Crypto/Cyber Systems Security Engineer (Top Secret) - Space Systems (Dulles)Dulles, VA

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This Sr./Principal Crypto/Cyber Systems Security Engineer position requires demonstrated technical accomplishments in cryptographic module validation efforts, key management planning, and cybersecurity implementation to securing complex, space systems. Space Systems are comprised of multiple segments -- Ground Segments, Communications Segments, and Space Segments. For this position, experience with global Communications Segments and their subsystems is essential. Alternatively, you may need experience in securing terrestrial RF communications for military applications. As an Engineer, you must have demonstrated technical accomplishments in the below tasks. This is a fully funded requisition for National Security Space missions that require the most trustworthy personnel; new hire start date is contingent on TS clearance transfer.

Responsibilities:

  • Providing Cryptographic module certification/approval guidance to program engineering leadership, based on expertise with FIPS-140 validation labs (and governing processes) and NSA approval processes for crypto implementations.

  • Preparing Key Management specifications and plans leveraging NSA key management infrastructure (KMI) with approved approaches towards implementing over the air rekeying or over the network rekeying (OTAR/OTNK).

  • Working as part of an integrated product team (IPT) to architect, implement, and satisfy Risk Management Framework (RMF) CyberSecurity, CyberResilience, and/or CyberSurvivability requirements of satellite communications links and related ground stations (aka teleports). The principal engineer engages with multiple engineering disciplines and contributes to the secure design of complex systems.

  • System Security Engineering Requirements management in support of program protection (PP) requirements, working with systems engineers to decompose system-level security controls into technical performance requirements across the segments and down to specific components, across disciplines Anti-Tamper, TEMPEST, Cybersecurity (RMF), and cryptographic component integration/development. The principal engineer ensures that Cyber requirements are included in the formal requirements tracking process and is Cyber/SSE contributor for a segment or subsystem.

  • Performing Attack Surface Analysis (ASA) and preparing Systems Security Plan (SSP) documentation for complex space systems, including Risk Assessment Reports (RAR), Security Control Traceability Matrices (SCTM), Security Assessment Procedures, and POA&Ms.

  • For space segments, the Principal Cyber SSE supports design and implementation of space vehicle hardening, for embedded processors and flight software. Experience with real-time operating systems, secure coding best practices, or other mission critical operational systems is required.

  • Preparing and Executing assessment procedures to verify conformance with Commercial, Federal Civilian agency, Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, and/or Special Access Program, Cyber/SSE security controls, and or survivability requirements, as required based on the specified customer/system requirements.

  • Excellent technical document preparation and communication with a variety of stakeholders ranging from technical staffers up to senior program managers.

This position can be filled at the level 3 or level 4.

Basic Qualifications

Sr. Principal Engineer

  • Minimum BS degree in engineering, with Electrical Engineering preferred with 9 years of experience; or a Masters degree with 7 years; or a PhD with 4 years. Experience may be considered in lieu of degree

  • Minimum 9 years of Cyber/SSE experience, preferably within the defense aerospace industry.

  • Current DoD 8570 IASAE Level II certification (CISSP preferred).

  • Experience preparing Key and Certificate Management Plans for complex national security systems.

  • Familiarity with CNSSI 1031 and preparing System TRANSEC Plans.

  • Experience executing any crypto certification/approval/validation process for federal applications.

  • Experience executing the RMF process from system categorization through continuous monitoring.

  • US Citizen with active Top Secret security clearance, with SCI and DCID 6/4 eligibility.

Principal Engineer

  • Minimum BS degree in engineering, with Electrical Engineering preferred with 5 years of experience; or a Masters degree with 3 years; or a PhD. Experience may be considered in lieu of degree

  • Minimum 5 years of Cyber/SSE experience, preferably within the defense aerospace industry.

  • Current DoD 8570 IASAE Level II certification (CISSP preferred).

  • Experience preparing Key and Certificate Management Plans for complex national security systems.

  • Familiarity with CNSSI 1031 and preparing System TRANSEC Plans.

  • Experience executing any crypto certification/approval/validation process for federal applications.

  • Experience executing the RMF process from system categorization through continuous monitoring.

  • US Citizen with active Top Secret security clearance, with SCI and DCID 6/4 eligibility.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS degree in Electrical, Systems, or Aerospace Engineering.

  • Current CISSP-ISSEP or CISSP-ISSAP.

  • 7 years of IA/cybersecurity experience, with are least 3 of those within the SAP community in the defense aerospace industry.

  • Experience with NSA crypto certification for national security applications is a plus.

  • Working knowledge of COMSEC and TRANSEC applications within space systems.

The Northrop Grumman Tactical Space Division is a strategic partner specializing in commercial and classified partnerships with the design, delivery, operation and sustainment of satellites and human spacecraft. We support science and space exploration through our various partnerships, including NASA's Artemis program with the goal to return humans to the Moon in 2024 and the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) program that has discovered more than twenty confirmed plants. Recognized as an industry leader, we also develop highly specialized space and satellite components.

Northrop Grumman offers a competitive and robust benefits program.

As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

Medical

Dental & Vision coverage

401k

Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

Flexible Schedules (For example the ability to work a 9/80 work schedule, which allows an employee to work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday and take every other Friday off of work)

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Salary Range: $118,000 - $177,000

Salary Range 2: $146,300 - $219,500

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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