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Security Control Assessor - 0004 

Location Arlington  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Number of Openings 1  
Clearance TS/SCI Required  

The Security Control Assessor must fulfill a variety of cybersecurity functions, to include: System Administrator, Enterprise Oversight, certification and accreditation, SAP and SCI assessment and authorization (A&A) , Platform Information Technology (PIT) assessment and authorization, Information Assurance and Technical Security for AIS, Information Technology (IT) Network Administration & Support, and Information System Security Officer support. Will perform the IA tasks necessary to ensure that the existing DARPA IA program meets National, DoD, and DARPA IA standards, and continues to protect and defend DARPA information and Information Systems (IS) by ensuring the confidentiality integrity, availability, authentication, and non-repudiation of the systems.

The Senior Cybersecurity Specialist possesses experience in successfully participating in DoD Special Access Program Joint Certification and Accreditation, Assessment, and Approval events for DoD Joint cyber ranges and/or jointly accredited SAP information systems. The DARPA systems to be protected include systems that process and store information from controlled unclassified (CUI) up to Top Secret, including SAP and SCI caveats/compartments.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Must possess experience in successfully meeting and participating in Defense Information System Agency (DISA), National Security Agency, and USCBYERCOM Computer Network Defense Program (CNDSP) and CBYERCOM Computer Readiness Inspections (CCRI)
  • Experience with network security devices, classified Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks, public key infrastructure (PKI), virtual machines, and end-point security solutions.
  • Ensure system security requirements are addressed during all phases of DARPA program life cycles (concept development, Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) or BAA, Proposal, Selection, Award, Closeout, Transition, etc.).
  • Planning, preparing, and executing inspections, authorization and approval (A&A) events IAW with the respective policies detailed in paragraph 3.12.c. for all classifications of networks; to include the development and review of Automated Information System Authorization and Approval Packages.
  • Develop, review, endorse, and recommend action by the authorizing official (AO), delegated authorizing official (DAO), or designated approval authority (DAA) for system certification documentation
  • Conduct security control assessments for the evaluation of security controls to determine the extent to which the controls are implemented correctly, operating as intended, and producing the desired outcome with respect to meeting the security requirements for an AIS
  • Provide an assessment of the severity of weaknesses or deficiencies discovered in the information system and its environment of operation and recommend corrective actions to address identified vulnerabilities
  • Analyze and make recommendations in support of DARPA accredited network Configuration Control Board cases within 10 calendar days of case validation by the respective network’s Information System owner
  • Monitor activities of DARPA accredited networks and DARPA DAO Accredited performer networks
  • Provide advice, assistance, and analysis of threats and vulnerabilities and risk mitigation and acceptance recommendations, as required. Conduct certification tests that include verification that the features and assurances are functional and support accreditation
  • Review and recommend changes or amplification of policy, procedures, and strategy development
  • Evaluate Information Assurance (IA) products and provide written recommendations as to their risk and usefulness and/or adoption for the DARPA IA mission
  • Evaluate information technology (IT) vulnerabilities to assess whether additional safeguards are prudent and ensure certification is accomplished for each information system
  • Develop and maintain a formal, written Information Systems Security Program SOP
  • Ensure all Information System Security Officers (ISSO), network administrators, and other Automated Information Security (AIS) personnel, to include DARPA performers performing these functions, receive the necessary and required technical and security training to carry out their duties
  • Ensure development and implementation of an information security education, training, and awareness program, to include attending, monitoring, and presenting local AIS security training.
  • Maintain a repository for all system certification/accreditation documentation and modifications
  • Coordinate AIS security inspections, tests, and reviews
  • Prepare policies and procedures for responding to security incidents and for investigating and reporting security violations and incidents
  • Ensure proper protection or corrective measures have been taken when an incident or vulnerability has been discovered
  • Assess changes in a system, its environment, or operational needs that could affect the accreditation
  • Ensure configuration management (CM) for security-relevant AIS software, hardware, and firmware is maintained and documented
  • Perform system audits on multiple systems; work closely with system administrators and ensure current security measures are sufficient and in compliance with approved policies and processes
  • Perform, and conduct training as required, for the execution of secure file transfers/trusted downloads between local systems to storage devices, this includes secure down writing of data between systems of different security levels
  • Provide technical advice and assistance, as required, and perform technical oversight on telecommunications requirements for Collateral, SAP, and SCI systems and networks
  • In coordination with SID Emergency Management, review and provide AIS security relevant input to DARPA Emergency/Disaster plans and procedures.
Position Requirements

Required Skills (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

  • Relevant work experience as specified for an Information Assurance Technical (IAT) Level III or Information Assurance Management (IAM) Level II in DoD Manual 8570.1-M
  • Extensive knowledge of RMF (Risk Management Framework)
  • Experience assessing and authorizing various PIT systems (of all classification levels) including but not limited to; space systems, manned and unmanned aircraft systems, manned and unmanned underwater vessels, cyber operation platforms, cyber capabilities, directed energy systems, and hand-held battle field orientation electronic devices


Professional Business Functions

  • Attend meetings (either locally or out-of-area) and create meeting summaries or trip reports
  • Prepare and submit meeting minutes on an as-required basis
  • Prepare/present briefings, incorporating graphics (if appropriate) for/to SID/ DARPA leaders
  • Prepare various security forms associated with their duties
  • Assist in entry control and perform escort duties for visitors
  • Answer telephones and other modes of administrative communications in the performance of duties
  • Perform self-inspections, identify security discrepancies, and report security incidents
  • Perform, or support, security inspections, identify security discrepancies and prepare reports
  • Perform courier duties within the continental United States (CONUS)
  • Perform user-level security administrator and information security responsibilities are required and in compliance with US Codes, Executive Orders, and DoD and DARPA policy
  • Perform objective reviews on all documentation encountered during performance of duties


Years of Experience/Education Requirements

  • The Senior Cybersecurity positions require a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Information Systems with at least 12 years of specific, demonstrable, and successful experience fulfilling a Cybersecurity role for a DoD or IC customer on similar size and scale.
  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science or Information Systems may substitute for 4 years of relevant experience.


Certification Requirements

  • DoD Approved Baseline Certification as a CISSP IAW DoD 8570.1-M


Travel Requirements

  • Some travel is required for this position.
  • Ability to travel to CONUS and/or OCONUS locations
  • Must have active US passport for OCONUS travel requirements
Additional Information  
About the Organization From our start in 2005, System High has been recognized as the provider of choice for innovative security engineering. Delivering high-end information protection services, over 50% of our security professionals are US Military veterans. Patriotism, commitment to excellence, and successful mission accomplishment permeate our corporate culture. Whether designing or constructing secure facilities (SCIFs), performing IT systems certification and accreditation, establishing regulatory compliant corporate security programs, or producing life-cycle protection planning for complex systems acquisitions, System High has the expertise and tools to facilitate mission success.
System High is a Military friendly employer. Our extensive work on behalf of the U.S. government offers those who have served in uniform an opportunity to continue to serve their country in a new and exciting way while enjoying a successful civilian career.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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