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Cyber Systems Engineer – Top Secret (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10100515

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • LocationLocation: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Top Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions 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 Cyber Systems Engineering position is an early career position that requires demonstrated technical knowledge, certification, and other systems security engineering accomplishments that are needed to secure Space Systems.  Candidate must be able to work as an individual technical contributor on small teams to secure multiple space missions.  Space Systems are comprised of multiple segments and this position has responsibilities across Space Segments, Communications Segments, and Ground Segments.  This is a funded position for multiple National Security Space programs and requires personnel with fully vetted backgrounds.  This team-focused position is primarily engaged during the Operations & Sustainment mission phase; however, knowledge of the complete Systems Development LifeCycle (SDLC) is essential for mission success.   As a Cyber Systems Engineer, candidates must have demonstrated experience and accomplishments performing the ISSO role and capable of addition career growth in the following task areas:

  • Experience preparing Risk Management Framework (RMF) artifacts for National Security Systems (NSS) is a key job activity.  These artifacts include the following System Security Plan (SSP), Risk Assessment Report (RAR), Security Controls Traceability Matrix, and Plans of Actions & Milestones (POA&Ms).   Familiarity with the NIST 800-53 controls (as applied through CNSSI-1253) is essential to this task.
  • Working as an individual contributor representing the Cyber domain within an integrated product team (IPT) to architect, implement, and execute Risk Management Framework (RMF) CyberSecurity, CyberResilience, and/or CyberSurvivability requirements of: satellite systems, communications links, and ground command & control (C2) systems. 
  • In addition to maintaining the core RMF package, candidates must have experience executing and documenting Standard Operating Procedures associated with routine cybersecurity function that would normally be executed by someone in the ISSO role.
  • All candidates must be capable of supporting cybersecurity assessment events where they work closely with systems administrators and other cyber personnel (ISSOs, ISSEs, ISSMs, and SCA) to satisfactorily demonstrate that all applicable security controls are implemented within the system boundary.
  • As a cyber systems engineer, performing Attack Surface Analysis (ASA) and preparing Security Impact Analysis for changes to the system is required as an input to the Change Control process.
  • Contributing to the implementation and verification of specific security components by performing systems engineering, integration, and test (SEIT) activities for security-critical components, such as Cross Domain Solutions, cryptographic devices, and controlled interfaces.  Integrating legacy, stove-piped space mission ground systems and coordinating their migration to modern, enterprise-scalable, cloud-like ground environments.
  • Deploying security infrastructure and services for Mission Unique Software (MUS) in computing clouds and/or highly virtualized environments.  Preparing Certification To Field (CTF) assessment procedures.  Executing CTF test cases for observation by customer cybersecurity representatives.
  • Performing 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 (or contributing to) 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.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current Top Secret security clearance, active SCI, and DCID 6/4 eligibility.
  • Bachelors Degree & 2 years IA/cybersecurity experience, 4 years Cybersecurity experience in the industry may substitute for degree.
  • Current DoD 8570 IAT Level II certification (such as, Security+).
  • Experience operating systems/networks to use, or hands-on experience operating, DISA Host Based Security System (HBSS) or Endpoint Security Suite (ESS) solutions.
  • Experience 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.  
  • Experience 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 implementing the 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in STEM field:  Electrical, Systems, or Aerospace Engineering
  • 3 years of IA/cybersecurity experience within the Classified environments of the defense aerospace industry.
  • Current CISSP or equivalent IASAE certification.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders ranging from technical staffers up to senior program managers.

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Salary Range: $85,000 USD - $127,600 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.