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Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10065458

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Melbourne, FL, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% 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.

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is currently seeking a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer for a new and exciting effort located in Melbourne FL. We're looking for a highly motivated, team oriented, individual that understands security and the importance to our mission. The candidate will act as a Cyber Subject Matter Expert (SME) and ensure compliance with the Risk Management Framework. The candidate will also performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems.



  • Design, plan, implement, and perform assessment of security controls, polices, and processes compliance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-53, CNSSI 1253, and DoD RMF Knowledge Service guidance

  • Participate in assessment of systems security controls to validate control implementation and identify weaknesses

  • Document the results of Certification and Accreditation activities, technical or coordination activity, prepare the system Security Plans, and update the POA&M.

  • Periodically conduct a complete review of each system's audits and monitor corrective actions until all actions are closed- Implementation, automation, configuration and maintenance of security tools, centralized authentication solutions, IDS/IPS, and compliance baselines

  • Participate in team reviews of technical requirements, design and implementation plans prior to deployment

  • Recommend and implement system enhancements that will improve the performance, reliability, and security of the system including installing, upgrading, monitoring, problem resolution, and configuration

  • Serve as a Cyber Security engineer (ISSE) supporting high-level technical and practical expertise

  • Assures the implementation of Cyber Security disciplines, including COMSEC, COMPUSEC, EMSEC, OPSEC, digital communications systems, network protocols and architectures, and penetration tools and techniques

  • Support the continuous assessment of IA Control compliance for systems within their responsibility

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) and 9 years of applied experience. Will consider 5 years of applied experience with a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM related field; 3 years with Masters

  • Must have an active Secret Clearance, with a PR within last 5 years

  • Must be able to obtain Special Program Access prior to onboarding and then maintain

  • Must have at minimum a current DoD 8570 IAM Level I Certification (Security+CE)

  • Experience in preparing and/or reviewing technical and programmatic documentation

  • Experience translating technical concepts and program information to others

  • Solid understanding of planning, design, and implementation necessary to support a large enterprise system

  • Experience with SDLC and DOORs application

  • Working knowledge of NIST 800-53 RMF required documentation, like SSP, SCTM, SAR, RAR

  • Experience with Security Incident Event Monitoring and IDS/IPS tools like ACAS, ESS (HBSS)

  • Experience with vulnerability and compliance scanners like NESSUS and SCAP

Preferred Qualifications:

  • DoD 8570 IAM II/III Certification (CAP, GLSC, CISSP, CASP CE)

  • DoD 8500-series and 8510.01 IA policy directives, approaches to cyber security, knowledge of security procedures, IATO and ATO requirements

  • Excellent communication (written and oral), negotiation and interpersonal skills necessary to support known ISSE activities/challenges working with engineering teams, management, customers, partners and government

  • Experience with Microsoft Hyper V, Cisco Firepower and other next generation switches and firewalls

  • Experience with cloud solutions like Azure and AWS

  • Experience with training systems

Salary Range: $96,400 USD - $144,600 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.