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Job #: R-00085254
Location: Bethesda, MD
Category: Systems Integration
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Calling all experienced security experts who want to work in the area of cancer research: consider joining Leidos!

Position is contingent upon contract award and will be required to be local to the area for partial onsite work in the Bethesda/Rockville area.

We are looking for a security operational leader to oversees all operational aspects of cybersecurity ensuring security for all systems (internal and external) operated by the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) in support of the NCI’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Support Program (NECSP).  

This project provides enterprise IT cybersecurity support services on behalf of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT). Task areas include, but are not limited to: contract management, program management support, cybersecurity governance, risk and compliance management, security policy and procedure support, cybersecurity operations support, incident and vulnerability management, and outreach and awareness support.

In the Security Operations Functional Area Lead role, you will:

  • Oversee day-to-day execution of NCI's SA&A task area, leading a team of experienced FISMA and NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) security consultants and assessors.
  • Oversee all aspects of the Operational Security task area, leading a team on large and small projects or a significant segment of large and complex projects.
  • Analyze new and complex project-related problems and creates innovative solutions that normally involve the schedule, technology, methodology, tools, resource management, solution components, and financial management of the projects.
  • Gather and provide requirements analysis and ensures functional testing.
  • Monitor the performance of each task or group of tasks and manages all problems and accomplishments.
  • Serve as technical authority for specific tasks and participates in solutions of systems problems with new technology.
  • Provides on-site and technical direction, as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with 13 years experience and 8+ years of experience leading and delivering security operations programs for large sized federal agencies and programs.
  • Commensurate experience in the management of large, complex operational security projects
  • Possess and maintain an ITIL Foundations Certification.
  • Shall have one or more of the following industry-recognized certifications:
    • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
    • GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED)
    • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
    • Certified Network Defender (CND)
    • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  • 3+ years of experience managing complex federal vulnerability management programs.
  • 3+ years of incident management experience.
  • Proven ability to consistently understand, evaluate and assess risks associated with web applications, operating systems, and complex networking architectures.
  • Demonstrated expertise in analyzing and providing clear and concise risk reports, dashboards, and other visualizations to federal risk executives, system operators, and system stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of and experience overseeing the evaluation and testing of CIS benchmarks for incorporation into organizational baselines and images for operating systems, COTS and Open-Source software products.
  • Knowledge of and experience overseeing the administration of desktop and infrastructure security tools including but not limited to: Anti-malware/Anti-virus software, Data Loss Prevention software, endpoint detection and response (EDR), vulnerability assessment tools, asset discovery and management software, Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB).
  • Knowledge of and experience supporting enterprise-wide penetration testing remediation to comply with agency remediation standards in a federated model like NIH's.
  • Knowledge of an experience using industry leading cyber security tools including Tenable Nessus, FireEyeHX, Cylance Protect with Optics, and Splunk.
  • Knowledge of and experience managing leading software assurance activities including but not limited to using automated vulnerability scanning tools (e.g., AppScan, NetSparker, and API/micro-service security scanning tools) to ensure agency/customer software products are free of known defects before deployment and post-deployment (i.e., reducing time for ATO from months to weeks)


  • NCI experience a plus.

Position requires US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency Status and the ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance.


Pay Range:

Pay Range $113,100.00 - $174,000.00 - $234,900.00

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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 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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