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Northrop Grumman Sr Principal Cyber Systems Engineer in Edwards AFB, California

Put your skills to the test by pushing the boundaries of what's possible. From global defense to sustainment and modernization to mission readiness, your experience and ability will make it a reality. Our programs are built on equal parts of curiosity and collaboration. Our combined effort means our customers can connect and defend millions of people around the world. With Northrop Grumman, you'll have the opportunity to be an essential part of projects that will define your career, now and in the future.

Job Description:

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is currently seeking a Senior Principal Cyber Systems Engineer for a new and exciting effort located in Edwards AFB, CA. We're looking for a highly motivated, team oriented, individual that understands security and the importance to our mission. The candidate will act as a Cyber Subject Matter Expert (SME) and ensure compliance with the Risk Management Framework. The candidate will also performs technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems.


  • Design, plan, implement, and perform assessment of security controls, polices, and processes compliance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-53, CNSSI 1253, and DoD RMF Knowledge Service guidance

  • Participate in assessment of systems security controls to validate control implementation and identify weaknesses

  • Document the results of Certification and Accreditation activities, technical or coordination activity, prepare the system Security Plans, and update the POA&M.

  • Periodically conduct a complete review of each system's audits and monitor corrective actions until all actions are closed

  • Implementation, automation, configuration and maintenance of security tools, centralized authentication solutions, IDS/IPS, and compliance baselines

  • Participate in team reviews of technical requirements, design and implementation plans prior to deployment

  • Recommend and implement system enhancements that will improve the performance, reliability, and security of the system including installing, upgrading, monitoring, problem resolution, and configuration

  • Serve as a Cyber Security engineer (ISSE) supporting high-level technical and practical expertise

  • Assures the implementation of Cyber Security disciplines, including COMSEC, COMPUSEC, EMSEC, OPSEC, digital communications systems, network protocols and architectures, and penetration tools and techniques

  • Support the continuous assessment of IA Control compliance for systems within their responsibility



Basic Qualifications:

  • This position emphasizes skills and experience. High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) and at least 13 years of applied experience

  • Will consider 9 years of applied experience with a Bachelor's degree in a STEM related field; 7 years with Masters

  • Must have a minimum of an active Secret Clearance, with a PR within last 5 years

  • Must be able to obtain Special Program Access prior to onboarding and then maintain

  • Must have at minimum a current DoD 8570 IAM Level I Certification (Security+CE)

  • Experience in preparing and/or reviewing technical and programmatic documentation

  • Experience translating technical concepts and program information to others

  • Solid understanding of planning, design, and implementation necessary to support a large enterprise system

  • Experience with SDLC and DOORs application

  • Working knowledge of NIST 800-53 RMF required documentation, like SSP, SCTM, SAR, RAR

  • Experience with Security Incident Event Monitoring and IDS/IPS tools like ACAS, ESS (HBSS)

  • Experience with vulnerability and compliance scanners like NESSUS and SCAP

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Master's degree with a technical emphasis (e.g. Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science, EE)

  • DoD 8570 IAM II/III Certification (CAP, GLSC, CISSP, CASP CE)

  • DoD 8500-series and 8510.01 IA policy directives, approaches to cyber security, knowledge of security procedures, IATO and ATO requirements

  • Excellent communication (written and oral), negotiation and interpersonal skills necessary to support known ISSE activities/challenges working with engineering teams, management, customers, partners and government

  • Experience with Microsoft Hyper V, Cisco Firepower and other next generation switches and firewalls

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.

Job Category : Information Technology