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Senior Cyber Security Engineer - 2008728 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

Senior Cyber Security Engineer

What We Do:

The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Our core purpose is to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect free, within budget and on time, every time.

Position Summary:

The CERT Program is part of the SEI, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Arlington, Virginia. The CERT Program engages in cutting-edge research and development to improve the state of cybersecurity. As a Senior Cyber Security Engineer, you have a background in cybersecurity risk, policy, and governance.

You are focused, have a track record of creating interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, and demonstrate strong presentation and writing skills. You are able to interact with clients and staff of all levels in a highly professional and competent manner. You enjoy the flexibility of an organization that values hard work but appreciates work-life balance and professional development. In your role, you will

  • shape national and organizational policy
  • analyze and measure effectiveness of policy and governance
  • develop roadmaps for improvement of cybersecurity capabilities
  • participate in standards making bodies
  • assist in implementation of policy and governance
  • participate in applied research
  • directly interface and support clients at client site
  • seek opportunities to expand customer relationships through direct engagement


  • BS or BA in relevant field with ten (10) years of experience; MS in relevant field with eight (8) years of experience.
  • experience in information security policy, governance, or leadership. Other potential career backgrounds include: audit, IT security, compliance, or similar technical occupation.
  • Willingness to travel to visit other offices and attend conferences and training. Moderate travel (25%).
  • You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Experience with and substantial knowledge of;

  • cybersecurity concepts and technical implementations
  • cybersecurity standards, policies, and frameworks
  • strategic implementation of cyber risk management practices
  • metrics and measurements methodologies

Job Function Breakdown:

70% Participate in customer engagement to develop, analyze, and implement cybersecurity policy. As a result, you will provide advisement for customers in accordance with your subject matter area of expertise.

20% Participate in research into innovative and cutting-edge tools, techniques, and methods to improve cyber security, policy/governance, and resilience; transition research into applied knowledge for customers.

5% Attend, contribute, and participate in conferences and meetings; participate in marketing calls and technical exchanges with clients; give talks and lectures as appropriate; participate on working groups for subjects of interest.

5% Engage in professional development activities such as additional training and interaction with professional organizations.

TOTAL = 100%

More Information

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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