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Northrop Grumman Systems Engineer, Staff - Cyber System Security Engineer in Redondo Beach, California

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The Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking an exceptionally qualified and proven Cyber System Security Engineer to join our System Engineering team. The candidate must be capable of leading technical efforts in support of program cyber and system security execution across various IPTs and for a geographically dispersed team.

Role and Responsibilities:

Candidate will perform system security engineering activities supporting all phases of systems development in the areas of Cybersecurity/Information Assurance (IA)/System Security Engineering, and Security Assessment and Authorization (A&A) as per RMF (Risk Management Framework) for multiple programs and R&D activities at the Redondo Beach, CA and El Segundo, CA locations for embedded and large-scale distributed DoD space, computer, and communication systems.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Define system security requirements, architecture, design, development, evaluation, certification, and accreditation for embedded and large-scale, distributed DoD 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.

  • Review of selected controls in conjunction with customer selected control overlays to eliminate, mitigate or minimize Information System vulnerabilities with respect to the stated confidentiality, integrity, and availability

  • Perform System Security Engineering trade-offs to examine cybersecurity, resiliency, and survivability design concepts, features, and countermeasures to minimize vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and implementation costs

  • Coordinate program-wide effort to identify Critical Program Information and Critical Components driven by the Program Protection Implementation Plan

  • 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) and Anti-Tamper (AT) for requirements, architecture, design, implementation, secure software practices, validation and testing, and Assessment and Authorization (A&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 DoDI 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. 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's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline from an ABET accredited university, and 14+ years of Systems Security or Systems Engineering experience in an Aerospace environment OR

  • Master's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline from an ABET accredited university with 12+ years of engineering experience OR

  • PhD in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) discipline from an ABET accredited university with 9+ years of engineering experience

  • Must have 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.

Candidate must have, and be able to maintain, at least ONE of the following active U.S. Government security clearances:

  • Dept. of Defense Top Secret level with a background investigation date within 6 years OR

  • SCI access with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years OR

  • Dept. of Energy Q clearance with a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years OR

  • Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within 5 years

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience implementing cryptographic algorithms in software.

  • Certification in one of the following: DoDI 8570 (CISSP), GSE, SCNA, GSLC, CISM.

  • Experience in the development, monitoring, and enforcement of Cybersecurity/IA 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 DoDI 8510.01, "Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology (IT)", CNSSI No. 1253, and 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, MBSE, DODAF, UML, SysML, and use case development.

  • Experience in key management for COTS/GOTS cryptographic units embedded in large systems.

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Job Category : Engineering