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Cyber/System Security Engineer - Sr. Principal Systems Eng

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of 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.
The Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Specialty Systems Engineering Department is seeking an exceptionally qualified and proven cyber/system security systems engineer to join our System Security Engineering team. The candidate must be capable of leading technical efforts in support of program cyber and system security execution across various IPTs.
Role and Responsibilities:
The System Security Engineer (SSE) will work closely with the Information Assurance (IA) Thread Lead and customer to understand the new customer IA guidelines across the AMP2 program at the Redondo Beach, CA location. SSE will be responsible to lead technical efforts to implement information assurance into design and development of solutions for risk management framework (RMF). SSE will interface with a diverse team of IPT Leads, security teams, and the hardware and software engineers who are developing products for our space systems. The SSE will also be responsible for the System Key Management Plan and CDRL for the program and have a strong understanding of communications security.
Specific responsibilities include the following:
  • Define system security requirements, architecture, design, development, evaluation, certification, and accreditation for embedded and large-scale, distributed DoD avionics, computer, and communications systems.
  • Work with subcontractors and commercial vendors in the selection and evaluation of secure operating systems, applications, networks, hardware, databases, etc.
  • Present information in a positive manner to management and customers.
  • Work on multiple simultaneous tasks.
  • Apply advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts to programs.
  • Work on unusually complex technical problems and provide solutions which are highly innovative.
  • Derive assignments using self-initiative, then pursue courses of action necessary to obtain desired results.
  • Develop advanced technological ideas and guide their development into a final product.
  • Serve as organization spokesperson on advanced projects and/or programs.
  • Act as advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies and applications.
  • Collaborate on project management activities including planning, scheduling, budgeting and earned value.
  • Lead security business development and acquisition activities including proposal development, estimation and technical evaluation responses.
  • Apply risk management concepts to mitigate vulnerabilities in security architectures.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and teambuilding skills. Strong writing and oral presentation skills; ability to write final-version deliverable technical documents and reports.
Candidates to have specific domain expertise in System Security Engineering (SSE) / Information Assurance (IA) / Cyber Security; experience providing life-cycle support of Information Assurance (IA), architecture, design, implementation, secure software practices, validation and testing, and Certification & Accreditation (C&A); applying system security engineering principles to provide realistic solutions designed to enhance the security posture; and evaluating different network and enclave configurations with respect to the D0DI 8510.01 and NIST 800-53 Security Controls and formulate effective Risk Management Framework (RMF) processes & accreditation packages; and write RMF-based policies and procedures, and develop sound IA/ Cybersecurity processes to include implementation. Also have a strong background in Systems Engineering processes and requirements traceability and can provide leadership and mentorship to junior SE in properly implementing system security constraints aligned with program needs. Must be able to prioritize and execute tasks and enjoy working in a collaborative team environment, prepare coherent and concise documentation required for certification evaluation.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline from an ABET accredited university, and 9+ years of Systems Security or Systems Engineering experience in an Aerospace environment OR
  • Masters of Science degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline from an ABET accredited university with 7+ years of Systems Security or Systems Engineering experience in an Aerospace environment
  • PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline from an ABET accredited university, and 4+ years of Systems Security or Systems Engineering experience in an Aerospace environment
  • Active DoD Top Secret and/or SCI, In scope security clearance
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience implementing cryptographic algorithms in software.
  • Certification in one of the following: DoDI 8570 (CISSP), GSE, SCNA, GSLC, CISM.
  • Strong systems engineering knowledge of military/intelligence systems.
  • Experience developing system security engineering products and system security architectures, including development of CONOPS, Cybersecurity, IA requirements, and IA test plans/procedures.
  • Experience in the development, monitoring, and enforcement of CyberseIA procedures and processes for classified information processing systems, to include implementation of system auditing.
  • Experience developing security documentation in support of system security A&A (IATT/ATO) and compliance, including RMF/DIACAP, DoDI 8500.2, NIST SP 800-53.
  • Experience with multiple operating systems, such as Linux, Solaris, and Windows.
  • Experience with networking, firewalls, intrusion detection, and penetration testing.
  • Experience with HAIPE and/or NSA Type 1 crypto/key management development and integration.
  • Experience with architecture/design practices for DoD system high, multi-level secure (MLS), and cross-domain systems.
  • Experience with proposal development, program management, and business development.
  • Experience with system architecture modeling, DODAF, UML, SysML, and use case development.
  • Experience in key management for COTS/GOTS cryptographic units embedded in large systems.

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