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Linux System Administrator


Wadsworth, OH, US, 44281

Job Function:  Information Technology
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  69337

FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.


This position’s base reporting location is in Wadsworth Township, Ohio with significant flexible work location opportunities.  This position is within FirstEnergy’s IT Security Operations and reports to the Manager of Transmission Security Operations Center Technologies.  


As a Cyber Security Systems Administrator supporting the Transmission Security Operations Center (TSOC), you will design, develop, implement, and maintain solutions and capabilities that protect FirstEnergy and its customers’ data.  This role’s primary responsibility is to design, maintain, and support threat intelligence platforms, and the SIEM solution.


The ideal candidate should have significant prior experience with the full life cycle of multiple cyber security platforms, products, and/or technologies. They will also excel in this position if they have prior experience implementing cross-organizational IT solutions, project management skills, good written and verbal communication skills, and strong organizational skills.


Responsibilities Include

  • Performs daily routine administration, user support, monitoring and optimization of Linux operating system software and server infrastructure for solutions supporting the SOC and enterprise technologies; this includes upgrading, patching, and assisting with operational and security issues
  • Ability to diagnose, assess impact, analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve system hardware, software, and networking issues
  • Provide direction to infrastructure, operations and application development groups throughout the design and implementation phases. Validate current and future-state architectural models to assess impact across assigned cyber security technology systems.
  • Research, evaluate, design, engineer, and Proof-of-Concept both commercial and Open-Source security technology solutions that include, but not limited to SIEM solutions, SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) tools, threat intelligence solutions, cloud security, and/or inline network security devices
  • Act as an operating system and hardware subject matter expert (SME) to support the TSOC server infrastructure, providing consultancy and advice on the design implementation and deployment of security solutions
  • Assist with incident response for operational and cybersecurity related issues.
  • Work with cross-functional teams on security projects.
  • Respond to tier 3 level support requests that are escalated to the team.
  • Respond to off-hours operational issues and security incidents on a rotating team schedule.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and recent security developments in related areas
  • Work with vendors to obtain product updates, bug fixes, and managing relations
  • Responsible for the effectiveness and continuous improvement of security controls
  • Create clear and concise documentation to formalize work stream processes
  • Ensures compliance to audit, regulatory and legal requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Cyber Analytics or similar discipline is preferred.  A bachelor’s degree in another field with relevant industry experience in cyber/information security will be considered.
  • Preferred experience with SIEM technologies, SOAR, Microsoft Azure, Privileged Access Management and logging and alerting.
  • Experience with network security monitoring solutions, WAFs and inline network security devices enforcing controls up-to the application layer, and/or endpoint security technologies is a plus.
  • Effective business communication skills which include documentation and project status communication.
  • Must compose well-written, professional documents and reports.
  • Knowledge of relevant frameworks, standards, and best practices such as NIST CSF, PCI-DSS, CIS CSCs, MITRE ATT&CK, Cyber Kill Chain, etc. are a plus
  • Experience working with or implementing Open-Source security solutions in an enterprise setting
  • Knowledge in automated scripting in at least 1 development language (Bash, PowerShell python etc)
  • Knowledge of operating systems internals, hardening, and monitoring (Windows and UNIX)
  • Working knowledge and/or experience in administrating and maintaining SIEM solutions
  • Experience in designing, deploying, and/or supporting enterprise-scale security solutions
  • Experience in IT systems and/or networking infrastructure is a plus
  • In-depth understanding of TCP/IP network fundamentals is a plus
  • Strong troubleshooting skills are required
  • Experience with Compliance regulations, such as NERC CIP, is a plus.


Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

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Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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