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Director of Cyber Operations (Threat Hunting)

£100000 - £125000 per annum

Blackthorn Trace have partnered with a leading, global security consultancy that provide a managed detection and response service through proactive threat hunting. Our client are now looking for a new Director of Detection and Response to help lead their highly technical team and continue to grow the consultancy and their offering.

The ideal candidate will come from a highly technical background within a SIRT/SOC/Threat Hunting and will be comfortable with public speaking at well known industry events, writing blog posts on related topics and maintaining a public presence as a security influencer.

You will be responsible for leading the growth and delivery of the MDR services for a global client list and continue to develop the service and team ensuring to stay ahead of the industry. You will maintain strong client relationships and influence the direction of our clients technology roadmap while playing a key strategic role in their ambitious growth plans and shaping the future direction.

Our client are offering a chance to build you into your own brand and influencer within the security industry as well as the opportunity to work with arguably one of the most experienced technical team in the industry.


  • Take responsibility for growing the MDR services revenue stream in line with agreed targets.
  • Manage costs and budgets with regular reporting to the Managing Director and contribute to re-forecasting on a quarterly basis.
  • Expand the team into new regions.
  • Lead, build, coach and develop the global detection and response team to ensure capability remains at the forefront of the industry.
  • Work closely with the R&D team to help drive the direction and roadmap of the technology stack to enhance the hunt teams capabilities.
  • Provide support with client meetings and presentations as well as representing the brand at relevant industry events.
  • Identify and monitor potential competitors to maintain a competitive service.
  • Develop and communicate plans within the team and at executive level.

Who we are looking for:

An experienced leader who believes in and can help execute the business vision:

  • Experience in developing services and taking them to market.
  • A strong familiarization with the security industry.
  • Experience in managing costs against budget.
  • Extensive experience leading and developing technical teams.
  • A technical background within a similar environment.
  • An inspiring and engaging personality and leadership style.
  • A proven track record of successfully delivering, under pressure within aggressive timescales.
  • The ability and willingness to challenge the status quo and not follow a certain, familiar path.

Please get in touch now for more information on the position and what our client can offer you in terms of career progression.

Huntress Search Ltd does not discriminate on the grounds of 'protected characteristics' as defined under the Equality Act and other relevant UK legislation.

Huntress Search Ltd acts as a Recruitment Agency in relation to all Permanent roles and as a Recruitment Business in relation to all Temporary roles.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK.

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Palo Alto Engineer


Are you an experienced Palo Alto engineer looking to help drive my client from being a Palo Gold Partner to a Paulo Platinum partner?


This role will enable you to use your entire skill set from Installation and configuration to low level and technical design whilst playing an integral part of the Engineering team. You will be a passionate individual who is willing to help train other members of the team and to help keep my client on its impressive trajectory to success.


Job Role

  • Maintain the clients security devices and upgrade when necessary
  • Provide support to project managers on security deployments
  • Suggest and details design changes as and when needed
  • Documentation for the customers installations and provide continue service advice
  • Pro-actively review and maintain client infrastructure
  • To be able to troubleshoot during emergency situations
  • Providing support for other members of the team
  • To provide pre-sales support and design rollout



Skill Set

  • PA Networks Certified Network Security Engineer 7-8 and CCNA certified
  • Palo Alto security installation and support
  • Data knowledge,routing and Networking protocols (BGP, OSPF and EIGRP, MPLS, VRF, SIP, Traffic Shaping / QoS)
  • Palo Alto and Cisco Command line
  • Familiarity with Data Centre environment and hosted deployments/cloud
  • Client Support both remotely and face to face
  • Wireshark experience or similar product
  • A high level of Palo Alto expertise in design, configuration, migrations, tuning and customization of features
  • Thorough knowledge of Panorama, WildFire, Global Protect, and other Palo Alto features including and not limited to SSL decryption



  • Knowledge of Avaya and/or Mitel phone solutions
  • Experience of the Python programming language


Huntress Search Ltd does not discriminate on the grounds of 'protected characteristics' as defined under the Equality Act and other relevant UK legislation.

Huntress Search Ltd acts as a Recruitment Agency in relation to all Permanent roles and as a Recruitment Business in relation to all Temporary roles.

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from candidates who have the right to work in the UK.

Cyber Threat Analyst

Blackthorn Trace have partnered with a global leading financial services industry who are building a Cyber Threat team across the UK, US and Canada. With the financial services industry constantly under attack by sophisticated cyber adversaries that range from nation states to criminals. In response, my client is adding a Cyber Threat Center associate, charged with ensuring all equities are secure against all tiers of adversaries. 

You will work within the central hub for Computer Operations and be on the front lines of security incident response, threat hunting, and intelligence. Hours - 6am – 2.30pm, 2 days per week from home.


  • Act a senior member of the Cyber Threat Center who handles security events and incidents on a daily basis in a fast-paced environment.
  • Acts as an Incident Handler who can handle minor and major security incidents within the defined Computer Security Incident Response process.
  • Role embodies Cyber Network Defense and a successful Cyber Threat Analyst will be able to quickly analyze threats, understand risk, deploy effective countermeasures, make business critical incident response decisions, and work as part of a team of individuals dedicated to protecting the firm.
  • Maintains situational awareness for cyber threats across the global firm and take action where necessary.
  • Countermeasure deployment across various technologies.
  • Malware and exploit analysis.
  • Assessing alerts and notifications of event activity from intrusion detection systems and responding accordingly to the threat.
  • Continuing content development of threat detection and prevention systems.


Experience and Skills

  • Systems administrator experience in Linux, Unix, Windows or OSX operating systems.
  • Knowledge of networking and the common network protocols.
  • Demonstrated ability to create scripts, develop tools, or automate processes
  • Knowledge of vulnerabilities and a comfort in manipulating exploit code for analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform static and dynamic malware analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze large data sets and identify anomalies.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly create and deploy countermeasures under pressure.
  • Familiarity with NIST framework for incident handling.
  • Understand OSINT techniques.
  • Experience leading and managing IR investigations.


One or more of the following certifications or the ability to obtain within 1 year:

  • CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • SANS: GCIH – Incident Handler
  • SANS: GCIA – Intrusion Analyst
  • CREST: Certified Incident Manager