Experience with Microsoft Azure Information Protection

  • User and Entity Behavior Analytics Tool experience

  • Splunk Tool experience and the ability to create dashboards

  • Experience or familiarity with Data Loss Prevention solutions for network, endpoint and cloud solutions

  • Experience or familiarity with content monitoring and user activity monitoring solutions

  • Knowledge of other information security related products is a plus

  • CISSP or similar Information security industry certification is a plus

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .





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Requisition ID: R25035