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Cyber Systems Engineer/Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10056882

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • 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: 2

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.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is looking for you to join our team as a Cyber Systems Engineer/Principle Cyber Systems Engineer based out of Colorado Springs, CO. This position will serve on the Sustainment and Modernization of Radar Sensors (SMORS) program, focused on the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP) and specifically Agile development activities.

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • Provide cybersecurity support to the BPP Agile analysis and development teams.
  • Perform assessment of systems and networks within the networking environment to 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. and active evaluations such as vulnerability assessments utilizing tools such as ACAS.
  • Build security architectures; integrate new architectural features into existing infrastructures; design cybersecurity architectural artifacts; provide architectural analysis of cybersecurity features and relate existing system to future needs and trends; provide engineering recommendations, and resolve integration and testing issues.
  • Perform assessments of RMF artifacts and identify where those artifacts deviate from RMF control requirements.
  • Assess and mitigate system security threats/risks throughout the program life cycle.
  • Perform analyses to validate established cybersecurity controls and requirements and recommend appropriate cybersecurity safeguards.
  • Establish strict program control processes to ensure mitigation of risks and support 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.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communications skills, as well as strong problem solving and analytical skills. They will have the ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, team oriented environment and be a self-starter, efficient in achieving goals and proactive in pursuing subsequent tasks. Some travel may be required. This position will be located in Colorado Springs, CO.

This position may be filled at either a Cyber Systems Engineer or a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer level.

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

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • Cyber Systems Engineer: Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of applicable experience; or 0 years of applicable experience with a Master’s degree. 6 years of relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Principal Cyber Systems Engineer: Bachelor's degree with 5 years of applicable experience; or 3 years of applicable experience with a Master's degree. 9 years of relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Interim DoD Secret clearance
  • CompTIA Security+ or similar for IAT Level II DoD 8570 certification
  • Security engineering skills with a working knowledge of cybersecurity technology and DoD/Federal cybersecurity policy (i.e., DoDI 8500.01, NIST SP 800-53, etc.).
  • Familiarity in the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Cybersecurity Lifecycle to include: identifying controls and overlays, generating testable requirements, identifying resilient architecture design, configuring, running, and scripting audit tools, providing analysis of vulnerability analyses, conducting verification testing for compliance assessment.
  • Familiarity or experience with Agile software development methodologies (i.e., Scrum, Kanban, SAFe)
  • Linux/IT experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active DoD Secret clearance
  • Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) Experience (Nessus / Tenable Security Center)
  • STIG/SCAP compliance scanning and implementation
  • Understanding of networking, subnetting, firewalls, NAT, ACL's, etc
  • DISA Endpoint Security Solutions (ESS) (ePolicy Orchestrator 5.3, McAfee Antivirus, HIPS, Policy Auditor, RSD)
  • LogRhythm or Equivalent SIEM / Log Aggregation experience
  • Familiarity with Virtualized environments (e.g., Red Hat Virtualization (RHV), VMWare, etc.)
  • Familiarity with the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry (PAVE) Phased Array Warning System (PAWS) (BPP) or other ground-based radars such as the  Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS)


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.