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Senior Space Security Engineer, #4395

Brief Description

LinQuest is seeking a uniquely experienced Space Security Engineer to join our team in El Segundo, CA.


You will support the Space Missile Systems Center’s Science and Technology division under the Space Command’s newly organized SME 2.0.


The Space Security Specialist/Engineer will be responsible for applying an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to plan, design, develop and verify a lifecycle balanced system security solution in support of program protection planning. They will provide overall guidance for defining parameters about a family of innovative space systems that leverage today’s technology for tomorrow’s development of testing and experimentation on orbit.

The successful candidate will work in the LA area, supporting the SMC/AD METIS (Management Operations, Enterprise Architecting, Test and Validation, Integration, and Systems Engineering) contract. This will be a small team of highly skilled space professionals working with the government’s lead for special projects and providing guidance on current work and recommendations for future initiatives.


  • Evaluate customer/operational needs with other engineering disciplines to lead the team through the RMF 6-step process for mitigating intentional threats, define security control requirements with traditional system’s functional and performance requirements
  • Support the integration and test of security and program protection aspects into the system. Identify key technical parameters requiring protection
  • Coordinate with System Engineers, test and validation engineers and program management on security related activities and requirements especially for protecting the key technologies most likely to provide the war winning edge
  • Analyze architecture and system functionality for a broad range of technologies. Evaluates system security configurations. Prepares and presents technical reports and briefings. Performs various analyses to optimize total system of systems and/or system architecture program protection. Evaluates findings and performs root cause analysis for threat based scenarios
  • Assess risks, threats, and vulnerabilities of the product assets in accordance with accepted industry, professional, and government standards to ensure security design integrity, availability, confidentiality and contract compliance. Conducts and documents vulnerability assessments. Conducts remediation reviews
  • Evaluate the remediation recommendations and develops a cost to mitigate estimate. Employs system security processes, methods, and tools and assures their consistent application

 Required Skills:

  • Communication Skills: Demonstrated leadership qualities, strong verbal/written communication skills, communicate clearly at both one-on-one and group levels, communicate with team leaders, managers and internal employees in the decision-making process to obtain needed information, make the most appropriate decisions, and ensure buy-in and understanding of resulting decisions
  • Task Management Skills: Proactively determine project or assignment requirements by breaking them down into tasks and identifying types of equipment, materials, and people needed. Consistently and proactively identify more critical and less critical activities and assignments and effectively adjust priorities when appropriate
  • Team Coordination Skills: Ensure continuous improvement and communicate expectations directly, openly and effectively; convey a sense of purpose and mission that motivates others, maintains direction, and balances big-picture concerns with day-to-day issues;  guide others in creating relevant options for addressing problems/opportunities and achieving desired outcomes
  • Base of Knowledge Skills: Knowledge of verification, validation, certification and qualification processes and procedures, including knowledge of current governing regulations and compliance requirements; an ability to understand satellite systems and their associated security related requirements (including vulnerability); advanced level of understanding and proficiency in the use of networking computing hardware and software applications; extensive knowledge of processes and tools needed to maintain, archive, and retrieve digital files; as it relates to cybersecurity, ability to read and understand contracts, Statements of Work (SoW), and DD-254s


Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge and experience working with classification authorities the ability to determine parameters of existing data and potential hurdles within the DoD / Industry for protecting data



Required Experience:

  • Technical Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years' related work experience; or a Master's Degree with 7 or more years' related work experience; or a PhD degree with typically 4 or more years' related work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • IAM Level III DoD 8140.01 (previously 8570.01) compliant certification required. (i.e. GSLC, CISM, or CISSP)
  • Must have an active TS/SCI clearance to be considered for this position



Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with policies and implementation of Risk Management Framework (RMF): e.g. DAAPM, ICD-503, JSIG, and/or NIST 800 series special publications
  • Experience in assessing and documenting test or analysis data to show cybersecurity compliance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of processes and tools to maintain, archive, sanitize, and retrieve digital files
  • Demonstrated knowledge with security relevant tools, systems, and applications in support of RMF to include: NESSUS, ACAS, DISA STIGs, SCAP, Audit Reduction, and HBSS
  • Experience with Industrial Security policies/processes
  • Demonstrated experience with performing security compliance monitoring and security policy assessments/audits


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to providing a work environment that values and respects each Team Member as an individual and important member of our culturally diverse organization. In keeping with this commitment, the Company is dedicated to providing a work environment free from any type of discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, covered veteran and military status, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics,political affiliation, or any other classification protected by law. This commitment and policy applies to all areas of employment.


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Security Clearance:
Top Secret / SCI
El Segundo, California
United States
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