Principal / Cyber Systems Engineer (Top Secret) - Space / Satellite Systems (Dulles VA) Dulles, VA

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have 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.

We have an opening for a Cyber Systems Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals in the Tactical Space organization. This position will be located in Dulles, VA. Due to the nature of the work, this position will be on-site only.

This Cyber Systems Engineering position is an early to mid-level career position that requires demonstrated technical knowledge, cybersecurity certification(s), and other cybersecurity accomplishments that are needed to secure Space Systems. This position has responsibilities focused on a Space Systems Ground Segment and Mission Application Software Security.

To be successful, you must have the experience and maturity to work independently as an individual technical contributor and the ability to engage with additional disciplines (DevOps, I&T, Software Dev) to accomplish work tasks. This is a funded requisition for a National Security Space program and requires personnel with fully vetted backgrounds. This team-focused position is primarily engaged during the Development & Implementation mission phase; however, knowledge of the complete Systems Development LifeCycle (SDLC) is essential for mission success. This position requires a broad range of skillsets and interests, including Cybersecurity Systems Engineering, theSoftware Development Lifecycle and RMF ISSE/ISSO responsibilities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Working as an individual contributor representing the Cyber domain within an integrated product team (IPT) to architect, implement, and execute Risk Management Framework (RMF) CyberSecurity, CyberResilience, and/or CyberSurvivability requirements of ground command & control (C2) systems and mission application software

  • Analyzing System & Software Security Engineering requirements in support of satisfying program protection requirements, working with systems engineers to decompose system-level security requirements across the ground segment

  • Contributing to Systems Security Plans (SSPs) documentation for complex space systems, Risk Assessment Reports (RAR), Security Control Traceability Matrices (SCTM), Plan of Actions & Milestones (POA&M), and Security Assessment Reports

  • Performing traditional ISSO responsibilities for complex mission systems, by maintaining all RMF deliverables and assessment procedures and related artifacts,

  • Working with cross-discipline teams (DevOps, SA, I&T, SW Dev) to execute Software Security Best-Practices, Continuous Monitoring (ConMon), and re-authorization assessment events

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

  • Contributing to the implementation and verification of specific security components by performing systems engineering, integration, and test (SEIT) activities for security-critical components. Integrating legacy, stove-piped space mission ground systems and coordinating their migration to modern, enterprise-scalable, cloud-like ground environments

  • Experience with one/or more of the following: Static Code Analysis, Vulnerability Scanning, Compliance Scanning, Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) & Dependency Scanning utilizing industry standard tools

  • Working in an Agile engineering environment, where the Cybersecurity Engineers may assist in triage of scan findings (e.g. Fortify) and assist in prioritizing the findings as technical debt in the SwDLC backlog

  • Deploying security infrastructure and services for Mission Unique Software (MUS) in computing clouds and/or highly virtualized environments

  • Preparing Certification To Field (CTF) assessment procedures, based on NIST 800-53a

  • Executing CTF test cases for observation by customer cybersecurity representatives

  • Conducting Defensive Cyber Operations activities, including vulnerability scanning, remediation and patch management activities on Windows and RedHat Linux operating systems and various COTS/GOTS applications, including those within virtualized and/or cloud environments

  • Reviewing system security audit logs to identify suspicious and/or malicious activity

  • Executing appropriate Incident Response procedure, as needed

  • Documenting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and when needed, performing (or contributing to) software patch installation, other flaw remediation, antivirus updates, and ConMon activities. - Ensuring systems are operated, maintained, and disposed of in accordance with security policies and procedures as outlined in the system security plan (SSP), the authorization package, and/or customer-specific guidance

To be successful you should have:

  • Hands-on experience with industry platform hardening practices, such as DISA Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) implementation, as well as documentation of deviations and mitigations

  • Experience or a Demonstrated understanding of systems/network scanning, remediation, mitigation, and reporting of cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered through use of audit reduction tools and/or the DISA Automated Security Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) tool or Tenable NESSUS

  • Experience or a Demonstrated understanding of conducting security log reviews and implementation of the RMF Assessment & Authorization (A&A) process from system categorization through continuous monitoring

  • Excellent technical document preparation skills (SSP, SCTM, RAR, ASA, SOPs, POAMs) and related artifacts as required to satisfy security controls across all families

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders ranging from technical staffers up to senior program managers

  • There will be a strong focus on Sec + or CISSP or similar experience, RMF, and JSIG experience

Basic Qualifications:

  • Cyber Systems Engineer :

  • BS degree in STEM with 2 years of Cybersecurity experience, preferably for USG customers. Experience can be considered in lieu of degree

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current Top Secret Security Clearance, with eligibility to obtain SCI

  • Security Plus (+) Certification

  • Exposure and/or Experience to both NIST 800-37 and NIST 800-53

  • Principal Cyber Systems Engineer :

  • BS degree in STEM with 5 years of Cybersecurity experience, preferably for USG customers; or 3 years with a Masters'; or 0 with a PhD. Experience can be considered in lieu of degree

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship with active or current Top Secret Security Clearance, with eligibility to obtain SCI

  • Security Plus (+) Certification

  • Exposure and/or Experience to both NIST 800-37 and NIST 800-53

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, or Systems Engineering

  • CISSP or CSSLP (or Associate equivalent) Certification

  • Networking Experience or Certification

  • CI/CD Pipeline and Automation experience

  • Proficiency in a Software Development language (C++, Java, Python)

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:


Dental & Vision coverage


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: $93,500 - $140,300

Salary Range 2: $115,200 - $172,800

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.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.