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Principal/Sr Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Requisition ID: R10110376

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • Location Location: Colorado Springs, CO, USA   |  Schriever AFB, CO, USA +1 more
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: Any (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available

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.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you’ll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space systems connect and protect millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today. 

At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. 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 continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

The Engineering organization 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 (NGSP) is looking for you to join our team as a Principal/Sr Principal Cyber Systems Engineer – Tools based out of Colorado Springs, CO.

What You’ll get to Do:

  • The selected candidate will develop and test patches to fix Software, Hardware and Firmware vulnerabilities.
  • Candidate will concentrate on vulnerability management including analysis and remediation of IAVMs, Cyber Tasking Orders (CTOs), Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs), Vendor Patches and STIG configurations.
  • Specific tasks may include, but are not limited to:
    • Installation and configuration of Linux and Windows from the OS up to the application level.
    • Documentation and verification of all installation and configuration steps for the labs
    • Develop test plans/procedures for software integration and unit test.
    • Work with software developers and/or vendors as needed to help diagnose and identify the root cause of problems found during system integration.
    • Submit problem reports for errors found per Agile processes and coordinate daily integration activities with other Cross Functional Product Teams (CFPTs).
    • This position is also responsible for the development and implementation of Cyber TPs in the NT labs.
    • Installing and unit testing Cyber Products (e.g., ESS, ACAS, BigFix, Endgame, KMS, etc.).
    • Providing redlines to engineers and feedback to Cyber Leadership will be required as part of this position responsibilities.
    • Documenting lessons learned, best security engineering practices, and industry standards will be required in daily tasks as well.

Basic Qualifications:

If applicable, please note your updated security clearance and IAT/relevant certifications on your resume.

  • Principal Cyber Systems Engineer: 5 Years with Bachelor’s degree in a related field; 9 years’ experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer: 9 Years with Bachelors in Science; 7 Years with Masters; 4 Years with PhD.
  • An active Secret clearance is required.
  • Must possess a DoD 8570 certification at IAT Level II or higher (Security+, GSEC, SCNP, SSCP, CISSP, CISA, GSE, SCNA)
  • Working knowledge of Cybersecurity technologies, NIST standards, and RMF governance
  • Demonstrated hands on experience with multiple industry standard Cybersecurity tools such as Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), NESSUS, Endpoint Security Solutions (ESS), End-point-security (ENS), Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS), and ArcSight
  • Experience applying Cybersecurity configurations such as Firmware updates/upgrades and STIGs to a baselined system
  • Hands on experience with Python and/or Powershell scripting
  • Some experience with general Cybersecurity activities such as secure configuration/hardening of DoD Information Systems, system audit configuration, capture, analysis, and risk reduction
  • Working knowledge of Risk Management Framework (RMF) implementation across multiple phases of a Medium to large program
  • Technical trouble shooting of software applications and integrating COTS products, data analytics of system vulnerabilities and mission impacts, and risk mitigation resulting in system accreditation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • General user experience configuring and administering Linux applications
  • Familiarity with scripting Windows Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Experience scripting, installing, and testing patches on system hosts
  • Proven experience executing Security Hardening on diverse LINUX and Windows Operating Systems based on approved DISA STIGs and SRGs
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and implementing NIST SP 800-53 Security Controls on wide range of Information Systems including Enterprise Datacenters, Mobile units and Virtualized environments

What We Can Offer You:

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your benefits will include the following:

  • Health Plan
  • Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Education Assistance
  • Training and Development
  • Flexible Work Arrangements





Additional Northrop Grumman Information:


This position reports to Colorado Springs, CO, USA, however, this position can also be worked from Schriever AFB, CO, CO, USA.

Salary Range: $104,700 USD - $157,100 USD
Salary Range 2: $129,800 USD - $194,800 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.