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Information Systems Security Officer
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
Date Posted 07/05/2022
Admin-Computing-Support and Training
Employment Type FULL TIME
Application Deadline 05/26/2023

Are you interested in challenging and impactful work in Information Assurance and Security of Classified Networks?


If so, we 're looking for someone like you to join our Information Assurance team at APL.


For the second consecutive year, APL is ranked as one of Computerworld 's Top Places to Work in IT. We are seeking a dedicated Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) to ensure APL 's information technology infrastructure exceeds cybersecurity requirements. As a team member, you will contribute to IS security oversight and management of our classified networks in support of Government Sponsor Programs. You will join a team of committed information assurance professionals, network, and system engineers.


As an ISSO ....

  • Your primary area of responsibility will be the implementation, enforcement, and administration of security policies and processes required to maintain security compliance for DoD networks.
  • Management and execution of security requirements as defined by the DCSA Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM), National Industrial Security Program Operations Manual (NISPOM), and related Government directives.
  • Maintain accreditation package documentation to include Implementation Plans, Security Controls, SSP, SOP's, POA&M, and related documentation. As required, initiate and assemble new IS accreditation packages.
  • Conduct security vulnerability assessments of systems and networked devices to facilitate risk-based decision making.
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF) continuous monitoring activities - responsible for conducting weekly system security audits, hardware and software configuration management, account management, removable media auditing, and associated reporting.
  • Interact with a variety of automated security tools in support of system auditing and network scanning to maintain compliance and identification of vulnerabilities. Generate reports and collaborate with system engineering teams to resolve.
  • Verbal and written communications with APL security experts, Program Management, user community, and management on a wide variety of security related topics.
  • Maintain IS plan security posture and readiness for internal and Government-led inspections.



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

  • Possess a BS degree in Cyber Security, Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field of study or equivalent experience.
  • Current DoD 8570 IAT Level II Certification (e.g. Security + CE) or greater
  • Have 2+ years as an ISSO/ISSM/AISSM 
  • Have 3+ years of OS Experience - Windows and/or Linux
  • Experience with DoD Risk Management Framework (RMF), NISPOM, and NIST
  • Understanding of computer operating systems, hardware, and software
  • Experience with security related tools used for audit log reviews, vulnerability compliance/scanning, data loss protection, and anti-virus protection
  • Upon hire, completion of DCSA STEPP RMF certification, and related CDSE training.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of security awareness among IT users
  • Willing to work in closed areas.
  • Work as a team member or independently.
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities to meet customer requirements, use excellent judgment.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Top Secret clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.


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

  • MS degree Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Have 5+ years as an ISSO, ISSM, AISSM
  • Have 5+ years of OS Experience - Windows and/or Linux
  • Have experience with VMware and Virtual Environments
  • Experience with programming and or scripting



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 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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