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Information Systems Security Officer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Do you love to work with a team working together to protect a substantial classified operation environment?  


If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our Force Projection Sector's (FPS) Classified IT and Facilities Group.  


We are seeking an Information System Security Officer (ISSO) to provide security management, oversight, and information assurance for the continued operation of the Force Projection Sector’s GENSER classified computing resources.


As an Information Systems Security Officer you will...

  • Collaborate with FPS System Administrators, other ISSOs, and project managers on the implementation and maintenance of NISPOM, RMF, STIG,and APL security measures and requirements. This collaboration includes oversight as well as cooperation to ensure that security measures do not interfere with program deadlines and deliverables. Implementation is defined as the entire life cycle of the Information System, from inception to disestablishment.
  • Monitor FPS communication channels (email, phone, in-person, etc.) for service and security requests and assign, route, or respond, depending on the nature of the request. Work with classified information system users to ensure that their required training/briefings are completed and any acknowledgment paperwork has been completed.
  • Perform and analyze weekly security audits and log reviews for reportable events of classified information system.
  • Collaborate with the Security Services Department and CISSO on the crafting of Sector and APL wide security policies with the goal of maintaining a proactive security posture while managing the functionality and cost of classified computing and remaining compliant with mandated policies and security requirements.
  • Provide ISSO backup assistance to other ISSOs and security personnel to ensure ongoing operational functionality and support.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Hold a BS in information technology field or combination of equivalent level of relevant experience and education in the information technology domain area.
  • Have familiarity with closed areas and classified systems security practices and procedures.
  • Are familiar with and have experience with RMF concepts.
  • Have strong interpersonal and oral/written communications skills.
  • Practice attention to details and strong organizational know-how.
  • Have a current DoD 8570 certification (Security+ or CISSP).
  • Hold an active Secret clearance and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Are willing and able to travel occasionally to field sites on board Navy or research vessels to install/uninstall field test computer equipment

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...


  • Hold a MS Degree in information technology field.
  • Have RMF and STIG implementation and maintenance experience.
  • Have experience with EMass
  • Can demonstrate ability to independently analyze and identify cost-effective solutions for addressing use of existing and future classified computing resources.
  • Hold a current active Top Secret clearance.


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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