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Senior Principal Cyber Engineer/Architect

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Job ID: 202712
Location: EL SEGUNDO, CA, United States
Date Posted: Apr 7, 2020
Category: Cyber
Subcategory: Cyber Eng/Archt
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI
Potential for Remote Work: No

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Job Description


Make a difference for national security by joining a team of dedicated professionals in El Segundo, CA who assist the US Space Force in developing and deploying the next generation of satellites and ground systems for missile warning (MW) and environmental monitoring (EM) capabilities.  These systems alert senior military officials when missile launches occur around the globe, as well as enable global naval vessel and troop movements by providing mission-critical weather data to ensure safe passage.  Our Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) team has an immediate need for a Cyber Engineer/Architect with experience analyzing space and ground system architectures. We are looking for innovative, creative, and highly motivated individuals to support the strategic planning and tactical execution of cybersecurity integration, Risk Management Framework (RMF), and Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) activities. Candidate will provide system security engineering (SSE) and integration expertise in support of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) MW and EM mission areas.  Candidate will support requirements development, system verification, and concepts of operations (CONOPS) development for all MW and EM systems.  Major duties of the position include:

  • Ensuring the cybersecurity architecture and design of the customer’s systems are functional and secure with the ability to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover from cyber-attack.

  • Applies a combination of expert engineering knowledge of security solutions to design, develop and/or implement solutions to ensure they are consistent with enterprise architecture security policies and support full spectrum military cyberspace operations. 

  • Overseeing system and network designs that encompass multiple computer and network devices to include those with differing data protections/classification requirements.

  • Providing SSE, integration services, technical assessments, and solutions to enable cybersecurity and DCO.

  • Defining system security requirements, assessing system security architecture designs, and supporting the development and sustainment of an enterprise RMF accreditation package from concept development and contract pre-acquisition through contractor design and accreditation.

  • Supporting cybersecurity activities for space, ground, operations, logistics, and sustainment elements of the MW and SBEM enterprise by identifying risks, issues, and interdependencies between system elements, contracts and stakeholders.

  • Developing and briefing data packages that provide analysis results to inform the government decision-makers.

  • Collaborating with prime contractors, other team contractors, government civilians, and members of the U.S. Space Force.



  • Master’s Degree in Business, Math, Science or Engineering with 15+ years of demonstrated cybersecurity experience with space, ground, operations and sustainment segments of DoD, NSA, or NRO programs with a proven delivery record or 17+ years of relevant experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Relevant cybersecurity experience to be evaluated and considered for acceptability in lieu of technical Bachelor’s degree.

  • Cyber Workforce Management Program (DoDD 8140.01 & DoD 8570.01-m) Information Assurance Management (IAM) Level III and/or Information Assurance System Architect and Engineer (IASAE) Level II certified.

  • Experience in defining, developing, implementing and sustaining system accreditations for the US Space Force, Air Force and Department of Defense systems and networks.

  • Solid understanding and technical knowledge of common cybersecurity engineering, architecture and design and principles. 

  • Experience working across space and ground segment organizations to coordinate and identify system requirements that ensure end-to-end mission performance requirements are met.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to enable working, interfacing, and interrelating with diverse personnel and dynamic teams.  

  • Experienced at self-starting, seeking solutions, and works well in a team environment 

  • Demonstrated experience working with Space Force/Air Force/DoD customers in an acquisition environment, with space and/or ground systems.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as organizational and interpersonal skills

Active TS/SCI Clearance required

Desired Skills:

  • MW and SBEM Mission experience is highly desirable.
  • Strong familiarity with DoDI 8510.01: Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-53

  • Familiarly Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) and system configuration validation and verification against documented security requirements.  

  • Familiarity with cloud-based systems, operating systems, databases, networking, firewalls, Network Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS) and host-based IDS and IPS.

Desired Qualifications



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