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Cyber Systems Engineer/Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10076062

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Not Applicable (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.

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 Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

As a Cyber Systems Engineer/ Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer , you will be developing and sustaining systems using current technologies and others yet to come. We are seeking team members who have a thirst for knowledge, approach each day with optimism, and have a relentless drive to solve complex problems. Creativity and innovation are imperative for this role, because at Northrop Grumman, many of the problems we work on are impossible… until they’re not

Northrop Grumman's Space Systems Sector is seeking applicants for a position on the Sustainment and Modernization of Radar Sensors (SMORS) program as a Cyber Systems Engineer/ Principal Cybersecurity Systems Engineer . This position will be located in Colorado Springs, CO, and some travel may be required.

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • Lead the program’s Assessment and Authorization (A&A) activities on authorization package preparation and maintenance.
  • Work with the program’s System Program Office (SPO) contractor and government personnel on updating systems eMASS records.
  • Update RMF authorization packages in eMASS with implementation details for system/site specific security controls.
  • Coordinate, collect, prepare, and maintain RMF body of evidence documentation relevant to operational processes, procedures and site specific information.
  • Conduct annual security controls assessment to support continuous monitoring.
  • Provide input to Security Assessment Reports (SAR) and Risk Assessment Reports (RAR).
  • Prepare, update, and import (into eMASS) artifacts such as Test Results (TR), Authorization Boundary Diagrams (ABD), Network Topologies, Flow-diagrams, Hardware and Software listings, Ports, Protocols, and Services Management documentation, supporting Assessment and Authorization activities and maintain the Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M).
  • Perform assessments of non-technical RMF artifacts and identify where those artifacts deviate RMF control requirements
  • Perform assessment of systems and networks within the networking environment and identify where those systems and networks deviate from acceptable configurations, enclave policy, or local policy. This is achieved through passive evaluations such as compliance audits using STIG Viewer, SCAP, etc
  • Periodically conduct a complete review of each program support and operational system's audits and monitor corrective actions until all actions are closed.
  • Assist in the implementation of the required government policy (i.e., NISPOM, NIST, DoD), making recommendations on process tailoring, participating in and documenting process activities
  • Establish strict program control processes to ensure mitigation of risks and supports obtaining assessment and authorization of systems. Includes support of process, analysis, coordination, control certification test, compliance documentation, as well as investigations, software research, hardware introduction and release, emerging technology research, inspections, and periodic audits.
  • Perform analyses to validate established cybersecurity controls and requirements and to recommend cybersecurity safeguards
  • Coordinate across the program to address identified deficiencies during RMF assessment activities

Salary Range for Cyber Systems Engineer: $82,400.00-$123,600.00

Salary Range for Principal Cyber Systems Engineer: $101,400.00-$152,200.00

Basic Qualifications:

  • For a Cyber Systems Engineer: 2 years applicable experience with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college; 0 years with a Master's degree. Six years of experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • For a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer: 5 years of applicable experience with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college; 3 years experience with a Master’s degree; or 0 years with a PhD. 9 years of experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Active DoD Secret clearance required to start
  • DoD 8570.01M IAT II certification (Security+ CE, CCNA Security, GSEC, SSCP, etc.)
  • Security engineering skills with a solid background DoD/Federal cybersecurity policy (i.e., DoDI 8500.01, NIST SP 800-53, etc.).
  • Thorough understanding and utilization of Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS).
  • Solid understanding of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Cybersecurity Lifecycle to include: identifying controls and overlays, generating testable requirements, providing analysis of vulnerability analyses, conducting verification testing for compliance assessment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions (e.g.LogRhythm).
  • Experience with Host Based Security System (HBSS).
  • Experience with the Xylok RMF Compliance Auditing application
  • Experience with Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS)


Salary Range: $82,400 USD - $123,600 USD
Salary Range 2: $101,400 USD - $152,200 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 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

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 http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. 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.