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Principal Cyber Systems Engineer 3/4

Requisition ID: R10044259

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: Schriever AFB, Colorado, United States of America
  • 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.

The Specialized Warfighter Development Contract (SWDC) Shared Services Platform (SSP) at Northrop Grumman Space Systems is looking for you to join our team as the Process Engineer, a Principal Engineer Systems position out of Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO.  

Position Summary 

The SWDC contract is seeking a Cybersecurity Engineer to serve as an Information System Security Officer (ISSO). This position implements the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Department of Defense (DoD) Risk Management Framework (RMF) process in all its phases and manages computer network defense (CND) in accordance with DoD regulations.  Responsibilities include obtaining and maintaining system Authority to Operate (ATO) and Authority to Connect (ATC) packages; developing and maintaining CND policies and procedures; identifying, documenting, reporting and correcting system vulnerabilities; and managing cyber incident response.

Responsibilities include:

  • Good understanding of IT networks and systems and the cyber controls necessary to secure them.
  • Ability to evaluate system and network configurations for compliance with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Secure Technical Implementation Guides (STIG), NIST 800-53 Security Controls and ISO/IEC 15408 Common Criteria to formulate and implement effective high quality RMF accreditation packages.
  • Experience conducting CND operations in a DoD environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks and enjoy working in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong writing skills to produce the coherent and concise documentation required for certification evaluation
  • Ability to create and work within schedules and timelines. 
  • Review software requests (code libraries, 3rd Party or overall new software) for Release Trains regarding approval to incorporate into dev environments or delivered code.
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF) Control plan standardization and improvements across all MSS products.
  • Software Assurance (SwA) support to current SwA lead and assisting with ensuring planned and systematic processes conform to cyber requirements, standards and procedures.
  • Cyber support to other SWDC Task Orders may occur.


  • Level 3: Minimum of 5 Years of experience with a BS Degree or 3 experience Years with a Master’s degree in STEM or related fields.
  • Level 4: Minimum of 9 Years of experience with a BS Degree or 7 experience Years with a Master’s degree in STEM or related fields.
  • Must possess a DoD 8570 IA Workforce Improvement Program IAM Level II Approved Baseline Certification or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of NIST/DoD RMF controls and processes.
  • Working knowledge verifying system compliance with DISA STIGs.
  • Understanding of boundary protection devices, including Firewalls and IPS devices and their relationship to network topologies.
  • Active DoD Secret Clearance

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Active DoD 8570 IA Workforce Improvement Program CNDSP Approved Baseline Certification.
  • Current certification in one or more of the following: CISSP, CSSLP, GCIA, CEH, GCIH, SCYBER, SSCP, CSIH, GCFA,
  • Experience in the configuration and/or operation of ACAS or HBSS/ESS
  • Active Secret Clearance

Salary Range: $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

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.