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Job #: R-00118806
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Category: Cyber Operations
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Remote Type: No Remote
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $3,000
Group: Defense

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The Enterprise and Cyber Solutions (E&CS) Operation within Leidos’ Defense Group is seeking a Cyber Network Defense Engineer with extensive experience with Palo Alto network to support the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Liberty, NC. This person should be a seasoned, self-motivated, professional with at least 10 years of hands-on networks and systems engineering, testing experience in tactical and enterprise networks, virtualized and cloud environments. The candidate shall be a skilled engineer knowledgeable and experienced in developing and implementing Firewall/Networking Security Solutions. 


  • Active participant in meetings with XVIII Airborne Corps and mission partner working groups.
  • Train and mentor other team members.
  • Support mission-critical Continuity of Operations (COOP).
  • Evaluate current technologies and processes associated with DISA DCO to identify gaps.
  • Provide expert advice and direction regarding the management and operation of all Palo Alto devices in the XVIII Airborne Corps and US Army enterprise architecture.
  • Interact with the customer point of contact to set objectives/goals based on Palo Alto Networks technologies and available technology roadmap for architecture and design discussions.
  • Provide requirements and strategies for future cybersecurity operations.
  • Conduct and deliver weekly status updates to customer.
  • Follow up on all taskers and due outs. 


  • Must have Active Secret Clearance and ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI
  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline with 8+ years of applicable combined education and experience; additional related years of experience is accepted in lieu of a degree.
  • Current DoD-8570 IAM Level 1 baseline certification (Sec+ CE or equivalent) required to start
  • Current Forescout Certified Associate (FCA) certification required to start
  • 6+ years of hands-on Cisco / Palo Alto Firewall experience in both engineering and Operations and maintenance roles.
  • Strong knowledge of Palo Alto networks, concepts and best practices: Palo Alto Route configurations, Configurations and troubleshooting; Palo Alto IPSec Site to Site VPN Config and Troubleshooting; Palo Alto IPS Configuration; Panorama Installation and configuration, Policy creation and push to group of Firewalls and Verify Push; Palo Alto VM; Palo Alto Virtual Router / Systems; Palo Alto Firewall HA
  • Proficient understanding of the Cybersecurity Framework to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover within the Cyber Security Service Provider construct.
  • Motivated self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Experience working in a high op-tempo environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experienced with Enterprise and tactical networks,
  • Experience with XVIII Airborne Corps Mission and its mission Partners.
  • Experience with DISA and DoD Networks.
  • Expertise in Vendor Equipment
  • Expertise in Networking / Firewall based Cybersecurity technologies (5+ years)
  • Skilled in building extended cyber security analytics.
  • Advanced Certifications such as SANS GIAC/GCIA/GCIH, CISSP or CASP.
  • Experience in intelligence driven defense and/or cyber Kill Chain methodology.
  • Foster and encourage a collaborative environment to champion a cybersecurity culture

Pay Range:

Pay Range $97,500.00 - $176,250.00

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.

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 46,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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