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Systems Security Engineer Senior

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Job ID: 2214374
Location: BELTSVILLE, MD, United States
Date Posted: Jan 4, 2023
Category: Cyber
Subcategory: Cybersecurity Ops
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Top Secret
Potential for Remote Work: Temporarily Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a highly motivated Senior Systems Security Engineer. The successful candidate will provide support to the Cybersecurity Integrity Center (CIC) in the Department of State Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM). Duties are in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area (30% in downtown D.C; 70% in Beltsville, MD. The CIC supports cybersecurity monitoring, threat analysis, incident response, and infrastructure remediation within and across all of the State Department’s information technology (IT) infrastructure. The CIC coordinates and collaborates with other State Department bureaus as well as other organizations within the Federal Government, and commercial partners.

This role may offer a temporary hybrid remote schedule due to Covid-19, but could be asked to return full time to the office at the request of the customer.

Description of Duties
The Senior Systems Security Engineer provides technical leadership, guidance and management oversight for the CIC, especially in the area of Microsoft products and security systems, but also including other enterprise server & desktop operating systems enterprise applications, and in support of over 80,000 customers globally. The Senior Systems Security Engineer/Subject Matter Expert (SME) will:

  • Apply sound technical and management principles to identify and remediate cybersecurity --vulnerabilities across the State Department global IT enterprise infrastructure
  • Apply organizational and process change principals
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to security and operational personnel
  • Evaluate system performance results, lead teams in response to incidents/problems, perform risk assessments, and evaluate performance metrics

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, Identify and resolve security vulnerabilities related to deployment and testing processes
  • Streamline and optimize processes and procedures in order to rapidly remediate vulnerabilities from cybersecurity threats
  • Identify and remediate cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • Provide detailed assessments of potential risks to Microsoft-based systems, including both operating systems and applications, in accordance with NIST SP 800-30 Revision 1
  • Collaborate with Department and external cyber stakeholders on cybersecurity technology implementations to meet specific operational needs.
  • Perform technical evaluations of recommended vulnerability mitigation actions and make recommendations based on impact and/or other countermeasures.
  • Develop strategies for CIC cyber defense technologies, ensuring integration and alignment for continued operation.
  • Perform operation and maintenance activities in support of existing CIC cyber tools and technologies (MSV, Qualys, Tenable Nessus and others).
  • Identify, diagnose and prioritize anomalies in cyber defense infrastructure and resources.
  • Document, request and maintain ports, protocols and services for CIC infrastructure
  • Perform cybersecurity testing of developed applications and/or systems.  Identify and direct the remediation of technical problems encountered during testing and implementation of new systems.
  • Develop reports and dashboards and make tuning request to SIEM system owner(s) in support of enhancing CIC cyber monitoring.
  • Perform security reviews and identify security gaps in architecture.  Make recommendations based on trend analysis to enhance CIC monitoring and hygiene activities.
  • Properly document all systems security implementation, operations, and maintenance activities and update as necessary.


Required Experience and Education

  • Bachelors and ten (10) years or more experience; Masters and eight (8) years or more experience; may accept additional experience in lieu of degree
  • Experience with Microsoft Operating Systems (OS) engineering and support experience focusing on Active Directory (AD), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
  • In-depth experience in planning, implementing, and managing large/global enterprise infrastructures
  • Familiarity of various analytical tools (Splunk, USBDeview, Netwitness, MimiKatz)
  • Understanding of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools (Splunk, McAfee)
  • Familiarity with OMB, NIST, DHS, and related security guidelines and directives
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate effectively, and excellent written and oral communications

Desired Education, Skills, & Experience

  • Bachelor degree in a computer science/computer engineering related discipline or equivalent years of experience and expertise
  • 10+ years Microsoft Operating Systems (OS) engineering and support experience focusing on Active Directory (AD), System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
  • Network security architecture concepts including topology, protocols, components, and principles (e.g., application of defense-in-depth).
  • Server/endpoint OS (Microsoft, Linux, IOS) along with mobile and cloud technologies.
  • Cloud application security, Vulnerability Management and Security Information, and Event Management capabilities.
  • Knowledge of identity and access management solutions (MFA, PKI, SAML, etc..)
  • Countermeasures / mitigations to identified cybersecurity risks.
  • Information protection technologies (e.g., firewalls, antivirus, threat protection, servers, routers, and others as appropriate).
  • Network systems management principles, models, methods (e.g., end-to-end systems performance monitoring), and tools.
  • Cyber defense technologies, including but not limited to: Vulnerability Scanning & Management, Endpoint detection and response, threat protection, and network defenses

Required Clearance

  • US Citizenship
  • Active secret clearance with the ability to obtain a top secret clearance.
  • Active TS clearance is preferred.

Desired Certifications

  • Microsoft Certifications (MCSE, MCSA, MCSD);
  • IAT/IAM/IASAE level III equivalent.
  • ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • GIAC Security Expert (GSE)
  • SCP Security Certified Network Architect (SCNA)
  • ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associated (CCNA)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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