Security Engineer in Irving, TX at Cottonwood Financial

Date Posted: 6/23/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), the Security Engineer plays a key role in security threat hunting, event response, and coordination of mitigating security controls. The Security Engineer works closely with the Server and Engineers, Developers, DBA’s, and the Technology Manager to identify and reduce cybersecurity risk at Cottonwood Financial. In addition, the Security Engineer will proactively review technical infrastructure changes to assure adequate security is maintained or enhanced. This position is based at our Administrative Office (HQ) in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas.


  • Performs hands-on engineering support of a wide range of security technologies
  • Work closely with other functional area engineers/administrators and security specialists to ensure adequate security solutions are in place
  • Strong Palo Alto Network (PA) appliance and Cloud (VM) firewalls
  • Network, Telecom/ LAN/ SDWAN security assurance
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF) administration
  • TCP/IP, Network Security tools
  • Mitigate identified risks to meet business objectives and regulatory requirements including GLBA and PCI
  • Security event management and mitigation
  • Strong RBAC, User ID Role-Based Functionality
  • Perform security risk assessments and develop remediation recommendations
  • Continuously evaluate the organization’s existing security controls
  • Measure and report on security control effectiveness
  • Enhance and maintain a balanced cybersecurity program
  • Assist in performing vulnerability scans throughout the enterprise
  • Assess disaster recovery, data replication, and distributed backup solutions for viability and effectiveness
  • Third-party vendor security assessments, including documenting data elements and data flow information
  • Collaborate with CISO in managing, creating, and maintaining information security reports and dashboards


  • Bachelor’s degree in MIS, Computer Science, Engineering, Computer Security, Information Systems, or related experience
  • 2+ years of hands-on network and cybersecurity work experience
  • Hands-on firewall administration and event monitoring experience
  • Anti-Virus / Endpoint protection administration, deployment, tuning, and response
  • Office365 Security and Compliance administration
  • Azure cloud security experience
  • Network security experience with routers and switches
  • Knowledge of cyber application attacks and defense strategies
  • Network experience and good understanding of the Internet protocols
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Local (Dallas/Fort Worth area) candidates only – no relocation
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship and not require sponsorship in the future


  • Ability to assess security risk, analyze results, and report results
  • Experience in Financial Services
  • Experience with SIEM event correlation, monitoring, and administration
  • Anti-Virus SIEM and IPS/IDS event response
  • Hands-on experience with Active Directory and group policy support
  • Experience with server virtualization technologies (VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V)
  • Demonstrated technical competence with Anti-virus, spyware prevention, and spam prevention technologies
  • Demonstrated threat hunting experience
  • Familiarity with vulnerability scanning tools and vulnerability remediation guidance
  • Beneficial certifications include Security+, CEH, GIAC, CISSP, and CISA
  • Knowledge of Application Security best practice concepts
  • Understanding of best practice frameworks including COBIT, SANS CIS, and NIST
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively while contributing to multiple projects


  • Annual salary of $88,800


  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Voluntary life/ AD&D
  • Short-term & long-term disability
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick time
  • Paid maternity, paternity, extended medical leave, and jury duty
  • Corporate discount program on personal cell phone accounts with select providers
  • Business casual work environment

Founded in 1996, Cottonwood Financial is one of the largest privately held retail consumer finance companies in the United States. We have zero debt, have been profitable every year since inception, and our growth is funded entirely through internally generated capital. Headquartered in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas, we have company-owned locations, under our Cash Store brand, across the country. Through this national brick-and-mortar footprint, we provide best-in-class customer service and offer an innovative mix of financial products and services to our customers.

We have been named multiple times to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, as well as to the Dallas 100 list of the fastest-growing private companies in North Texas.