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Job #: R-00094378
Location: Arlington, VA
Category: Information Assurance
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: Top Secret/SCI
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5,000.00
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Defense Group at Leidos has an exciting opportunity as a Security Design Assessment Lead/SME on our GSM-O II IDIQ contract’s Joint Service Provider (JSP) Cyber Security Task Order in Alexandria, VA. JSP provides a full range of IT products, services, and solutions and customer services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) and the Joint Staff (JS), Director of Administration (DA), Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), and other OSD offices for them to meet mission and business requirements. Through the JSP Cyber Security program, JSP performs a wide variety of services and functions required to secure the information security posture for DoD services.

This Task Order has 100+ FTEs working to ensure JSP’s Cyber Security program adheres to JSP, DoD, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) approved cyber society, information assurance (IA) architecture, policies, programs, standards, and guidelines.  The ISSM Lead/SME will be responsible for the ISSM organization that will support the JSP Information System Owners to coordinate, review, validate, and approve all activities, which contribute to the assessment and authorization of automated information systems throughout DISA JSP.  

This is a hybrid position allowing 50% remote work after a brief ramp-up period (first 2-3 weeks will be 100% onsite during onboarding, then time will be split 50/50 onsite/remote).

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The Security Design Assessment Lead/SME will provide expert-level support to the Security Design Architecture Team.

  • Ensure design solution complies with security requirements at a solution, system, or network level and enforces implementation of common security services and security zones.

  • Ensure design reviews are IAW with all applicable government directives, approved frameworks, and industry standards.

  • Lead Design Reviews, Go-Live Reviews, as well as Transition Reviews of all projects.

  • Provide expert-level technical expertise, diagram reviews, and recommendations on all JSP Information Systems (re-authorization and new systems).

  • Create a Security Design Assessment Portfolio that encompasses all security engineering or architecture projects to be maintained on the JSP Risk Management Division Portal or as directed by the government.

  • Provide a formal Risk Assessment Report (RAR), along with a formal Acceptance of Risk (AOR) memorandum, for the Authorizing Official to sign, when there is an acceptance of risk requirement stemming from any project review, part of the RMF process, identified risk or vulnerabilities of an Information System, or organization evaluation/inspection.

  • Provide expert-level operational risk management support for JSP-managed systems, whether networked or standalone.

  • Provide expert-level support for integrating existing Cyber products with new hardware and software introduced to JSP-managed systems.

  • Provide expert level Security Engineering management and technical support services focused on the implementation and execution of DoD, DISA, JSP security policies, procedures and other JSP information systems security procedures and policies.

  • Will provide subject matter expertise to any projects that are supported or require the JSP Cyber Security Center approval. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in IT-related field and 15+ years' experience in the Cybersecurity area. Additional years of applicable experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree. 

  • Top Secret SCI security clearance required prior to start.

  • DoD 8570 IAM Level III certification (CISSP or CISM required) prior to start.

  • 10+ years' experience in IA technology or related field.

  • 7+ years' experience with Risk Management Framework experience.

  • 7+ years' of project management work experience.

  • Expert knowledge of NIST SP 800-37, CNSSI 1253, FIPS 199 and NIST SP 800-53

  • Knowledge of the DoD Risk Assessment Methodology (DRAM) and POAM tracking.

  • Expert in RMF and DIACAP accreditation processes

  • Familiarity in CIRT processes and data spill cleanup procedures

  • Expert with the Data-Write and Cross Domain Data Transfer processes

  • Demonstrates leadership and customer service skills/Previous lead position

  • Expertise in auditing security controls

  • Knowledge of Continuous Monitoring

  • Expert in STIGs and SRGs

  • Knowledge of Common Control Processes

  • Project Management skills

  • Technical Writing Skills

  • Working knowledge of DoD Pentagon headquarter customers

  • Customer service skills both verbally and written

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PMP Certification


External Referral Eligible


Pay Range:

Pay Range $139,750.00 - $215,000.00 - $290,250.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

Covid Guidance for the US

In order to enter Leidos facilities in the U.S. and to attend Leidos events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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