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Cyber Security Engineer

ALEX – Alternative Experts, LLC (ALEX) was founded in 2007, and headquartered in Dumfries, Virginia.  ALEX is a woman-owned, award-winning and trusted solutions provider and partner. We provide scientific, technical and professional services, specializing in rapidly staffing and managing mission critical programs for both government and commercial organizations. We are the perfect fit for the future.

Position title – Cyber Security Engineer

Position location - Lorton, VA

ALEX is currently providing Information security, enterprise architecture, software development and health IT solutions to federal government customers. We are seeking an Information System Security Officer (ISSO).

Information System Security Officer Duties/Responsibilities/Tasks:

  • Provide support to HPCMP's Defense Research Engineering Network (DREN) Infrastructure Information System Security Manager (ISSM) in meeting their duties and responsibilities.
  • Implement and enforce all DoD Information System (IS) and Platform Information Technology (PIT) system cybersecurity policies and procedures, as defined by cybersecurity-related documentation to include the Risk Management Framework (RMF).
  • Ensure that all users have the requisite security clearances and access authorization, and are aware of their cybersecurity responsibilities for DoD IS and PIT systems under their purview before being granted access to those systems.
  • Coordinate with the DREN ISSM, initiate protective or corrective measures when a cybersecurity incident or vulnerability is discovered and ensure process is in place for authorized users to report all cybersecurity-related events and potential threats and vulnerabilities to the ISSO.
  • Ensure that all DoD IS cybersecurity-related documentation is current and accessible to properly authorized individuals.
  • Support and administer data retention and recovery within the computing environment (CE).
  • Participate in the development or modification of the CE Cybersecurity (CS) program plans and requirements IAW with RMF and IAVA Management to include DISA STIGs.
  • Develop procedures to ensure system users are aware of their CS responsibilities before granting access to DoD information Systems. Process and review DD-2875s.
  • Ensure that CS requirements are integrated into the DREN Continuity of Operations Plan.
  • Ensure that CS security requirements are appropriately identified in CE operation procedures.
  • Develop security requirements and maintain lists of hardware, software, and services acquisitions specific to the DREN CS program.
  • Ensure that IA and IA enabled software, hardware, and firmware comply with appropriate security configuration guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Create and review site security plans (SSP).
  • Prepare for Assess and Authorize (A&A) and Cybersecurity Assessment (CSA) inspections and ensure that CS inspections, tests, and reviews are coordinated.
  • Prepare and maintain artifacts for the Assess and Authorize (A&A), Authority to Connect (ATC), Assess Only (AO) and Cybersecurity Assessment (CSA) inspections and ensure that CS inspections, tests, and reviews are implemented.
  • Evaluate the presence and adequacy of security measures proposed or provided in response to requirements contained in HPCMP program documents.
  • Advise the Authorizing Official/Authorizing Official Designated Representative of any changes affecting the enclave's CS risk level and security posture.
  • Ensure IAT Levels I - III, IAM Levels I and II, and anyone with privileged access performing IA functions receive the necessary initial and sustaining IA training and certification(s) to carry out their IA duties. Ensure that the Program's supported users receive initial and annual IA Awareness training by verifying completion in ATCTS.
  • Prepare/oversee the preparation of CS assess and authorization or assess only documentation.
  • Ensure information ownership responsibilities are established for each DoD IS and implement a role based access control schema.
  • Maintain POA&M vulnerabilities and evaluate cost benefit, economic and risk analyses.
  • Document recommendations for the AODR/AO that identify the impact on levels of risk and/or overall effectiveness of the enclave's CS program.
  • Analyze identified security strategies and recommend the best approach for the enclave.
  • Evaluate and approve development efforts to ensure that baseline security safeguards are appropriately installed.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the enclaves' CS security procedures and safeguards to ensure they provide the intended level of protection.
  • Ensure that implementation and verification of compliance with HPCMP's policies for reporting of security violations and incidents to the HPCMP's Cybersecurity Service Provider (CSSP).
  • Evaluate and approve development efforts consistent with the Interim Authority to Test (IATT) process to ensure that baseline security safeguards are appropriately installed and mitigated.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or similar field from accredited university. (Applicable cybersecurity experience -- minimum of five years - may be substituted for a degree)
  • At least 5 years of experience supporting Cybersecurity implementation in a DoD network environment as an ISSO, Network Engineer/Specialist, or Systems Administrator.
  • DoD 8570 IA Baseline Certification compliance: IAM Level II or IAM Level III (e.g. CISM, CISSP)
  • Minimum DoD Secret Clearance; (SSBI/T5 Investigation completed Preferred for privileged access).
  • Exceptional communication skills, oral and written.
  • Experience and proficiency with eMass and RMF.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio).
  • Working knowledge and understanding of Networks and network terminology. Networking certificate highly desired.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow employees to meet the essential functions of the job, unless those accommodations cause undue hardships on the employer. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at [email protected]

·         Woman-Owned Small Business

·         VEVRAA Federal Contractor

·         Affirmative Action Employer

·         Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are highly encouraged to apply

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