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Job #: R-00069026-OTHLOC-PL-2D0945
Location: Fort Meade, MD
Category: Security Architecture and Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance: Top Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $4000
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking a Cyber Security Tools Engineer. This Cyber Network Defense (CND) tools support person will perform engineering work as part of an integrated team of CND professionals supporting the DoD’s JRSS (Joint Regional Security Stack) deployment activities. JRSS is a multi-year, global effort to improve the DoD’s security posture and provide enhanced security capabilities and analytics by centralizing and virtualizing network security into regional stacks rather than locally distributed appliances. This position can be located in either Springfield, VA, Washington DC, or Fort Meade, MD locations and an active Top Secret security clearance is required.

Candidate does not need to be an expert in CND tools but should have significant experience with engineering and implementing network communications and data security appliances (firewalls, IPSs, IDSs, etc.) and a desire to learn CND skills.

The candidate will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that designs and supports the active and passive Computer Network Defense (CND) tools deployed in stacks. Must be able to integrate with other technical teams, with DISA personnel, with vendor technical support personnel, and with technical representatives from DoD services, working as part of an integrated, cross-platform team that provides CND capability, and military base/post/camp/station migration support services DoD-wide as the JRSS stacks are deployed and used.

Primary Responsibilities:

The candidate will support CND tools deployed in stacks globally. Assignments may include: 

  • Work on CND systems engineering designs and architectures that maximize the effectiveness of the tools individually or as part of a defensive grid

  • Provide support to staff who are installing and configuring CND tools, while learning both skill sets.

  • Design scripts, dashboards, etc. to monitor the tools to insure proper operations and performance

  • Engineer CND tools to report to network monitoring tools via Syslog/SNMP

  • Assist staff in troubleshooting tool issues while learning the skill set

  • Integrate and test new code versions and upgrades in the DISA lab prior to deployment to production

  • Write engineering design and implementation plans

  • Write supporting documents for change management (tool upgrades, fixes, etc.)

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Excellent knowledge of UNIX

  • Knowledge of scripting languages such as Bash, PowerShell, etc.

  • Excellent knowledge of TCP/IP communications and networking

  • Experience in network security principles and practices

  • Engineering knowledge of routers, switches and other network equipment

  • Hands-on experience with one or more network security tools (firewall, IPS, IDS, etc.)

  • Willingness and ability to learn new tools and techniques via OJT or classroom training

  • Excellent troubleshooting skills

  • Ability to work as part of an integrated team to find solutions and implement fixes

  • Ability to work with other JRSS teams that perform life cycle O&M on the tools

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a related discipline, or equivalent experience/combined education, with 4+ years’ experience; or 2+ years’ experience with a related Master’s degree or equivalent work experience.

  • Familiarity with the MS Office tool suite.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and the ability to appropriately present highly technical material to both technical and non-technical audiences

  • U.S. citizenship and an active DoD Top Secret clearance is required.

  • DoD 8570 IATII certification is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a network intrusion analyst or Security Operations Center analyst.

  • Experience configuring and maintaining tools in a multi-tenant environment


External Referral Eligible

Pay Range:

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information 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 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.  For more information, visit

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