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Security Operations Engineer II (Cloud/Endpoint)

Job ID: 7382

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Information Technology


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

  • This Security Operations Engineer II role will specialize in the design and implementation of endpoint security technologies within Kirkland & Ellis infrastructure as well as the implementation of potential new products and/or features. This engineer will be responsible for reviewing implementations of existing products, determining improvements, building roadmaps, and implementing the updates to improve the overall security posture.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Upgrade endpoint and/or cloud security systems by monitoring security environment; identifying security gaps, and evaluating and implementing enhancements.
  • Partner closely with IT or business teams across the Firm to implement secure Firm endpoints that reduce business risk by ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
  • Enhance department and organization reputation by delivering quality results and exploring opportunities to increase value and raise awareness of Information Security Program.
  • Document and conform to processes related to security monitoring, patching and incident response.
  • Acts as subject matter expert for security incident responses.
  • Participate in knowledge sharing with other engineers and develop solutions efficiently.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, preferably in cybersecurity or other IT-related field
  • At least ten (10) years in an IT-related field or at least five (5) years working in cybersecurity required.
  • Strong knowledge of cloud technologies.
  • Strong knowledge of endpoint technologies including Windows operating systems.


  • Experience with Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions such CrowdStrike, Sentinel One, etc. required.
  • Experience with Azure cloud modules including Sentinel, Defender, Identity, Keyvault, Entra, etc. required.
  • Experience with endpoint application allowlisting solutions such as BeyondTrust, Carbon Black App Control (Bit9), etc. preferred.
  • Experience with other endpoint security-related technologies/agents including VPN, web proxy, DLP, CASB, required.
  • Microsoft Outlook, Word, & Excel required.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations:

  • Comptia Security+
  • GIAC Information Security Fundamentals or Security Essentials Certification
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

How to Apply

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