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PKI Systems Engineer

Job ID: 212400
Location: SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States
Date Posted: Feb 24, 2021
Category: Cyber
Subcategory: Cyber Engineer
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: No
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Job Description


The Vanguard 2.2.1 contract currently has an opening for a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Systems Engineer to support the Department of State (DoS) Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) PKI program. This program provides transparent security services in support of the Department’s goals to secure communications among Department staff and systems. The position falls under the "SI Division support service line of the  contract.

This is a mid-level PKI engineering position, providing PKI engineering and integration support, administering, maintaining, and deploying various PKI systems based on Entrust solutions, onsite at the various DoS Datacenters and at certain selected DoS domestic and overseas locations.

The preferred candidate must possess strong skills in designing, installing, configuring, and maintaining PKI systems. Additionally the preferred candidate should have some experience in providing tier-3 level support in large enterprises.

Temporary telework due to Covid-19 may be approved once the candidate is onsite and acclimated with the environment.

Description of Duties:

  • Providing PKI engineering support in the operation of a number of PKI systems deployed at the Department of State.
  • Manage and maintain enclaved server hardware, storage, switches, server operating systems, and Hardware Security Modules (HSMs).
  • Directly working with customer to analyze requirements and then deploy security related solutions to meet those requirements.
  • Providing problem analysis following any service issues to prevent recurrence
  • Performing product evaluations and making product recommendations
  • Identifying security risks to systems and suggest mitigations
  • Developing test cases for software/hardware testing and developing test evaluation reports for stakeholders.
  • Developing and updating systems documentation (e.g., ConOps, Operating procedures, systems architecture documents)


Required Education, Experience, Skills, Attributes

  • Bachelors and five (5) years or more of relevant experience; Masters and three (3) years or more of relevant experience
  • Excellent MS-Windows Server administration & maintenance
  • Familiarity with PKIs and related technologies (LDAP directories, HSMs, OCSP) and security practices
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills

Required Clearance

  • Must hold Secret clearance with eligibility to obtain Top Secret clearance. 

Desired Experience, Skills, & Attributes

  • Working knowledge of Entrust suite of PKI products (Security Manager, Administration Services, and Security Manager Proxy) especially in a government setting.
  • Hands-on experience with Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)
  • Experience with directory products (LDAP), such as Critical Path or Active Directory
  • CISSP, Security+, or similar certification
  • Network device configuration – Cisco and Juniper firewalls and switches
  • Network infrastructure diagnostics (TCP/IP general networking knowledge, network monitoring tools)
  • Virtualization technologies (ESX/ESXi)
  • Working knowledge of External storage solutions
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate effectively, self-awareness, and excellent written and oral communications.


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