Information System Security Officer (ISSO)

    • Laurel, MD

Do you love to develop high complex solutions?

Are you searching for meaningful work in system administration support of Highly Classified networks?

Are you passionate about Information Systems Security Management?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL...

We are seeking a dedicated Information System Security Officer to help us protect APL's information technology infrastructure.

As a member of our team, you'll contribute to IS Security Management and oversight of our Highly Classified information systems in support of Sponsor/Program needs. You'll join an impressive team of technical specialists who are motivated by one common goal. We are passionate about supporting our Program needs. You'll be an active contributor to the safeguarding of all APL's Sponsor network systems. With your help, we will provide information assurance, system administration, and systems engineering for mainly Windows and some Linux-based systems in multiple highly classified facilities. You'll independently identify and solve technical issues relating to Information Assurance system hardening (ensuring system availability, integrity, authentication and confidentiality).

As an ISSO...

  • Your primary responsibility will be providing security relevant documentation such as security CONOPS, Security Controls Traceability Matrix's, System Security Plans, Risk Assessment Reports, Contingency Plans.
  • Perform and analyze weekly security audits for nonstandard events. Implement backup solution and ensure a cohesive disaster recovery plan.
  • Configure, install, and maintain mostly Windows computer systems and some Linux systems in a stand-alone and networked environment based upon classified security requirements.
  • Manage user accounts for Windows/Linux systems, reset passwords, and perform annual computer recertification.
  • Research, diagnose and resolve complex computer system software and hardware issues as they arise.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Possess a BS degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, related field or equivalent experience.
  • Have 2 years of Windows systems administration experience.
  • Proven Assessment and Authorization experience working with the Risk Management Framework (RMF), NISPOM, or JSIG.
  • A minimum of 2 years experience solving information technology problems and working in a classified computer facility in information, intelligence, or security areas.
  • Deep understanding of computer operating systems, hardware, and software.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with managers and technical staff.
  • Current DoD 8570 certification (Security or CISSP), or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment required.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security clearance. Current SSBI required. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Are able to obtain a TS/SCI poly level clearance.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have experience working in or directly supporting the Department of Defense or other U.S. government entities desired.
  • Some Linux computer experience.
  • Experience with VMware or other virtualization software.
  • Some practical experience with programming / scripting languages.
  • Working familiarity with Director of Central Intelligence Directives (DCID) or Intelligence Community Directives (ICD) security requirements.
  • Proven excellent oral and written communication skills, and the understanding of customer focus.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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