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Job #: R-00083850-OTHLOC-PL-2D2521
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Category: Information Assurance
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 100%
Clearance: Top Secret
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact? Join the Leidos Civil IT (CivIT) team in accelerating cybersecurity in a changing world where we make a difference by protecting critical networks for our government and commercial customers.

At Leidos, we deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customers’ success. We empower our teams, contribute to our communities, and operate sustainable. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business.

Are you ready to challenge yourself with an organization that encourage & support career growth on an enterprise-wide scale? Your greatest work is ahead!

We are in search of a Vulnerability Assessment Functional Lead to join our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cyber Security Center (NCSC) Engineering & Operations team.  As a Vulnerability Assessment Functional Lead, you will play a valuable part in supporting the NCSC’s mission to protect NOAA networks, computers, programs and data from cyber-attack damage and unauthorized access.  

If this sounds like the kind of environment where you can thrive while being challenged, keep reading!

Leidos Civil Group helps modernize infrastructure, systems, and security. We are a trusted partner to both government and highly-regulated commercial customers looking for transformative solutions in mission IT, security, software, engineering, and operations. We work with our customers including the FAA, DOE, NASA, National Science Foundation, Transportation Security Administration, Custom and Border Protection, airports, and electric utilities to make the world safer, healthier, and more efficient. To explore and learn more about the Leidos Civil Group, click here!

Are you ready to make an impact? Begin your journey of a flourishing and meaningful career, share your resume with us today!

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical oversight and guidance across the NOAA NCSC program to a team of Vulnerability Assessment Analysts
  • Provide technical services for the NOAA FISMA High system computers and networks used by the NCSC and ESOC to execute against their functions
  • Provide guidance, coaching, and development to a cross functional security engineering & operations team
  • Develop necessary processes, and procedures to maintain and augment the IT systems operations that support the NCSC and the NOAA0100 FISMA High IT infrastructure
  • Ensure documentation relative operational procedures, services, etc., are written and centrally accessible and updated as necessary
  • Performs assessments of systems and networks within the network environment and identifies where those systems/networks deviate from acceptable configurations and policy
  • Validates remediation by reviewing application updates or deployed mitigations to verify resolution
  • Monitors and tracks the status of scans, reviews key indicators, and top vulnerabilities.
  • Responsible for researching and analyzing vulnerabilities, identifying relevant threats, corrective action recommendations, and summarizing and reporting results to improve the organization’s security posture
  • Identify, classify, and plan mitigations detected cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • Work with the Information System Security team to ensure reporting metrics are correct
  • Identify and classify systems and network vulnerabilities
  • Set up scheduled and ad-hoc scans/reports, and configure, maintain, and use various information security assessment tools
  • Ability to communicate remediation recommendations and timelines to the leadership team and the customer
  • Work with system and network POCs on remediation guidance, to assist with staying in compliance with defined remediation timelines

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information technology, or other Cyber Security field from an accredited university and 4-8 years of prior relevant experience. Additional years of relevant experience and/or technology certifications may be considered in lieu of degree
  • Innate continuous desire to explore, ask questions, consider multiple possibilities, and be persistently inquisitive
  • Knowledge of cyber threats and vulnerabilities
  • Knowledge of network security architecture concepts including topology, protocols, components, and principles (e.g., application of defense-in-depth)
  • Knowledge of what constitutes a network attack and a network attack’s relationship to both threats and vulnerabilities
  • Knowledge of security system design tools, methods, and techniques
  • Knowledge of key concepts in security management (e.g., Release Management, Patch Management)
  • Knowledge of network design processes, to include understanding of security objectives, operational objectives, and trade-offs
  • Knowledge of specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses as it pertains to vulnerabilities
  • Knowledge of system administration concepts for operating systems such as but not limited to Unix/Linux, IOS, Android, and Windows operating systems.
  • Knowledge of system and application security threats and vulnerabilities (e.g., buffer overflow, mobile code, cross-site scripting, Procedural Language/Structured Query Language [PL/SQL] and injections, race conditions, covert channel, replay, return-oriented attacks, malicious code)
  • Knowledge of network security architecture concepts including topology, protocols, components, and principles (e.g., application of defense-in-depth)
  • Knowledge of basic system, network, and OS hardening techniques
  • Skill in creating new and better ways to avert malicious adversary behavior through creativity, innovation, and a process improvement mindset
  • Skill in thinking like an adversary by identifying and anticipating weaknesses in trust relationships, human behavior, communications protocols, physical security, and system logic to find exploitable vulnerabilities
  • Skill in conducting application vulnerability assessments
  • Skill in conducting vulnerability scans and recognizing vulnerabilities in security systems
  • Skill in performing impact/risk assessments
  • Skill in identifying systemic security issues based on the analysis of vulnerability and configuration data
  • Skill in determining how a security system should work (including its resilience and dependability capabilities) and how changes in conditions, operations, or the environment will affect these outcomes.
  • Skill in independently making configuration updates to ensure system availability requirements
  • Skill in system, network, and OS hardening techniques. (e.g., remove unnecessary services, password policies, network segmentation, enable logging, least privilege, etc.)
  • Ability to write and verbally communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills and demonstrate poise and ability to act calmly and competently in high-pressure, and high-stress situations
  • Ability to share meaningful insights about the context of an organization’s threat environment that improve its risk management posture
  • Ability and drive to quickly learn new software and IT concepts
  • Understanding of accepted security practices, troubleshooting issues, attack vectors, and customer support
  • Knowledge and experience in administering: Tenable/Nessus

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in cyber security design, engineering, and operations 
  • Experience with System Administration, Network Administration Network Security, Networking Standards, Network Protocols, NIST/FISMA standards and controls, SIEM platforms and security tools, Network Hardware Configurations
  • Cyber Security Training or Certification (ie Securty+, Network+, SPLUNK, FireEye )
  • Knowledge of NIST SP 800 53 series or ISO 27000 series documents 
  • Windows 10 security best practices and configurations
  • Understanding of advanced threat detection in an enterprise environment
  • Understanding of malware families, their types, and the threat they pose
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows administrative & troubleshooting tools
  • Demonstrated experience performing cybersecurity analysis from an operations & engineering perspective
  • Experience with Splunk (preferred) or other SIEM platform

Clearance:

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance, specifically DoD/Top Secret Clearance (Interim Secret acceptable to start working on program).
  • US Citizenship is required.

Work Location:
  • Fairmont, WV
  • Silver Springs, MD
  • Boulder, CO
  • Remote eligible pending customer approval, however onsite is preferred.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $74,750.00 - $115,000.00 - $155,250.00

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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 43,000 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 www.Leidos.com.

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