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Sr. Pr. Information Assurance Engineer- Top Secret Clearance Required (Satellite/Space Systems)

Requisition ID: R10054294

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available 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.

This Senior Principle Cyber Systems Engineering position requires demonstrated leadership and accomplishments that are needed to secure Space Systems.  Space Systems are comprised of multiple segments and this position has responsibilities across Space Segments, Communications Segments, and Ground Segments.  Candidate must have the experience and maturity to work as a lead for small teams and interface with customers and senior managers.  This is a funded requisition for multiple National Security Space programs and requires personnel with fully vetted backgrounds.  This leadership position is primarily focused on the Operations & Sustainment mission phase; however, knowledge of the complete Systems Development LifeCycle (SDLC) is essential for mission success.   As a Senior Principle Engineer, candidates must have demonstrated leadership experience and accomplishments in the following domains:

  • Working as technical lead representing the Cyber domain within 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. 
  • Leading System Security Engineering requirements management in support of program protection requirements, working with systems engineers to decompose system-level security requirements across the segments and down to specific components, across disciplines Anti-Tamper, TEMPEST, Cybersecurity (RMF), and cryptographic component integration/development.
  • Leading cyber engineers in performing Attack Surface Analysis (ASA) and preparing Systems Security Plans (SSPs) documentation for complex space systems, including Risk Assessment Reports (RAR), Security Control Traceability Matrices (SCTM), and security assessment procedures.
  • Leading cyber engineers in the Preparation and Execution of assessment procedures to verify conformance with Commercial, Federal Civilian agency, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, and/or Special Access Program, IA/Cyber security controls, and or survivability requirements, as required based on the specified customer/system requirements.
  • Leading cyber engineers in performing systems engineering, integration, and test (SEIT) activities for security-critical components, such as Cross Domain Solutions, cryptographic devices, and controlled interfaces.  Leading the integration of legacy, stove-piped ground systems and their migration to modern, enterprise-scalable, cloud-like ground environments.
  • Leading the security aspects for deploying Mission Unique Software (MUS) in computing clouds and/or high virtualized environments.  Preparing Certification To Field (CTF) assessment procedures.  Executing CTF test cases for observation by customer cybersecurity representatives.
  • Leading Cyber engineers in system vulnerability scanning, remediation and patch management activities on Windows and RedHat Linux operating systems and various COTS/GOTS applications, including those within virtualized and/or cloud environments. 
  • Documenting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and when needed, performing software patch installation, other flaw remediation, antivirus updates, and continuous monitoring (ConMon) activities.
  • Ensuring systems are operated, maintained, and disposed of in accordance with security policies and procedures as outlined in the system security authorization package.
  • Supports secure systems operations and maintenance.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current Top Secret security clearance, active SCI, and DCID 6/4 eligibility.
  • BS degree in STEM field, with Electrical Engineering or Software Engineering preferred.  (Four years Cybersecurity experience in the Space industry may substitute for degree.)
  • Minimum 9 years of IA/cybersecurity experience, preferably for USG customers.
  • Current DoD 8570 IASAE Level II certification (i.e., CASP CE, CISSP (or associate) or CSSLP).
  • Experience designing or operating systems/networks to use, or hands-on experience operating, DISA Host Based Security System (HBSS) or Endpoint Security Suite (ESS) solutions.
  • Experience designing or operating systems/networks to use, or hands-on experience with industry platform hardening practices, such as DISA Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) implementation, as well as documentation of deviations and mitigations.  Strong preference for candidates with experience hardening Docker containers.
  • Experience designing or operating systems/networks to use, or scanning, remediating, mitigating, and reporting cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered through use of audit reduction tools and/or the DISA Automated Security Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) tool or Tenable NESSUS.
  • Experience executing the NIST/DOD/IC RMF process from system categorization through continuous monitoring.
  • Excellent technical document preparation skills (SSP, SCTM, RAR, ASA, SOPs, POAMs) and related artifacts as required to satisfy security controls across all families.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders ranging from technical staffers up to senior program managers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS degree in Electrical, Systems, or Aerospace Engineering. 
  • 10 years of IA/cybersecurity experience within the defense aerospace industry.
  • Current CISSP-ISSEP, CISSP-ISSAP or equivalent level III certification.
  • PMP certification with Earned Value Management System training and experience as a Cost Account Manager (CAM).

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Salary Range: $114,300 USD - $171,500 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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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.