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Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer – Moon Missions (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10070980

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer will work independently and potentially as a small team lead on Space Programs, with responsibilities across Space Segments, Communications Segments, and Ground Segments. Candidate must have the experience and maturity to work with minimal supervision.  Candidate must have sound engineering judgement and demonstrated leadership responsibilities for cybersecurity on similarly complex systems or entire segments.  This is a fully funded requisition for NASA-focused work supporting return-to-the-moon programs and initiatives:

  • Working as part of an integrated product team (IPT) to architect, implement, and satisfy Risk Management Framework (RMF) CyberSecurity, CyberResilience, and/or CyberSurvivability requirements of: satellite systems, communications links, and ground command & control (C2) systems.  The senior principal engineer engages with of engineering disciplines and leads small groups in designing security solutions.
  • Allocating System Security Engineering Requirements (an/or mapping to security controls), which includes working with lead systems engineers to decompose system-level security requirements across relevant Segments, Subsystems and down to specific components.  This allocation process includes requirements associated with secure program protection across Systems Security Engineering specialty areas, or the following disciplines:  Anti-Tamper, TEMPEST, Cybersecurity (RMF), Key Management, and cryptographic component integration/development.  The senior principal engineer ensures that Cyber requirements are included in the formal requirements tracking process and serves as a cyber lead for a segment or subsystem.
  • Performing Attack Surface Analysis (ASA) and preparing Systems Security Plans (SSP) documentation for complex space systems, including Risk Assessment Reports (RAR), Security Control Traceability Matrices (SCTM), and Security Assessment Plans, Procedures, and/or Assessment Reports.
  • Leads the deployment of COTS security products (firewalls, anti-virus, two-factor authentication, SIEM tools, etc) within terrestrial systems.
  • For space systems, supporting design and implementation of on-board network security requirements, to include custom hardware/software security solutions.
  • Preparing and Executing assessment procedures to verify conformance with Commercial, Federal Civilian agency, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, IA/Cyber security controls, and or survivability requirements, as required based on the specified customer/system requirements.
  • For Ground Segments, conducting secure system maintenance activities as a privileged user, specifically but not limited to performing, routine audit log reviews, scanning for vulnerabilities, scanning for configuration compliance to hardening standards, and patching COTS firmware and software.
  • Leading small teams to complete systems engineering, assembly, integration, and test activities for security-critical components, such as Cross Domain Solutions, cryptographic devices, and controlled interfaces.
  • Interfacing with customer representatives to accomplish Cyber Test & Evaluation of systems to meet critical program milestones.
  • Supporting secure software development including software risk assessments and analysis of results from automated software vulnerability analysis tools

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical, Aerospace, Computer Engineering or Computer Science
  • 9 years experience in IT Security Field.    Master of Science Degree in STEM field may substitute for 2 years of professional experience
  • Implementing the Risk Management Framework (RMF) NIST 800-53 controls in unclassified environments
  • Securing complex systems composed of COTS HW/SW
  • CISSP Certification
  • Must be US Citizen with the ability to obtain Top Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 Years experience with at least 4 years supporting NASA, NOAA, or Defense Aerospace Industry
  • Systems Engineering exposure and first-hand experience with SDLC for complex systems.  Demonstrated knowledge of Systems Engineering processes, applying security to embedded systems, engineering review milestones and SDLC
  • Security requirements analysis and decomposition
  • Small group leadership experience
  • Hardening systems composed of both COTS HW/SW and custom, embedded HW/SW
  • Exposure to national security requirements for classified systems
  • Held a Position of Public Trust or US DoD SECRET clearance


Salary Range: $125,800 USD - $188,600 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.